In a groundbreaking leap towards a sustainable energy future, the HYScale project. With a focus on advanced alkaline membrane water electrolysis technology, HYScale is positioned to significantly enhance the efficiency and affordability of green hydrogen production, aligning with the European Union’s ambitious climate goals.
A New Era in Hydrogen Production
In response to the European Union’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, HYScale presents a timely solution. Leveraging state-of-the-art developments from multiple EU-funded projects (NEWELY, Anione, and ECO2Fuel), the HYScale initiative aims to upscale an efficient, durable, sustainable, and cost-effective electrolyser technology. This technology can operate stably at higher current densities than the current state of the art, promising a significant advancement in green hydrogen production.
Dr. Schwan Hosseiny, project coordinator explains “With HYScale, we’re starting an important journey. Green hydrogen is crucial in reshaping our energy landscape. Our commitment goes beyond just innovating; it’s a promise to bring in a sustainable era where green hydrogen becomes a cornerstone in our efforts to reduce carbon, creating a cleaner and brighter future for generations to come.”
Technological Breakthroughs and Innovations
At the heart of HYScale’s strategy is the development of anion exchange membrane water electrolysis (AEMWE) technology, a cornerstone for the next generation of electrolysers. The HYScale technology, estimated to have a capital expenditure of only 400€ kW -1, operates with CRM-free catalysts and electrodes* and PFAS-free anion exchange membranes, offering a more sustainable and scalable solution to hydrogen production.
Goals and Objectives
HYScale sets ambitious targets, including the upscaling and optimisation of materials synthesis, component, stack, and system production. With respect to materials and components, particularly membranes, ionomers, and electrodes will be enhanced and production upscaled. While on the system level, a single 100 kW stack will be designed and produced with an active cell area of 400 cm² and integrated into a balance of plant at minimal costs to satisfy the target production price of 400€ kW -1. The HYScale electrolyser will be operated in direct connection with renewable energy sources to prove its stability, reliance, and to show its compatibility with the rules under the Delegated Act on a methodology for renewable fuels of non-biological origin.
Driving Towards Industrial Relevance
HYScale’s multi-national, industry-oriented, and interdisciplinary approach is geared towards accelerating the development of unique technology and creating a cross-sectoral ecosystem that combines research and commercial expertise. The project’s ambition is evident in its goals, which include enhancing and validating the HYScale water electrolyser technology under industrially relevant conditions.