Green Hydrogen Boost: Thyssenkrupp Nucera and De Nora Secure Funding for Automated Alkaline Water Electrolysis Production Lines in the US

DOE funding encourages transition towards commercializing electrolysis technology

Thyssenkrupp Nucera US and De Nora have secured funding to automate gigawatt-scale alkaline water electrolysis production lines in the US, which will enable them to transition from manual labor to mass production and better compete in the market. The grant is part of a larger $750 million fund for 52 projects across 24 states under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signaling a significant investment in electrolysis technologies.

In addition to their work in the US, Thyssenkrupp Nucera has established a strategic partnership with Fraunhofer IKTS in Europe to advance high-temperature solid oxide electrolyser cell (Soec) technology. Together, they aim to move this technology towards industrial manufacturing and application, with a pilot plant expected to start production by the first quarter of 2025. This partnership will allow Thyssenkrupp Nucera to produce and use stacks based on Fraunhofer technology.

The companies emphasized that Soec technology will have numerous benefits for industries like green steel, ammonia, methanol, and fertilizers, where industrial waste heat is generated during production. By reducing electricity consumption and eliminating the need for rare precious metals, high-temperature technology offers a more sustainable solution for these industries. This partnership represents a significant step forward in advancing green hydrogen production technologies.

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