Proton OnSite, the world leader in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) water electrolyser technology, announced today the commercial launch of the one and two Megawatt (MW) M Series PEM Hydrogen Generation systems.

At the 2MW level, the new M Series provides a 13 times increase in hydrogen production compared to other commercial PEM systems. In combination with greater production capacity, the M Series reduces the capital cost per kW of producing hydrogen by over 50%.

The growth of renewable energy has created a need for large-scale energy storage. The M Series addresses this by offering scalable cost effective conversion of excess, stranded or curtailed power to hydrogen offering a carbon-free solution for the industrial scale storage of energy for use in chemical processes, fuel cell vehicles, biogas production and natural gas pipeline injection.

“Proton OnSite is the only PEM electrolyser producer with well over 2,000 systems installed in more than 75 countries over the last 18 years,” said Robert Friedland, President and CEO of Proton OnSite. “It’s important to understand that a functioning PEM electrolyser is not overly complicated to build, but the real challenge comes in making systems rugged and reliable for real industry applications. Proton is the only PEM electrolyser company that has the installed base, experience and time in the market. This experience has been a key leverage point for us in introducing this system.”

PEM technology’s ability to rapidly respond to renewable energy input makes it the preferred method for electrolysis. In addition, annual maintenance costs are significantly less than more traditional alkaline electrolysis technologies. The M Series also offers a highly cost effective approach for power to gas applications and an economical alternative, compared to delivered hydrogen, in many large industrial, food and pharmaceutical markets. The modular design of the M Series enables solutions for an almost unlimited range of project sizes.

“The launch of our M Series opens up many new market opportunities for us,” said David Bow, Senior VP Sales and Marketing of Proton OnSite. “This offers solutions to address energy storage needs that can affect increased productivity of stranded or underutilized renewable energy sources, helping to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, as many automakers have continued success reducing emissions through increased fuel cell based car sales, the need for larger capacity hydrogen fuelling stations will be required and we are ready with our M Series product line to meet this need. The 2MW unit can fuel at least 200 cars daily.”

Navigant Research, projects the value of energy storage for wind and solar integration to exceed $30bn worldwide by 2023.