ITM Power, a UK-based energy and storage clean fuel company has received a €2.75m ($3.1m) grant for the HPEM2GAS project, along with other partner companies, to advance electrolyser competences.

Funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) organisation, ITM Power will personally receive €915,650 ($1m) over the next three years to further develop its electrolyser capabilities, with a particular emphasis on lowering unit costs.

By incorporating smarter balance of plant (BoP) and lower cost proton exchange membrane (PEM) stack technology, ITM Power aims to better serve the often inundated electricity grids, as both these methods can generate greater quantities of renewable power.

The evolving electrolyser to benefit from this grant will incorporate several new improvements, including power tracking electronics, high efficiency AC/DC converters and high temperature ion exchange cartridges.

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Dr Graham Cooley (left), CEO of ITM Power, said, “We are delighted to be participating in this project which represents ITM Power’s culture of continuous improvement. The commercial spirit of the consortium is particularly pleasing and we look forward to demonstrating the next generation of smart electrolyser systems with Stadtwerk Emden in Germany, one of our fastest growing markets.”

The HPEM2GAS project will culminate in a six-month field test of an advanced nominal 0.2MW and a transient 0.3MW PEM electrolyser system.

The company revealed that several strategies were in place to lower the overall cost of the electrolyser in order to promote a more widespread adoption of the technology, with a central idea focused on a three-fold increase in current density.

Other partners in the project include the project coordinator, CNR-ITAE Institute in Italy, as well as Solvay Specialty Polymers, IRD Fuel Cells A/S, Stadtwerke Emden GmbH, Hochschule Emden/Leer and Uniresearch BV.