Bucks firm exports machine that turns water into hydrogen fuel

An American consortium that includes Warminster manufacturer PDC Machines Inc. on Wednesday unveiled a SimpleFuel hydrogen fueling device in Japan, where its producers hope to kick off a market for clean-fuel vehicles.

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Japanese officials and representatives of an American consortium that includes PDC Machines Inc., of Warminster cut the ribbon Wednesday on a SimpleFuel hydrogen fueling machine, the first commercial deployment of the device.

The first commercial deployment of the SimpleFuel machine is aimed at expanding the market for hydrogen-fueled vehicles, which produce no toxic air emissions. The device uses electricity to extract hydrogen from water. In Japan, the hydrogen will power an electric fuel-cell forklift.

The SimpleFuel machine  won a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) competition last year to develop an on-site system to produce high-purity hydrogen

PDC, a 41-year-old family-owned manufacturer that employs about 60 people at its Bucks County headquarters and manufacturing plant, developed the SimpleFuel machine along with Ivys Energy Solutions and McPhy Energy North America.