Revolutionizing Alkaline Water Electrolysis with New Federal Funding: Thyssenkrupp Nucera and De Nora’s Mass Production Initiative for Gigawatt-Scale Projects in the US

US Grant Encourages Transition to Commercializing Electrolyzer Technology

Thyssenkrupp Nucera US and its partner De Nora have received funding to develop automated manufacturing processes for gigawatt-scale alkaline water electrolysis production lines in the United States. This grant will support the transition from manual labor to mass production, allowing them to serve multiple gigawatt projects per year. Dr. Werner Ponikwar, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Nucera, highlighted the importance of this shift in positioning the business for success in the US market.

The funding is part of a larger $750 million investment in 52 projects across 24 states, marking the first significant federal funding for electrolysis technologies under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In Europe, Thyssenkrupp Nucera is also making strides in the electrolysis market by partnering with the Fraunhofer IKTS research institute to develop high-temperature solid oxide electrolyser cell (Soec) technology for industrial applications. A pilot plant is scheduled to begin production of high-temperature electrolysis stacks by the first quarter of 2025.

This strategic partnership aims to bring Soec technology to industries such as green steel, ammonia, methanol, and fertilizers, where it can significantly reduce electricity consumption and eliminate the need for rare precious metals. The collaboration between Thyssenkrupp Nucera and Fraunhofer IKTS will enhance their technology portfolio and open up new opportunities in the green hydrogen sector.

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