News secures a 2 million grant to develop a fuel cell system factory

29 August 2023 | Buccaneers

Huge news from our Buccaneer The scale-up company which is specialized in developing hydrogen fuel cell systems, secured a € 1.98 million grant from the European Just Transition Fund to develop a fuel cell system factory.

The factory, to be established in the Greater-Rijnmond region, will allow to strengthen its leading position in Europe’s growing hydrogen sector. With the support of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) and Social Affairs and Employment (SZW), as well as the municipalities in the Dutch Greater Rijnmond area, aims to accelerate the energy transition and foster resilience in the labour market.

“We are thrilled and proud to receive this significant grant from the Just Transition Fund. This is an important step towards establishing a new state-of-the-art production facility for our fuel cell systems. It will allow us to further accelerate our technology and scale-up the production and deployment of these hydrogen systems in the next few years.”

Jonas Brendelberger, co-founder of

The factory will be dedicated the production of zepp’s Y50 and X150 fully integrated hydrogen fuel cell modules, which can power vehicles, vessels or other heavy machinery. It will enable to scale up their production to 1,000 systems annually. Each of their systems ultimately replaces a polluting diesel engine resulting in a reduction of between 111 and 332 metric tons of CO2 per system per year.

Accelerating innovation in the Zuid-Holland region

We are very excited about this news. It is a huge opportunity for to scale-up their business. And if we look in a larger scheme, it is very good to see the support of national- and regional governments in the Zuid-Holland region to scale-up promising innovations. Only together we can accelerate the energy transition.   

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