Sun. Apr 14th, 2024


TLDR:

Beckaert and Toshiba have collaborated on PEM electrolyser technology to accelerate the advance towards green hydrogen production. This includes a strategic cooperation agreement and a manufacturing technology license for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA) to reduce iridium usage by 90% in the production of PEM electrolyzers.

Article Summary:

Beckaert and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation have entered into a global partnership to advance green hydrogen production. The collaboration includes a strategic cooperation agreement and a manufacturing technology license for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA), a key component for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzers. PEM electrolyzers use electricity to split water into oxygen and hydrogen without any greenhouse gas emissions when powered by renewable energy sources. The reduction in iridium usage by 90% through innovative technology will enable a more stable supply of MEA and support the scale expansion of green hydrogen production.

Under the agreement, Bekaert will leverage its expertise in Porous Transport Layers (PTL) for MEAs, while Toshiba will provide its iridium-saving technology for MEAs. Bekaert will commercialize the production of MEAs and distribute them globally using its established manufacturing base in Belgium. Toshiba will focus on enhancing the technical performance of the technology. The collaboration is global, except for Japan-related projects which will be subject to a separate agreement.

Both companies expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, with Bekaert aiming to support green hydrogen customers in achieving cost and sustainability challenges, while Toshiba sees the collaboration as vital for meeting the surging demand for green hydrogen and contributing to the realization of a green hydrogen society. Overall, this collaboration paves the way for the wider adoption of PEM electrolysis equipment and significant progress towards a greener future.