Proton Energy Systems awarded grant to develop a novel electrolyser stack

Source: press release, 27 July 2020

The Proton PEM Electrolyser provides fast response times and production flexibility making it ideal for hydrogen generation utilising renewable power sources
The Proton PEM Electrolyser provides fast response times and production flexibility making it ideal for hydrogen generation utilising renewable power sources (illustration: Nel ASA)

Proton Energy Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nel ASA, has been awarded a USD 4.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for development of advanced components and manufacturing methods to enable low cost hydrogen from electrolysis.

The purpose of the project is to leverage the DOE National Lab capabilities to develop advanced cell configurations which optimise interactions between components such as flow and conductivity and translate those configurations to low cost manufacturing methods in collaboration with project partners. These advancements will not only reduce the cost of the components being developed, but also the adjacent parts through this optimisation.

“We are very excited to receive this award from the DOE. This project enables continuing progress on our technology strategy to decrease the cost of proton exchange membrane electrolysis,” says Kathy Ayers, Vice President R&D of Nel Hydrogen US.

The project is funded by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HTFO) within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and part of DOE’s H2@Scale initiative, developed in response to the opportunity for hydrogen to provide improved efficiency and resiliency in multiple sectors including transportation and industry, and to realise gains in various industries using or producing hydrogen.