Partners developing next generation hydrogen production

16 November 2021 | Muriel Cozier

‘Johnson Matthey’s CCMs have performed extremely well under Hystar operating conditions…’

Johnson Matthey and Hystar, a Norwegian company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding by which the two companies will collaborate to develop next generation catalyst electrolysers to drive green hydrogen production.

Hystar, which is backed by AP Ventures, is a spin-out from SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. The company has developed a novel Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stack and electrolysis technology for producing green hydrogen using less energy than existing technologies. The technology is also said to allow a substantial increase in hydrogen output.

The partners have said that the collaboration will focus on stack development and manufacturing scale-up using Johnson Matthey’s catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) along with Hystar’s patented cell design.

Alejandro Barnett Chief Technology Officer and co-founder Hystar said: ‘Johnson Matthey’s CCMs have performed extremely well under Hystar operating conditions and we are thrilled to have the possibility to integrate CCMs that can be produced by high volume manufacturing methods into out electrolyser platform. This is a clear game changer when it comes to improving the performance of our electrolyser even further.’

This development follows Johnson Matthey’s announcement that it is pledging to invest some £1 billion in research, development and deployment of clean hydrogen technologies by 2030. The pledge is part of an initiative called H2Zero established by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and The Sustainable Markets Initiative. The initiative, which is backed by 28 comapanies, will ‘accelerate the use and production of hydrogen as an essential part of the future net-zero energy system.’ Other companies include Shell, BP and Siemens Energy.

Claire O’Neill, Senior Advisor at WBCSD and former COP26 President-Designate said ‘Our hope is that these combined pledges spark investments in supply and inspire others to transition to hydrogen.’

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