Massachusetts State Senator, State Representative, and Policymakers meet with Advent executives at the Company’s new Hood Park facility to discuss the key role of fuel cells in driving forward the clean energy transition
Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADN) (“Advent” or the “Company”), an innovation-driven leader in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology sectors, today announced that on Friday, October 14, 2022, it hosted elected officials and policymakers from Massachusetts at its new R&D and manufacturing facility at the Hood Park campus in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
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From left to right: Dr. Emory De Castro (Chief Technology Officer, Advent Technologies), Sue Whitaker (Regional Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development), Warren Brower (Vice President of Business Development, Advent Technologies), Danny Ryan (State Representative), Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Advent Technologies), Mark Wigfall (Greater Boston Market Maker from Commonwealth Corporation), Jim Coffey (Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Advent Technologies)
State Senator Sal DiDomenico, State Representative Danny Ryan, Regional Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development Sue Whitaker, and, Greater Boston Market Maker from Commonwealth Corporation Mark Wigfall were welcomed to the Hood Park campus by senior Advent executives, including Advent’s Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, CTO Dr. Emory De Castro, COO and General Counsel Jim Coffey, Vice President of Business Development Warren Brower and Facilities and Operations Manager Rich Nelson.
The visit started with a walking tour of Advent’s new state-of-the-art facility, located at the heart of one of Boston’s latest innovation and R&D communities in Charlestown. Hood Park is expected to be operational in December 2022 and will primarily focus on the development and production of Advent’s next-generation fuel cell components, allowing the Company to scale-up and deliver on the increasing global demand for electrochemical components in the clean energy sector.
One of the products to be manufactured within the Hood Park facility is the next-generation Membrane Electrode Assembly (“Advent MEA”), which is currently being developed within the framework of L’Innovator, the Company’s joint development program with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MEAs form the heart of the fuel cell, and their performance determines the lifetime, efficiency, weight, and to a large extent the cost of the downstream electrochemistry products. Advent intends that both its own products such as SereneU, Honey Badger 50™, MZERØ and third party products will be able to use the new Advent MEAs in mass production from 2024, according to the Company’s growth plan.
The visit of Massachusetts elected officials and policymakers to the Hood Park campus continued with a presentation of Advent’s wide range of fuel cell products and future plans. Advent executives had the opportunity to highlight the unique competitive advantages of the Company’s proprietary High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HT-PEM) technology – which can support multiple fuels, efuels, and low-grade hydrogen on board and operate under extreme conditions (-38°C to +50°C) – and share details regarding Advent’s current projects in the U.S., highlighting the Company’s potential involvement in the development of a proposal for a U.S. Northeast Clean Hydrogen Hub.
The Massachusetts clean energy sector has experienced significant growth over the past years, and the state continues to pursue innovative measures to ensure grid modernization, storage, and alternative transportation. In March 2021, Governor Baker signed into law An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, putting the Commonwealth on a pathway to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. According to Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s 2021 Industry Report, the Massachusetts clean energy industry saw 68% jobs growth since 2010, counting approximately 101,208 clean energy workers. Furthermore, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, in 2020, Massachusetts ranked second in energy efficiency across the U.S.
Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Advent’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We would like to extend our gratitude to State Senator DiDomenico, State Representative Ryan, Ms. Whitaker, and Mr. Wigfall for taking the time to visit our new Charlestown facility. With the grand opening of Hood Park fast approaching, this meeting was an excellent opportunity to showcase how this new facility is expected to unlock significant market opportunities for Advent across the U.S. and create numerous job opportunities for young Material Scientists and Fuel Cell Engineers based in Massachusetts. The Advent team looks forward to contributing greatly to Massachusetts’ ambitious goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through constantly innovating, with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency.”
Dr. Emory De Castro, Advent’s Chief Technology Officer, added: “We were deeply honored to host Massachusetts elected officials and policymakers to our new Hood Park facility and provide them with an overview of Advent’s manufacturing scale-up plans and growth path. As a proud Boston-based Company, we selected Massachusetts and Hood Park due to the close proximity to top research universities and access to a wide pool of intellectual talent. Hood Park will play a key role in further strengthening our efforts to help the world decarbonize quickly by enabling Advent to scale-up the manufacturing of next-generation electrochemistry components, which are expected to revolutionize the fuel cell industry.”
About Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc.
Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a U.S. corporation that develops, manufactures, and assembles complete fuel cell systems as well as supplying customers with critical components for fuel cells in the renewable energy sector. Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in California, Greece, Denmark, Germany, and the Philippines. With more than 150 patents issued, pending, and/or licensed for fuel cell technology, Advent holds the IP for next-generation HT-PEM that enables various fuels to function at high temperatures and under extreme conditions – offering a flexible fuel option for the automotive, aviation, defense, oil and gas, marine, and power generation sectors. For more information, visit www.advent.energy.
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