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Proton OnSite making good progress on reducing cost of hydrogen energy storage

Proton OnSite has reduced the cost of producing water electrolysis stacks by 40 percent over the last five years, enabling the firm to begin producing a cost-effective multi-megawatt electrolyser for the emerging renewable energy markets.

Proton OnSite is a leading supplier of onsite gas generators utilising Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology. The Connecticut-based company has developed hydrogen generators for a variety of industries and applications including laboratories, semiconductor manufacturing, utilities, vehicle refuelling, and now energy storage.

‘Today’s emerging energy markets need an energy storage solution that can handle the split-second response demand of intermittent renewable energy, without increasing energy prices,’ says Mark Schiller, Vice President of Business Development at Proton OnSite. ‘Hydrogen is a viable storage solution, and PEM electrolysis has proven to be the best electrolysis technology for the industry’s demands.’

Proton OnSite’s development efforts have reduced the number of parts and the amount of precious metals used in the catalyst, helping to decrease production costs by 40% over the past five years. This will enable the company to release an economically viable, large-scale PEM electrolyser in 2014.

The Proton OnSite MW-scale PEM electrolyser will convert excess energy created by renewable sources into hydrogen gas via water electrolysis. The gas is then stored and used as a fuel or for other energy needs, leveraging natural resources and clean production technologies.

Proton OnSite is showcasing its efforts to improve PEM electrolyser technology at the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells, taking place this week as part of the Hannover Messe industry fair in Germany (Hall 27, Booth C70). Company representatives are also speaking in several public podium discussions:

  • Challenges for the electrolyser industry: Everett Anderson, VP of Electrochemical Technology (Tuesday, 9 April at 3pm).
  • Long-life PEM water electrolysis stack experience and future directions: Everett Anderson (Tuesday, 9 April at 3.30pm).
  • Scaling PEM electrolysis for the emerging energy markets: Mark Schiller (Tuesday, 9 April at 4.40pm).
  • Status of the hydrogen fuel cell industry in the USA: Steve Szymanski, Business Development Manager (Wednesday, 10 April at 3pm).

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