The ERDF-funded Tees Valley Hydrogen Innovation Project (TVHIP) at Teesside University helped the Stockton, UK-based company to understand the electrochemistry of its process, to verify its specific energy consumption and the amount of hydrogen produced.

Torvex’s method is different to conventional electrolysis as its oxygen is not co-produced, as a result there’s a reduction in the energy consumption per kg of produced hydrogen. The method consumes about 25kWHr per kg of hydrogen.

Steve Hudson, inventor and director of Torvex Energy, said, “Teesside University has supported us in validating the electrochemical process, confirming its game changing efficiency and identifying optimum routes to scaling the design.

“We can move forward with scaling up with confidence and, with the benefits of the expertise of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Innovation Project, in refining the designs for a commercial unit.”

The TVHIP was formed to help businesses in the region to identify opportunities within the hydrogen and decarbonisation sector and to explore the potential application of hydrogen solutions.

Dr. Venkatesan Krishnan, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and TVHIP team member, said, “We are already involved in key projects in hydrogen production, hydrogen storage and hydrogen as a tool for decarbonising the local industry and we’re delighted to use this expertise to help Torvex Energy.

“Supporting this innovative company is helping transition Tees Valley to a greener and more sustainable means of energy production and establish the region at the centre of the UK’s green revolution.”

Last year, the UK Government launched a £20m ($22.4m) competition for industry to harness the power of hydrogen in new transport project in Tees Valley, UK, with hopes of lowering carbon emissions in a wide range of transport use-cases.

Read more: UK Government launches £20m competition for Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub

The competition, ran by Innovate UK, will see business and research groups collaborate to discover how hydrogen can be used as a reliable fuel source.


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