May 24, 2024 1:41 am
DOE grant prompts push to bring electrolyser technology to market

In the US, Thyssenkrupp Nucera and De Nora have received funding to automate gigawatt-scale alkaline water electrolysis production lines. This move is aimed at transitioning from manual labor to mass production, enabling them to serve multiple gigawatt projects per year. The grant is part of a larger federal funding initiative under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, totaling $750 million for 52 projects across 24 states.

In Europe, Thyssenkrupp Nucera has partnered with Fraunhofer IKTS to enhance their technology portfolio in the electrolysis market. The focus is on developing high-temperature solid oxide electrolyzer cell (Soec) technology for industrial manufacturing and applications. By early 2025, a pilot plant built by Fraunhofer IKTS will start production of high-temperature electrolysis stacks using Soec, with plans to scale up production gradually.

The strategic partnership between Thyssenkrupp Nucera and Fraunhofer IKTS includes a licensing agreement for Thyssenkrupp Nucera to produce and use stacks based on the Fraunhofer technology. The companies believe that Soec technology will benefit industries like green steel, ammonia, methanol, and fertilizers by reducing electricity consumption and eliminating the need for rare precious metals.

The shift towards high-temperature technology is expected to have a positive impact on industries where industrial waste heat is generated during production. By reducing electricity consumption and relying on a more sustainable technology, Thyssenkrupp Nucera and De Nora are highlighting their commitment to innovation and sustainability in the green hydrogen sector. To stay updated on the latest news, analysis, and commentary on green hydrogen, subscribe to the green hydrogen bulletin for bi-weekly updates. If you have news, comments, case studies, or analysis ideas for the green hydrogen bulletin, feel free to reach out to the editorial team.

In addition to their efforts in Europe and North America, Thyssenkrupp Nucera has also been working on developing new technologies in other regions around the world. For example, they have partnered with Siemens Gamesa in Spain to develop an integrated energy storage system (ESS) that combines batteries with alkaline water electrolysis capabilities.

Overall, Thyssenkrupp Nucera’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in the green hydrogen sector is evident through their partnerships with both Fraunhofer IKTS in Europe and Siemens Gamesa in Spain. As they continue to invest in new technologies and expand their presence in various markets around the world

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