September 18 (Renewables Now) - Modular hydrogen electrolysers maker Enapter this week announced the opening of a serial fabrication facility in Pisa, Italy, relying on a revamped manufacturing process that will lower electrolyser costs.
The company says the new process increases its production capacity eight times, while cutting electrolyser costs by over 20%.
Enapter’s EL 2.0 electrolyser uses the patented Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) technology, which offers a simple balance of plant and requires no noble metals. The system is stackable which means that EL 2.0 can be used in hydrogen production projects of different sizes.
“Serial fabrication allows Enapter to deploy the current EL 2.0 hydrogen generator to an even larger customer base while creating capacity for the forthcoming EL 2.1 product,” the company said in a press release on Tuesday.
Enapter electrolysers are already being used in island mini-grids, seasonal energy storage systems, residential heating, renewable methane production, nitrogen purification, and fuel cell drone refuelling, among other applications. Earlier this month, one EL 2.0 unit was installed as part of a residential energy storage project outside of Muenster, Germany, producing hydrogen from surplus solar generation from a 5-kWp array. The capacity of the electrolyser is 500 litres of hydrogen per hour.