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28 Mar 2024

A new hydrogen refueling station has been installed by the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Amy Power
A new hydrogen refueling station has been installed by the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Recently the PDC Machines delivered a hydrogen refueling unit to the Lincoln Financial Field, the stadium where the Philadelphia Eagles play. The National Football League (NFL) team unveiled the new addition which will be capable of producing and refueling on site.

The expectation for this excellent new addition is that it will gradually progress to the point that it is able to produce 100% renewable energy, which will be put to use in stadium operations. These tasks will include things such as fueling fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and material handling equipment.

This equipment was developed by SimpleFuel and the solution is designed to only require inputs of water and electricity, which will then enable it to produce clean hydrogen fuel.

The plan for this new equipment was first announced by the NFL outfit and PDC in 2020, when the companies stated that they would be bringing hydrogen to the Lincoln Financial Field stadium. At the same time as this announcement, the companies also mentioned that the innovative technology would be created through a collaboration with SimpleFuel, who would be supplying the hydrogen refueling unit.

The addition of this new technology is an excellent addition to the area and it aligns with the Philadelphia Eagles’ Go Green programme. The project has created a micro-grid of 10,456 solar panels which help to generate over 24 million kilowatt hours. This ability will help bring the stadium to the point where it is known as one of the world’s greenest major sports facilities.

Executive Chairman at PDC Machines, Kareem Afzal, commented, “This is truly the first that I’ve seen anywhere in the world, a stadium that’s producing hydrogen on site and fuelling vehicles on site.”

Pennsylvania Governor, Josh Shapiro, stated that ‘the partnership between the two organisations will take the 67,000-capacity stadium “to the next level.”’ He continued, “[The] hydrogen can be used to power stadium operations [and] refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles. We need to capitalise on renewable energy, this is the future and we’re poised in Pennsylvania to be the leader.”


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