Smoltek Inaugurates its in-House Hydrogen Laboratory

By May 26, 2023 2   min read  (296 words)

May 26, 2023 |

inauguration of our inhouse hydrogen laboratory

Today we have inaugurated the new in-house hydrogen laboratory. In these facilities equipped with advanced instruments and tools the R&D team can carry out performance measurement and long-term tests of electrolyzer cells, and will also be able to manufacture test cells.

During the spring, we have built a hydrogen laboratory, in connection with our new headquarters in central Gothenburg. H2LAB, as it is called, has advanced equipment for performance measurement and long-term tests of electrolyzer cells, and also enables in-house production of test cells. This will accelerate the development of our disruptive cell material for electrolyzes, at the same time as the evaluation of different concepts for volume production is enabled.

Today, May 26, was the official opening of H2LAB. Ellinor Ehrnberg, President of Smoltek’s hydrogen business area, gave a speech and the new chairman of the board, Per Zellman, ceremoniously cut the ribbon and declared the company’s new laboratory open.

Here we can try-out cells with a minimal amount of iridium. Using as little iridium as possible in a PEM electrolyzer is absolutely crucial in order to be able to produce the large amount of green hydrogen that a fossil-free future needs.

Ellinor Ehrnberg

She continues:

In an external laboratory, we have already been able to show that we reach the right performance with 0.5 mg iridium/cm2. And hopefully we will be able to show that our technology only needs to use 0.1 mg iridium/cm2. Compare that with the goal set by the electrolyzer manufacturers, which is 0.8 mg iridium/cm2 in 2030. With our technology, around 5 tons of iridium could be saved annually – which is a rare metal that is forecast to cost around SEK 8 million/kg in 2030.



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