Canada: 22 Million Dollar Program Breakthrough in Green Hydrogen Technology with Demo of World’s Highest-Current Water Electrolyzer

Editor: Ahlam Rais

With the completion of the demonstration of the world’s highest-current water electrolyzer, Hydrogen Optimized has advanced its large-scale green hydrogen technology – the Ruggedcell unipolar electrolyzer. The 22-million-dollar Ruggedcell high-current electrolyzer development program was launched by Hydrogen Optimized with an aim to develop the world’s largest green hydrogen production systems.

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The demonstration took place at Hydrogen Optimized’s High-Current Demonstration Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
The demonstration took place at Hydrogen Optimized’s High-Current Demonstration Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
(Source: Hydrogen Optimized)

Ontario/Canada – Hydrogen Optimized, a subsidiary of Key DH Technologies, announced that it has completed a demonstration of the world’s highest-current water electrolyzer since the 1980s.

The operation of a 50,000 ampere Ruggedcell unipolar electrolyzer represents a breakthrough in large-scale Green Hydrogen production technology and a direct pathway towards the commercialization of single electrolysis modules rated up to 100 MW. The demonstration took place at Hydrogen Optimized’s High-Current Demonstration Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

“Today we achieved an important milestone toward our goal of deploying high-current unipolar water electrolysis technology for the world’s largest Green Hydrogen production systems,” said Andrew T.B. Stuart, President and CEO, Hydrogen Optimized. “Such very large systems will be required by major industrial, chemical, utility and energy end users to significantly reduce their carbon emissions.”

Stuart added, “We will now focus on optimizing the Ruggedcell design as we advance toward the development of a market-ready product. We will also move toward the scale-up of our technology – a doubling of the Ruggedcell current rating to 100,000 amperes. This will enable single electrolyzer modules up to 200 MW.”

In parallel with its ongoing technology development and demonstration activities, Hydrogen Optimized is advancing its manufacturing capabilities to enable production at its Owen Sound plant of hundreds of megawatts of electrolyzers annually and ultimately up to 2 GW of annual output. New manufacturing facilities will be established in other markets in line with growth projections in the demand for large-scale green hydrogen production.

Since 2017, when Hydrogen Optimized launched its Ruggedcell high-current electrolyzer development program, the company has progressively scaled the maximum ampere rating of its technology. This has involved a technology development investment of 10 million dollars to date, with another 12-million-dollar investment anticipated over the next three years.

The future expenditures will be funded by a 4.8-million-dollar grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) as announced on June 8, 2021, additional support from Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) Industry Grants, other funding sources under development, and investors.

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