Thyssenkrupp Nucera and De Nora’s Automation of Gigawatt-Scale Alkaline Water Electrolysis Production in the US: A Step Towards Sustainable Green Hydrogen Production

DOE funding encourages transition towards commercializing electrolysis technology

Thyssenkrupp Nucera US and De Nora have received funding to automate gigawatt-scale alkaline water electrolysis production lines in the US. This funding will enable the transition from manual labor to mass production, better positioning their business in the US market. The grant is part of a larger fund of $750 million for 52 projects across 24 states, marking a significant investment in electrolysis technologies under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

In addition to their work in the US, Thyssenkrupp Nucera is also establishing a strategic partnership with Fraunhofer IKTS in Europe to advance high-temperature solid oxide electrolyser cell (Soec) technology. Together, they plan to move this technology towards industrial manufacturing and application, with a pilot plant expected to start production by the first quarter of 2025. This strategic partnership will allow Thyssenkrupp Nucera to produce and use stacks based on the Fraunhofer technology.

The companies highlighted that Soec technology will have numerous benefits for industries like green steel, ammonia, methanol, and fertilizers, where industrial waste heat is generated during production. By reducing electricity consumption and eliminating the need for rare precious metals, high-temperature technology offers a more sustainable solution for these industries. This partnership represents a significant step forward in advancing green hydrogen production technologies.

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