PEM electrolysis is a proven and reliable commercial technology which meets the needs of many industrial markets, especially as it has scaled to megawatt capacities. However, there are many opportunities for ongoing cost reduction, leveraging recent material and manufacturing advancements in PEM fuel cells, which will continue to open new energy markets. Proton has continually pursued innovation in our products, with new generations of stack designs successfully transitioning to commercial deployment.
In June 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the awarding of $15.8 million in grants across 30 companies for projects aimed at the discovery and development of novel, low cost materials required for hydrogen production and storage, and for the development of fuel cells for light-duty vehicles. Proton Onsite was awarded two of those grants.
The first grant for approximately $248,000 will help Proton OnSite’s R&D Department advance the development of High Efficiency PEM Water Electrolysis enabled by advanced catalysts, membranes and processes in collaboration with Tufts University and Oak Ridge National Lab. The second grant for $2,000,000 will provide funding for Proton Onsite scientists to benchmark advanced water splitting technologies and develop best practices in materials characterization, in collaboration with Caltech, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Arizona State University. Proton is also a partner on a third grant focused on alkaline membrane development for water electrolysis. All three grants will also involve the HydroGEN Energy Materials Network, a consortium of six U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories with unique, world-class capabilities in advanced water splitting technologies.
These grants represent Proton’s ongoing commitment to product innovation as well as our strong technical reputation. Everyone at Proton OnSite is delighted to be a part of developing these technologies for a brighter, cleaner and greener future.