Bekaert in Zwevegem, Belgium.Bekaert in Zwevegem, Belgium.
  • Strategic Alliance and Licensing Agreement Set to Advance PEM Electrolyzer Technology

Zwevegem, Belgium — In a significant move towards sustainable energy solutions, Bekaert and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation (Toshiba) have announced a global partnership, encompassing a strategic cooperation agreement and a manufacturing technology license. This collaboration, formalized following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2023, is set to catalyze advancements in green hydrogen production.

Revolutionizing PEM Electrolyzers with Cutting-Edge Technology

The partnership focuses on enhancing Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, crucial for green hydrogen production. PEM electrolyzers, which generate hydrogen and oxygen by splitting water using electricity, become a zero-emission solution when powered by renewable energy sources. A significant challenge in this technology is the use of iridium – an extremely scarce metal – as a catalyst in PEM anode electrodes. Reducing iridium content is, therefore, vital for the broader adoption of these technologies.

A Leap Forward in Resource Efficiency

Under the new agreement, Bekaert’s prowess in Porous Transport Layers (PTL) for water electrolyzers will merge with Toshiba’s innovative iridium-saving technology. This synergy is expected to result in a staggering 90% reduction in iridium usage in PEM electrolyzers. Such a reduction not only conserves a rare resource but also ensures a more stable supply chain for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA), facilitating the expansion of green hydrogen production.

Implications for the Green Energy Sector

The alliance between Bekaert and Toshiba represents a significant stride in the energy sector’s transition towards sustainability. By leveraging their respective technological and manufacturing strengths, the partnership promises to overcome key barriers in green hydrogen production. The move is not only a testament to the companies’ commitment to environmental stewardship but also positions them as pioneers in the green energy revolution.

Conclusion: Paving the Way for Sustainable Energy Solutions

The collaboration between Bekaert and Toshiba symbolizes a pivotal moment in the journey towards a greener future. Through innovative technology and strategic cooperation, the partnership is poised to play a crucial role in scaling up green hydrogen production, marking a new chapter in sustainable energy development.

By Lisa Luckas

Lisa Luckas is a Sr. Business News Editor at Nobot.News.

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