Electrolyser technologies and green micro-grids

Just days before the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak officially became a pandemic, hydrogen technology specialist Enapter was unveiling a new electrolyser at the International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo 2020. The venue was Tokyo, Japan and the show had been noticeably affected by the caution being practiced by international attendees as this new virus began to proliferate around the world.

The stage was set, but it arguably could not do the new electrolyser justice as such an air of distraction swirled throughout industries and events. A new model of the company’s patented AEM electrolyser introduced just 12 months earlier, the EL 2.1 is a new generation hydrogen generator that significantly improves upon the design of its predecessor. It consumes 8% less energy and is also smaller in size, factors which translate into a 20% reduction in space requirements.

Such compelling figures and performance arguably merit more fanfare, the like of which we may have seen if it were not for a global pandemic. They also represent the next step forward in realising Enapter’s vision for a world where green hydrogen replaces fossil fuels completely.

“We are very close to METI’s (Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) efficiency goal for 2030, 10 years ahead of time. Today we only need 4.4 kilowatt hours of electricity to produce one cubic metre of hydrogen gas,” said Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, Chairman at Enapter, at the electrolyser’s launch. “Demand for hydrogen is expected to grow by a factor of 1,000 or more by 2030 and decentralised systems producing hydrogen onsite with no transportation cost will make a huge difference.”

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