It’s full steam ahead for Enapter as the hydrogen technology specialist targets autumn 2021 for construction to begin on its mass-production facility in Germany, and eyes the end of 2022/early 2023 for the first anion exchange membrane (AEM) electrolysers to roll off the production line there. Set to be built in the climate community of Saerbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia, the ‘Enapter Campus’ will be capable of producing more than 100,000 AEM electrolyser modules per year.
“I think it’s really important to point out that 100,000 electrolysers production capacity per year is just a tiny, tiny amount of what is needed to reach our climate goals. We’re not exaggerating when we say we should be delivering 10 million units every year for the next 30 years to reach those goals,” Jan-Justus Schmidt, co-founder and General Manager of Enapter, told H2 View.
Enapter says the automated mass production capabilities of the new site will be vital for creating the economies of scale needed for the modular green hydrogen technology to reach price parity with grey hydrogen production. The company’s AEM electrolysers are currently manufactured at Enapter’s serial production facility in Pisa, Italy, and are deployed in more than 38 countries, revolutionising the way that energy is used in the transport, residential and industrial sectors.
“We can say we are quite unique in that we are a young electrolyser company. There are companies in the electrolysers space that have been around for decades building different types of industrial electrolysers. We started Enapter in late 2017, however, our technology has been under development for about 10 years, but is still much younger than the established alkaline and PEM electrolysers,” Schmidt said.
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