EU grant award for PEM water electrolysers coupled to renewable power sources

28 June 2012

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the clean fuel and energy storage company, announces that it has received confirmation of a €1.35m (£1.09m) grant award to a consortium to develop supply chains for PEM electrolyser components. The Company’s share of this award is €0.36m (£0.29m).

In the three year programme, ITM Power will be working with consortium members Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-ITAE); European Commission, Directorate-General; Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Solvay Speciality Polymers Italy; and TRE S.p.A Tozzi Renewable Energy. CNR-ITAE will have overall management responsibility for the project. The programme, known as the ELECTROHYPEM project and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (SP1-JTI-FCH.2001.2.7) addresses the validation of developed materials for residential applications in the presence of renewable power sources.

The overall objective of ELECTROHYPEM is to develop cost-effective components with enhanced activity and stability in order to reduce stack and system costs and to improve efficiency, performance and durability. Presently, the active incumbent materials contribute to about 70% of stack costs. Thus, the focus of the project is on low-cost electrocatalyst, low-noble metal loading electrodes and membrane development.

In particular, the project addresses the development of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers based on such innovative components for residential applications (1 Nm3/h hydrogen production rate with an equivalent energy consumption lower than 4 kWh/Nm3) in the context of a suitable integration with renewable power sources. The aim is to contribute to the road-map addressing the achievement of a wide scale decentralised hydrogen production infrastructure.

ITM Power’s main role in the project is to further develop its hydrocarbon PEM electrolyser membranes and to evaluate the performance and durability of Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA’s) developed in the project and undertake assessment of low noble metal loading approaches.

ITM Power CTO, Dr Simon Bourne, commented: “This project is a collaboration between the key European organisations in the component supply chain for green hydrogen production and we are delighted to be at the heart of it. We look forward to bringing our unique membrane materials to the project and benchmarking these against current best of breed.”

For further information please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:

ITM Power plc
Graham Cooley, CEO
0114 244 5111

Singer Capital Markets Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Jonathan Marren / Samantha New
www.singercm.com
020 3205 7628

Tavistock Communications
Simon Hudson / Kelsey Traynor
020 7920 3150

About ITM Power
ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004 and raised its initial funding of £10m gross in its IPO. A further funding round of £28.5m was completed in 2006. The Company has now made the transition from a research and development company to a product manufacturer and technology provider. The Company has both a strong base of intellectual property and engineering expertise for providing complete hydrogen solutions. The Company has been successful in developing strategic industry partnerships in the following projects:

Electrolyser Distribution with Horizon Fuel Cells

Marks & Spencer pilot materials handling fuel cell project

UKH2Mobility with leading auto OEM’s, UK gov. and industrial gas companies

EcoIsland with Toshiba, IBM, Cable & Wireless, SSE and Southern Water

Boeing Unmanned Aircraft System Refueller

CREO with Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Johnson Matthey

Exclusive European distribution rights for Infintium Materials Handling Fuel Cells

Sale of Equipment to EADS