According to Marsh, the $125 million Plug Power Inc. project will create almost 380 new jobs. The center will be located in Henrietta and will be the world’s first gigafactory for proton exchange membrane technology.
“The key component in a fuel cell is actually something called Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA),” Marsh said. “We will be doing more research and development on MEAs here. We will also be designing fuel cell stacks.”
Marsh says they will manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks and electrolyzers to power a variety of things including material handling equipment, on-road commercial fleet vehicles, and drones.
“The fuel cell stacks a lot like a battery, and there’s certain applications where like the truck behind me because batteries are much bigger because of fuel cells, fuel cells offer a unique advantage because they’re smaller,” Marsh said.
Marsh says not only will this help bring hundreds of new jobs, but it will help the state’s efforts to increase renewable energy and build back a cleaner economy.
“It’s really exciting,” Marsh said. “I hope for the Rochester area to part of this new growing clean economy.”