Green hydrogen AEM electrolyser wins £1m Earthshot award

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Electrolyser technology that produces green hydrogen for numerous uses has been acknowledged with the ‘Fix our Climate’ prize in the inaugural Earthshot awards.

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Electrolyser acknowledged with an inaugural Earthshot prize (Image: Enapter)

Enapter’s AEM electrolysers are in use in 40 countries, replacing fossil fuels in sectors including residential energy storage, mobility, industry, power-to-gas, heating and research.

The scaleable solution is standardised for mass production and from 2023 10,000 units will be built each month from the Enapter Campus in Germany.

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The patented AEM electrolysers have a production rate of 500NL/hr or 1.0785kg/24 hr, produce hydrogen with 99.9 per cent purity, and work with water specification of

<20 µS/cm at 25°C. The 55kg units measure 482mm x634mm x 307mm and can be stacked to achieve hydrogen production rates in the kilowatt to megawatt range.

The winners:

Protect and Restore Nature:

Republic of Costa Rica:  The winning project is a scheme paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems that has led to a revival of the rainforest

Clean our Air:

Takachar, India: A portable machine that turns agricultural waste into fertiliser, which encourages farmers not to burn their fields and cause air pollution

Revive our Oceans:

Coral Vita, Bahamas:  Using special tanks, the winners developed a way to grow coral in the Bahamas up to 50 times faster than they normally take naturally

Build a Waste-Free World:

City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Italy: Milan is acknowledged for collecting unused food and giving it to those in need, which cuts waste and hunger.

Italy-headquartered Enapter were one of five Earthshot prize winners announced yesterday, October 17 at a ceremony at Alexandra Palace, north London, where each of the winners were awarded £1m and access to a global network of professional and technical support to scale their environmental solutions.

Earthshot, created by HRH Prince William and The Royal Foundation, will award five £1m prizes each year for the next 10 years to provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems.