“Plymouth Charter Township is an ideal location for Nel. Here, we have access to a highly educated workforce, universities and research institutions, and we are close to our collaborating partner, General Motors,” said Håkon Volldal, CEO of Nel. “In addition, the Government and the authorities of Michigan have provided a very attractive financial support package for us,” he added.
The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has today decided to support the project with a USD 10 million Michigan Business Development grant. The MSF board also approved a 15-year, 100% State Essential Services Assessment (SESA) Exemption Request, valued at up to USD 6.25 million to support the project. Nel has so far secured more than USD 50 million in support for its Michigan site. Pending approval of additional state and federal applications, this amount could increase to around USD 150 million.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nel Hydrogen and its new gigafactory to Southeast Michigan,” said the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.
“This investment will bring good-paying jobs to the region and build on our leadership in cars, chips, and clean energy. We know the best manufacturing in the world happens right here in our state, and we were proud to share our vision for a clean energy future during our economic mission to Europe earlier this year. We will continue to let the world know about our state’s attractive business climate, talented workforce, and commitment to clean hydrogen development as we work to bring these transformational investments home to Michigan,” said Whitmer.
The manufacturing facility in Plymouth will build on Nel’s fully automated electrolyser concept, which the company has developed at its production facility in Herøya, Norway. Similarly, the company’s expansion of the facility in Wallingford will play a critical role in creating a blueprint for scaling up the production of Nel’s PEM electrolysers.
The factory will be built in steps to match supply with demand. A final investment decision for constructing this facility has not been made yet.