HYScale project launched to upscale AEM electrolysis technology
HYScale, a new EU-funded project, has been launched with the aim of upscaling an efficient, durable, sustainable, and cost-effective electrolyser technology capable of operating stably at higher current densities than the current state of the art, promising a significant advancement in green hydrogen production.
At the heart of HYScale’s strategy is the development of anion exchange membrane (AEM) water electrolysis technology, a cornerstone for the next generation of electrolysers. The HYScale technology, estimated to have a capital expenditure of only €400€ kW⁻¹, operates with CRM-free catalysts and electrodes and PFAS-free anion exchange membranes, offering a more sustainable and scalable solution to hydrogen production.
HYScale sets ambitious targets, including the upscaling and optimisation of materials synthesis, component, stack, and system production. With respect to materials and components, particularly membranes, ionomers, and electrodes will be enhanced and production upscaled. On the system level, a single 100 kW stack will be designed and produced with an active cell area of 400 cm². It will be integrated into a balance of plant at minimal costs to satisfy the target production price of €400 kW⁻¹. The HYScale electrolyser will be directly connected with renewable energy sources to demonstrate its stability, reliability, and compliance with the rules under the Delegated Act on a methodology for renewable fuels of non-biological origin.
HYScale’s multinational, industry-oriented, and interdisciplinary approach is geared towards accelerating the development of unique technology and creating a cross-sectoral ecosystem that combines research and commercial expertise. The project’s ambition is evident in its goals, which include enhancing and validating the HYScale water electrolyser technology under industrially relevant conditions.
Dr. Schwan Hosseiny, the project coordinator and CEO of CENmat, said: “With HYScale, we’re starting an important journey. Green hydrogen is crucial in reshaping our energy landscape. Our commitment goes beyond just innovating; it’s a promise to bring in a sustainable era where green hydrogen becomes a cornerstone in our efforts to reduce carbon, creating a cleaner and brighter future for generations to come.”
Led by Cutting-Edge Nanomaterials (CENmat), the consortium includes eight additional partners from seven EU countries. Among these are four renowned EU research centres specialising in hydrogen technology: the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and the University of Ljubljana. Additionally, there are five industrial partners: CENmat itself, the Public Power Corporation of Greece (PPC), HyGear, Meta Group, and Bekaert. The diverse expertise of these project partners ensures an efficient and targeted pursuit of the project’s objectives.