Nel Hydrogen receives funding from U.S. Department of Defense ERDC-CERL

Source: press release, 4 October 2022

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)

Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Nel ASA, has been granted USD 5.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for accelerating advanced PEM electrolyser stack development, to enable low-cost hydrogen storage and resiliency applications, in collaboration with the Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL).

The purpose of this 19-month project is to accelerate low-cost electrolyser development with the aim to reduce both operating and capital costs. The project also has options for additional funding.

High level activities include development of membranes optimised for electrolysis applications, development of advanced catalysts including high volume manufacturing and recycling techniques, surface coating techniques to reduce precious metal usage, and cell stack integration and testing in a full system at ERDC-CERL.

“We are excited to receive this funding from the Department of Defense. This project will be an important enabler for renewable hydrogen generation at scale for industrial applications with the PEM technology,” says Kathy Ayers, Vice President, Research and Development at Nel

“Hydrogen generation provides a unique energy source that can be used to support the national energy security and resiliency,” says Nicholas Josefik, Senior Researcher, Energy Branch, ERDC-CERL.