Hydrogen Optimized awarded loan to expand electrolyzer manufacturing capacity

Hydrogen Optimized Inc., a subsidiary of Key DH Technologies Inc., has been awarded a repayable contribution of over $3.5 million from the Government of Canada to automate and expand its RuggedCell™ water electrolyzer manufacturing capacity in Owen Sound, Ontario.

The funds will go toward an $11-million project that will increase RuggedCell™ electrolyzer production at the company’s Owen Sound manufacturing facility five-fold to 5,000 electrolyzer units per year of clean hydrogen production systems, and create 50 high-quality full-time jobs.

Hydrogen Optimized’s patented RuggedCell™ water electrolyzers are the core components of the company’s large-scale clean hydrogen production plants. With technology that is differentiated from other systems in the marketplace, the RuggedCell™ is claimed to be uniquely capable of creating the world’s largest water electrolysis modules for major industrial applications.

“With support from FedDev Ontario, our manufacturing scale-up will provide Hydrogen Optimized with the capability to supply RuggedCell™ systems to the world’s largest clean hydrogen projects,” said Andrew T.B. Stuart, President and CEO, Hydrogen Optimized. “We thank the Government of Canada for helping us to accelerate RuggedCell™ output and reduce manufacturing costs through cutting-edge automation.”

The two-year project, which began in December 2022, will build on the company’s existing capability to provide RuggedCell™ systems. In addition to the FedDev Ontario investment, the expansion is being funded with private investment along with financial support from the Government of Ontario.

Hydrogen Optimized’s strategic commercialization partner ABB provides robots for manufacturing automation, high-power rectifiers paired with RuggedCell™ electrolyzers, and other equipment required for large-scale clean hydrogen systems. The partnership includes a 2022 equity investment by ABB that has been instrumental in leveraging government support for product development and manufacturing.

“This manufacturing project is critical to advancing the commercialization of Hydrogen Optimized for success in world markets,” said Michael Marti, Global Business Line Manager – Growth Industries, ABB. “In the year since our companies formed a strategic partnership, Hydrogen Optimized has made significant progress in its pursuit of the global clean hydrogen opportunity and continues to improve its position for success in the large-scale segment.”

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