Trends in 2022 point to hydrogen produced from renewable sources becoming a key component of a sustainable energy future
SANTA CLARITA – NewHydrogen, Inc. (OTC:NEWH), a developer of green hydrogen technologies, today provided an update about the progress of its technology program and its efforts to reduce the cost of producing green hydrogen.
The Company also reports that trends in 2022 point to hydrogen produced from renewable sources becoming a key component of a sustainable energy future.
Despite market uncertainty in many sectors, the global push toward realizing a green hydrogen economy remains extremely strong entering 2022. In Europe, the green hydrogen supply chain is growing rapidly, especially in Spain, France, and Germany. As noted at the recent conference of the Green Hydrogen Coalition, which NewHydrogen attended, the German government is transitioning its energy resources to green hydrogen and away from coal and natural gas, with all dispatchable energy to be hydrogen-sourced.
In the United States, the recently passed federal infrastructure bill included:
- $8 billion to develop regional clean hydrogen hubs
- $1 billion to decrease the cost of electrolytic hydrogen production
- $500 million for a clean hydrogen manufacturing and recycling program to support domestic supply chain development
- A grant program to support EV and fuel cell EV infrastructure
Close to NewHydrogen’s home in Southern California, the HyDeal LA initiative is creating a green hydrogen hub across the Los Angeles area. The hub is building out support for production, transport, and storage of green hydrogen, as well as fueling for energy, transportation, industrial, maritime, and aviation industries. The hub is already creating significant new jobs supporting families in the LA area and providing a model of opportunities that will be available around the world.
The goal of NewHydrogen’s sponsored research at UCLA is to lower the cost of green hydrogen by eliminating or drastically reducing the use of precious metals in electrolyzers. Electrolyzers currently rely on rare earth materials such as iridium and platinum. These materials often account for nearly 50% of the cost of electrolyzers.
In 2021, the program developed a non-precious metal-based catalyst with significant improvement of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in acidic conditions for proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers. Researchers then improved the catalyst performance by modifying the structure and optimizing loading conditions. Most recently, application of a unique surface engineering technique further improved the long-term stability of the catalyst. Higher stability implies reduced operating cost of electrolyzers in the longer term.
In a parallel effort, researchers have been developing hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalysts for alkaline electrolyzers. Their work is focused on developing platinum based HER catalysts that use significantly less platinum, as well as a totally new type of HER catalyst that does not use platinum at all. To date, significant progress has been made on both fronts. This is in line with the Company’s focus on developing OER catalysts to enable electrolyzers that cost less to manufacture and to operate.
“Prior to scaling up the process for studies with a prototype electrolyzer in late 2022, researchers will continue to explore additional improvements to both the OER and the HER catalysts to maximize the overall performance of an actual water electrolysis device,” said Dr. David Lee, CEO of NewHydrogen.
About NewHydrogen, Inc.
NewHydrogen, Inc. is focused on developing a breakthrough electrolyzer technology to lower the cost of green hydrogen production. Hydrogen is the cleanest and most abundant fuel in the universe. It is zero-emission and only produces water vapor when used. However, hydrogen does not exist in its pure form on Earth so it must be extracted. For centuries, scientists have known how to use electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using a device called an electrolyzer. Electrolyzers installed behind a solar farm or wind farm can use renewable electricity to split water, thereby producing green hydrogen. Unfortunately, electrolyzers are expensive and rely on rare earth materials such as platinum and iridium. These very expensive materials account for nearly 50% of the cost of electrolyzers. The company’s technology is aimed at significantly reducing or replacing rare earth materials in electrolyzers with inexpensive earth-abundant materials to help usher in a green hydrogen economy that Goldman Sachs estimates will be worth $12 trillion by 2050.
To learn more about the company, please visit www.newhydrogen.com.
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