Collingwood-based Hydrogen Optimized has secured a new technology and manufacturing centre in Owen Sound, Ont., and within the Grey-Bruce Hydrogen Hub. The move is part of the company’s strategy towards becoming a global leader in large-scale green hydrogen production. The facility is expected to accelerate the commercialization of company’s RuggedCell large-scale green hydrogen production systems.
The RuggedCell water electrolysis systems are targeted to major industrial, chemical, utility and energy end users, which represent the largest segment of the green hydrogen market.
“Today our company has taken a significant step toward achieving our goal of meeting the rapidly developing global demand for large-scale Green Hydrogen technology,” Andrew T.B. Stuart, president and CEO of Hydrogen Optimized, said in a release. “The facility we have secured is ideal for meeting two key objectives – first, to advance our RuggedCell water electrolysis technology for large-scale project deployment, and secondly, to advance our manufacturing technology and capabilities.”
The facility provides the infrastructure necessary to demonstrate the company’s high current electrolysis technology and associated electrical systems. This includes the activities outlined in the MOU with ABB, announced in September.
Hydrogen Optimized will also refine its RuggedCell water electrolysis technology and manufacturing processes at the site. The lease agreement for the facility allows for expansion over time to almost 200,000 sq. ft. of industrial space.
Major industries and governments have identified the use of green electricity with large-scale water electrolyzers as an essential contributor to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The manufacture of water electrolysis technology – particularly very large electrolyzers such as those under development by Hydrogen Optimized – will require significant scaling to reach that target.
“We are moving forward as quickly as possible to develop the technology to provide individual Green Hydrogen production plants at our customer sites, each in the hundreds of MW range,” Stuart added. “More immediately, we are developing the capability to manufacture up to 500 MW of RuggedCell electrolyzers annually. Looking farther ahead, we intend to drive costs down to the lowest possible level with manufacturing plants rated at 2,000 MW or more of annual RuggedCell production.”
Hydrogen Optimized will also work with partners in other geographies where domestic demand justifies building local manufacturing facilities.
Hydrogen Optimized is a private hydrogen technology company that develops and commercializes large-scale green hydrogen production systems. The company seeks to be the first water electrolysis company to supply an aggregate of 10 GW of hydrogen production equipment.