Nikola Corp., a global provider of zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions, and TC Energy Corp., a North American energy infrastructure company, have agreed to collaborate on co-developing, constructing, operating, and owning large-scale hydrogen production facilities in the United States and Canada. Nikola’s Energy business unit and TC Energy are actively collaborating to identify and develop projects to establish the infrastructure required to deliver hydrogen at scale in line with each company’s core objectives. Furthermore, Nikola and TC Energy will work to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty, zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen across industrial sectors by establishing hubs in key geographic locations.
As part of the collaboration, the company’s plan is to establish hubs producing 165 tons (150 tonnes) or more of hydrogen per day near highly traveled truck corridors. This will serve Nikola’s planned need for hydrogen to fuel its Class 8 FCEVs within the next five years.
TC Energy has pipeline, storage, and power assets that can potentially be leveraged to lower the cost and increase the speed of delivery of these hydrogen production hubs. This may include exploring the integration of midstream assets to enable hydrogen distribution and storage via pipeline and/or to deliver carbon dioxide (CO2) to permanent sequestration sites to decarbonize the hydrogen production process, the company said.
“This collaboration with TC Energy is intended to enable the production of hydrogen at quantities and costs that are required to support customer adoption and use of FCEVs. TC Energy also offers pipeline distribution capabilities that will be essential for cost-efficient movement of hydrogen in the future. Today marks a major step by Nikola in accordance with its stated energy strategy for the provision of hydrogen fuel solutions to future Nikola FCEV customers and to public network fueling stations,” said Nikola President, Energy and Commercial, Pablo Koziner.
“By leveraging our natural gas and power operations footprint, we see this new partnership as an important first step in facilitating access to affordable low-carbon production of hydrogen for the transportation and industrial sector,” said Corey Hessen, TC Energy’s senior vice president and president, Power and Storage. “TC Energy is focused on our own decarbonization efforts as well as providing carbon-free energy to the North American industrial, natural gas, and oil sectors. Nikola as a partner and as a customer aligns well with that approach.”