The parties have signed a collaboration agreement, which means that Smoltek’s carbon nanofibers and corrosion protection will be combined with other materials from the manufacturer, and catalyst particles from a third party, into a lab-sized demonstrator. This demonstration material will then be integrated into a complete PEM electrolyzer cell, followed by test runs and measurement of its performance.
“It is exciting that we and our partner have now signed a collaboration agreement for this development project, and we are both looking forward to developing a complete PEM electrolyzer cell with our patent-protected technology,” commented Fabian Wenger, Tech Lead at Smoltek Innovation.
This project is conducted to verify the potential of Smoltek’s nanofiber-based cell material and its ability to reduce the amount of extremely expensive catalyst particles in PEM electrolyzers. Smoltek’s carbon nanofiber technology increases the active surface that is in contact with the membrane in the electrolyzer cell, which in turn reduces the total size of the electrolyzer with maintained production capacity.
“Together, these properties significantly reduce the production cost for green hydrogen,” said Ellinor Ehrnberg, President of Smoltek Innovation.