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Nebraska Company Expands to Meet Demand for Hydrogen Fuel

February 4, 2014

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Hexagon Lincoln develops carbon fiber composite fuel tanks that help deliver hydrogen to fleets throughout the country. The company has more than doubled its workforce to accommodate growing demand for the tanks. | Photo courtesy of Hexagon Lincoln

Hexagon Lincoln develops carbon fiber composite fuel tanks that help deliver hydrogen to fleets throughout the country. The company has more than doubled its workforce to accommodate growing demand for the tanks. | Photo courtesy of Hexagon Lincoln

A Lincoln, Nebraska-based company is growing fast to meet the demands of America’s clean energy economy. Hexagon Lincoln creates carbon fiber composite fuel tanks used to transport hydrogen across the country. To help deliver hydrogen to fleets that are increasingly switching to the clean fuel, the company developed a new trailer with financial support from the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  Hexagon has more than doubled its workforce and added a fourth shift for 24-hour/7-days-a-week operation to accommodate growing demand for its tanks.

Hexagon’s new trailers use high-strength composite vessels that haul more than 720 kilograms of hydrogen, more than double the amount of traditional steel tube trailers. The trailers provide storage needed to ship large amounts of hydrogen to fuel cell-powered cars, trucks, and buses throughout the country. The increased business has helped Hexagon grow the number of its employees from 119 to 269, creating jobs for the Lincoln community. Hexagon has also leveraged its EERE-supported hydrogen storage tank technology for use storing natural gas.

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