Hystar, a company connected to the Energy.Invented platform, and their partners Equinor and Gassco, have received financial support from Enova’s “Pilotering av ny energi- og klimateknologi” program for the first full-scale field demonstration of Hystar’s containerized, MW-scale PEM electrolyzer.
– This is a key step in commercializing Hystar’s game-changing technology and moving towards large-scale production. Through the lab testing we’ve done in cooperation with SINTEF, we have verified our technology, and we’re pleased to now work together with strong industrial partners in scaling up that technology. We are very grateful for the support from Enova; this project is an important part of realizing Hystar’s vision of technology for a greener world, says Hystar CEO, Fredrik Mowill in their press release.
The total funding is 38.2 million NOK. The project will start in March 2022 and will last for 3 years, ending in June 2025. The focus will be on attaining operational experience and validating Hystar’s high-efficiency hydrogen PEM system. The project will look at the system designed to suit variable production loads typically found in wind applications. Less variable production regimes will also be tested to provide data on the performance of Hystar’s electrolyzers for industrial-scale hydrogen production.
Supporting the energy transition
The aim is to make hydrogen production cheaper to support the transition to a sustainable energy society. Hystar writes that they will design and construct a complete, autonomous, containerized PEM electrolyzer with a hydrogen production capacity of up to 500 kg/day. Equinor will install the K-lab facilities, close to the Kårstø Processing Plant operated by Gassco, and will be in operation for a period of at least one year.
– Gassco has a close eye on new technology developments that can contribute to either reduced emission or pave the road for new value chains on NCS. We are pleased to support the development of this new technology concept from Hystar, which has a potential to contribute positive to the coming energy transition, says Svein-Erik Losnegård, Principal Engineer, Gassco