Enapter secures major electrolyser order; expands presence in Japan

Clean energy company Enapter has secured an order for 101 AEM electrolysers from Japanese fuel cell company Enoah.

The AEM Electrolyser EL 4.0 devices will be primarily used in Power-to-Power applications and refuelling stations, with end use customers including blue chip Japanese customers.

The order builds upon an existing working relationship between the two companies, which dates to 2021.

It will also support Japan’s sustainability goals in the areas of renewable energy and emissions-free mobility.

The Japanese government has also been supporting the pilot project for electrolysis to produce hydrogen in the aim of commercialisation of green hydrogen.

According to its hydrogen strategy, by 2050 the country aims for around 20m tonnes when it expects the global hydrogen market to generate $2.5 trillion in annual revenue.

Commenting on the deal, Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of Enapter, said, “We highly value our collaboration with Enoah and see this partnership as another step towards promoting the hydrogen economy in Japan.”

“This order underscores our position as a market leader in the AEM electrolysis field and our role in implementing clean energy solutions worldwide.”

Enoah will also act as an official integration and distribution partner for Enapter to help drive the transformation of the energy infrastructure in Japan.

The delivery of the devices is planned in several stages between the end of the third quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.

Investing in hydrogen

In June, the Japanese government announced plans to invest 15 trillion yen ($107.5bn) over the next 15 years to supply the country with hydrogen.

Having first published its Basic Hydrogen Strategy in 2017, Japan announced a revised target to boost hydrogen supply to 12m tones a year by 2040.

The plan is also designed to help Japanese companies play a ‘central role’ in providing the electrolysers needed to produce hydrogen from water.

The government set a target for Japanese-affiliated companies domestically and abroad to have a total of 15 GW (gigawatts) of electrolyser capacity by the end of 2030.

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