New consortium to boost efficiency of renewable hydrogen production

VoltaChem PEM shortstack
TNO, Johnson Matthey, Bekaert, and Schaeffler have formed a partnership to develop a new generation of electrolysers. The consortium aims to develop cells to be used within electrolysis with the components optimized to work together for a step-change in efficiency.

The  goal of TNO, Johnson Matthey, Bekaert, and Schaeffler is to accelerate proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology development, by optimizing the most important components of the electrolyser stack. This will ultimately support the development of the next generation of PEM electrolysers, enabling lower electricity consumption, cheaper hydrogen production and smaller footprint. The team will also investigate more efficient use of scarce critical elements and components which offer increased efficiency over today’s electrolysers.

Three years span

To achieve this, the partners will collaborate in a shared research programme which will span three years and lay the foundation for a highly efficient, durable, and lower-cost generation of electrolysers. This is part of the VoltaChem program, a business-driven Shared Innovation Program that supports the chemical industry, the energy sector, and equipment suppliers & licensors to move towards a climate neutral future.


Martijn de Graaff, Program Director, VoltaChem, said: “Together with our business community, we aim for accelerated innovation and implementation in Power-2-X in order to reduce the CO2 footprint of chemicals production. It’s great to see that VoltaChem members are taking the next step in their ambition together to achieve unparalleled technical performance in green hydrogen production and secure a unique position in the sustainability market. We expect that this will only be the beginning in the development of a next generation high-tech sustainable process industry.”

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