Nel inks contract for a 1.25 MW containerised PEM electrolyser for DOE H2@Scale project

Source: press release, 11 August 2021

Nel’s M Series PEM Technology makes for a reliable and turnkey solution with minimal maintenance – typical applications include renewable energy storage, industrial process gas, and hydrogen fuelling
Nel’s M Series PEM Technology makes for a reliable and turnkey solution with minimal maintenance – typical applications include renewable energy storage, industrial process gas, and hydrogen fuelling (illustration: Nel ASA)

Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Nel ASA has received a contract for a 1.25 megawatt (MW) containerised PEM electrolyser from a utility in the US.

Nel Hydrogen US has received a purchase order for a 1.25 MW PEM electrolyser for installation at a nuclear power plant in the US, a ground-breaking project for carbon-free hydrogen production. “This project represents an important first step toward developing a regional supply of zero-carbon hydrogen, while supporting clean baseload electricity resources on the grid,” says Stephen Szymanski, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Nel Hydrogen US.

The client will be installing an MC250 electrolyser at a nuclear power plant for self-supply of hydrogen to meet their turbine cooling and chemistry control requirements. A primary project outcome includes the successful operation and control of what will be the first PEM electrolyser at a nuclear generating plant in the US configured for dynamic dispatch. In addition, the project will demonstrate the economic feasibility of hydrogen production at nuclear sites and provide a blueprint for large scale carbon-free hydrogen export in support of DOE’s H2@Scale program objectives.

The purchase order has a value of approximately USD 2.6 million, and the electrolyser will be delivered in 2022. The project is funded by the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, through the H2@Scale Program.