Through the partnership with De Nora, the PGM’s will be examined for its viability in water electrolysis and, should this be positive, commercialisations of this technology could revolutionise the market.

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Platinum is often used in water electrolysis units and due to its expensive price range and rarity, it increases the overall costs of the green hydrogen produced.

This is why this technology could be so significant. Removing platinum and replacing it with a cheaper catalyst enables a widely available and cheaper solution.

H2U has said that low-cost electrocatalysts are key components for use in water electrolysis to generate green hydrogen that drives the Hydrogen Economy.

Such technology innovations include H2U Technologies’ proprietary systems for high-throughput screening of compositions to determine catalytic activity.

Christian Urgeghe, Chief Technology Officer of De Nora, said, “We are excited to undertake this opportunity with H2U Technologies. PGM catalysts – specifically platinum and iridium – present a major chokepoint in the evolution of the hydrogen economy.

“We need to replace these expensive, rare materials with earth abundant compounds so that our electrolysis customers can scale their businesses, and H2U Technologies has a credible approach to accomplish this important goal.”

Mark McGough, CEO and President of H2U Technologies, said, “We are fortunate to be working with a partner like De Nora – a global leader in catalytic coatings and Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) for electrolysis – to bring our low-cost earth abundant catalysts to the hydrogen electrolyser market.

“We look forward to continued collaboration and partnership with De Nora in our mission to reduce the cost and enable global scaling of green hydrogen.”

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