Green Hydrogen Boost: US Firms Secure Funding for Mass-Producing Alkaline Water Electrolysis

US Grant Encourages Transition to Commercializing Electrolyzer Technology

In the United States, Thyssenkrupp Nucera US and its partner De Nora have been granted funding to develop automated manufacturing processes for gigawatt-scale alkaline water electrolysis production lines. This investment will support the shift from manual labor to mass production, allowing them to serve multiple gigawatt projects per year. The CEO of Thyssenkrupp Nucera, Dr. Werner Ponikwar, emphasized the importance of this transition in positioning the business for success in the US market.

The grant is part of a larger $750 million investment in 52 projects across 24 states under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, marking the first significant federal funding for electrolysis technologies in the US. In Europe, Thyssenkrupp Nucera is also making strides in the electrolysis market by partnering with Fraunhofer IKTS research institute to develop high-temperature solid oxide electrolyser cell (Soec) technology for industrial applications. A pilot plant is scheduled to begin production of high-temperature electrolysis stacks by the first quarter of 2025.

This strategic partnership aims to bring Soec technology to industries such as green steel, ammonia, methanol, and fertilizers where it can significantly reduce electricity consumption and eliminate the need for rare precious metals. The collaboration between Thyssenkrupp Nucera and Fraunhofer IKTS will enhance their technology portfolio and open up new opportunities in the green hydrogen sector.

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