Hydrolite participates in prestigious development programs in Europe, USA and Israel, where our technology and development capabilities are applied towards advancing the next generation of Hydrogen and AEM device technologies. These projects serve to advance critical partnerships and develop new concepts to accelerated our development program, as well as to showcase Hydrolite’s existing technology.
Within this Ministry of Energy supported 2020-2022 program, HYDROLITE is developing a range-extended hybrid Fuel-Cell / Lithium Ion Battery Electric Vehicle. The program will utilize HYDROLITE’s next-generation Alkaline Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (AEMFC) – a low cost / high-performance fuel cell technology, which converts supplementary energy, stored as hydrogen, to electricity, used to charge the vehicle’s Li-ion battery. This AEMFC-powered automated energy management system will be a world-first demonstration of the suitability of this novel Israeli technology for use in electric transportation.
ANIONE is an EU research and innovation project developing high-performance, cost-effective and durable anion exchange membrane (AEM) water electrolysis technology – combining the advantages of proton exchange membrane and liquid electrolyte alkaline technologies. Innovative reinforced anion exchange membranes will be developed in conjunction with non-critical raw material electrocatalysts, and membrane-electrode assemblies. Cost-effective stack hardware materials and novel stack designs will contribute to decrease the capital costs of these systems. HYDROLITE provides expertise, materials development, and testing & analytical capabilities for AEM electrolyzer device development.
Consortium Partners: CNRS, Hydrogenics, UniREsearch, IRD, CNR ITAE
Hydrolite and W7 Energy (Delaware, USA) have won a prestigious Israel-USA Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation grant for 2021-2022, under the BIRD Energy fund, to bring our AEMFC system to market. Hydrolite will integrate W7 Hydroxide Exchange Membranes into the Hydrolite fuel cell stack, and deploy in a standalone 5kW fuel cell system, which will target the Telecommunications Base Station market and serve as a platform for the rollout of AEMFC devices into multiple hydrogen-to-power applications.
The development of efficient PGM-free catalysts is of utmost importance for Europe to reach its decarbonization objectives; SpinCat addresses this need by realizing a new class of magnetic earth-abundant catalysts that, through spin polarization, will boost catalytic activity towards OER by a factor of three as compared to state-of-the-art catalysts. Further enhancements to catalytic activity will be obtained through the use of external magnetic field during catalysis.
In this project we will design and prepare catalyst materials featuring optimal spin polarization effects, gain fundamental knowledge on the parameters affecting the OER activity of magnetic materials, and develop a general theoretical model for the overall description of the influence of the electron spin in electrocatalysis. The technology will be demonstrated in a magnetically enhanced anion-exchange membrane (AEM) electrolyzer prototype, which merges the benefits of both internal and external magnetic effects.
Consortium Partners: Laboratorio Iberico Internacional De Nanotecnologia (INL), MAGNETOCAT SL, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, FRAUNHOFER ISE
ADVANCED ALKALINE MEMBRANE H2/AIR FUEL CELL SYSTEM WITH NOVEL TECHNIQUE FOR AIR CO2 REMOVAL
The University of Delaware is building an electrochemical “pump” (ECP), based on a special membrane, to remove cell-damaging CO2 from ambient air before feeding it along with hydrogen into an HEMFC designed by the team. This method eliminates the need for vehicles using HEMFCs to carry an onboard oxygen supply or scrub carbon dioxide by other more expensive routes. HYDROLITE are manufacturing the high-performance, low-cost fuel cell stack that will further oversee the integration of the University of Delaware’s novel CO2 filtration device into the power system, to demonstrate the advanced filtration technology, as well as to showcase HYDROLITE’s state-of-the-art AEM fuel cell system.