The Eagles have landed: Hydrogen meets sport in latest green initiative for the Philadelphia Eagles

September 15, 2021

The Eagles have taken [their] commitment to sustainability to fever pitch in recent years, with the announcement that it is embracing hydrogen energy.

It was revealed in late February 2020 that the team had struck a new deal for a SimpleFuel hydrogen refuelling unit from PDC Machines, to be installed at the Lincoln Financial Field stadium and ultimately provide green hydrogen energy for its mobility requirements. The SimpleFuel hydrogen station, which has been designed to take only the inputs of water and electricity to produce clean hydrogen fuel, will power vehicles and material handling equipment in an effort to further reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint.

“Fuelling our vehicles and operational equipment with clean hydrogen energy is an exciting new component of our comprehensive efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,” enthused Philadelphia Eagles President Don Smolenski at the time of the announcement.

Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch was equally euphoric soon after, in a letter sent to PDC Machines to commend the company’s new sustainability partnership with Eagles. He wrote, “I am excited to see that PDC Machines will be equipping Lincoln Financial Field with green hydrogen through a SimpleFuel hydrogen unit.

“Not only will this partnership aid in the production of clean hydrogen fuel and power vehicles and machines, but it will also work towards the goal of reducing the stadium’s carbon footprint and promoting sustainability‚ĶI commend you again for this great accomplishment.”

It’s an accomplishment that, once the installation and start-up of the system is complete, will see the Philadelphia Eagles break new ground in sustainability. Arguably more than that, however, it’s a sign of how hydrogen itself is transcending the fields of play that so many would have once imagined for the fuel.

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