Chevron, Cummins announce hydrogen MOU

By Mike Brezonick15 July 2021

Just days after announcing that it has begun testing of a hydrogen internal combustion engine, Cummins announced a partnership with a major oil & energy company aimed at expanding opportunities related to hydrogen.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., through its Chevron Products Company division (Chevron), and Cummins have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a strategic alliance to develop commercially viable business opportunities in hydrogen and other alternative energy sources.

A Cummins’ PEM electrolyzer, used to produce “green” hydrogen. Cummmins and Chevron have announced an MOU dedicated to expanding potential business options related to H2.

“Chevron is committed to developing and delivering affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy, and collaborating with Cummins is a positive step toward our goal of building a large-scale business in a lower-carbon area that is complementary to our current offerings,” said Andy Walz, president of Chevron’s Americas Fuels & Lubricants.

The MOU provides the framework for Chevron and Cummins to initially collaborate on four main objectives:

- Advancing public policy that promotes hydrogen as a decarbonizing solution for transportation and industry.

- Building market demand for commercial vehicles and industrial applications powered by hydrogen.

- Developing infrastructure to support the use of hydrogen for industry and fuel cell vehicles.

- Exploring opportunities to leverage Cummins electrolyzer and fuel cell technologies at one or more of Chevron’s domestic refineries.

“Working with Chevron to advance hydrogen technology and accelerate ecosystem development helps us continue our goal in enabling a carbon-neutral world,” said Amy Davis, vice president and president of New Power at Cummins. “The energy transition is happening, and we recognize the critical role hydrogen will play in our energy mix.

“We’ve deployed more than 2000 fuel cells and 600 electrolyzers around the world and are exploring other hydrogen alternatives including a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine as we continue to accelerate and harness hydrogen’s powerful potential.”

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