Cummins is working to automate the manufacturing process of solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOECs) and stack assembly to better serve the accelerating hydrogen economy and enable over 100MW of electrolyser production capacity.
A three-year long project, the automation process hopes to result in more efficient electrolysers whilst reducing capital costs, the company confirmed on Monday (Sep 27).
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office has already thrown support behind the project with a $5m boost to reduce the cost of and accelerate breakthroughs in the hydrogen sector.
On the project, Amy Davis, Vice-President and President of New Power at Cummins, said, “We believe green hydrogen will be critical to a decarbonised future, particularly for hard-to-abate sectors.
“To dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet ambitious climate goals, we must invest now in scaling electrolyser manufacturing and green hydrogen production to create a viable zero emissions ecosystem.
“Rapid innovation like this will drive the acceleration of the energy transition in the US and globally.”
SOECs are one of three primary types of electrolysers and use a solid ceramic electrolyte. Operating at a higher temperature that PEM and alkaline electrolysers, the technology is an important tool in decarbonising industrial sectors such as steel production.
The Cummins project is one of 19 projects being supported by the DOE for hydrogen and fuel cell research and development. The department has dedicated $52.5m for such developments.
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