Smoltek’s nanofiber-based cell material for electrolysers ready for prototype production

Source: press release, 10 March 2022

President of Smoltek Innovation, Ellinor Ehrnberg
President of Smoltek Innovation, Ellinor Ehrnberg (photo: Smoltek Nanotech Holding)

Smoltek Nanotech Holding AB has developed a high-performing nanofiber-based cell material for PEM electrolysers, with potential to enable a more efficient production of fossil-free hydrogen. In the autumn of 2021, a development collaboration was initiated in collaboration with an industrial manufacturer of materials for electrolysers, and the aim is to be able to start manufacturing small-scale prototypes in 2023.

During the autumn of 2021, Smoltek announced that the company had achieved proof-of-concept for its high-performing, nanofiber-based cell material for PEM electrolysers. At the same time, it was announced that the company intended to initiate a development collaboration for the continued development of the cell material, which has also taken place.

“At the end of 2021, preparatory steps were initiated in a development collaboration with a large industrial manufacturer of materials for electrolysers. However, some delays have occurred, which means that we have not yet been able to sign an agreement or start the main part of this project,” says Ellinor Ehrnberg, President of Smoltek Innovation.

Smoltek is also in discussions with other potential industrial partners ahead of the further development of the cell material for PEM electrolysers. At the same time, the R&D team is testing different types of anti-corrosion coatings, optimising catalysts and more.

“The ambition is to start a collaboration in 2023, or earlier, with a large manufacturer of electrolysers or components for electrolysers, where we together will build small-scale prototypes, so that Smoltek’s nanofiber-based cell material can eventually be used in future generations,” Ellinor Ehrnberg concludes.

Smoltek explains how the company’s various collaborations are structured: The company’s ongoing development work is done with an industrial manufacturer of materials for electrolysers. The following collaboration that the company aims to initiate for prototype production is planned to be conducted with a manufacturer of electrolysers, or components for electrolysers.