Established in 1927 by Norsk Hydro, one of the largest aluminium companies worldwide, Nel started life as a renewable hydrogen producer for the fertiliser business. Today, the famously purple-branded pure player provides – and pioneers – hydrogen solutions covering the entire value chain: from hydrogen production technologies to the manufacture of hydrogen fuelling stations, through to providing all fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) with the same fast fuelling and long range as conventional vehicles today.
The company is a leader in the industry, installing the first small electrolyser at Norsk Hydro’s Notodden, Norway site in 1927. Since then, Nel has installed several of the largest hydrogen plants in history and, through a compelling combination of a range of acquisitions and organic growth in more recent years, its footprint today is unquestionable; Nel has delivered more than 3,500 hydrogen solutions in 80+ countries worldwide. This includes building and operating the first solar-driven hydrogen production plant in the US and constructing the world’s largest installation of water electrolysers in Rjukan, Norway.
“Nel has been at this for a long time,” Løkke affirmed. “We have a leading position in the industry and have deployed more equipment than anyone else. Our experience speaks for itself. But I think what really makes the difference is that we recognise that that’s not enough; we’re not satisfied with staying still.”
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