Gaia Energy to demo H2Pro electrolysers in Morocco, mulls large-scale use
H2Pro’s E-TAC system. Source: H2Pro Ltd.
Moroccan renewables developer Gaia Energy considers using the innovative electrolyser technology of Israeli firm H2Pro Ltd on a gigawatt scale and has agreed to try out the system in a demo project at home.
The two companies said today they have signed a strategic agreement at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to outline their plans. Gaia Energy will first utilise devices in the 10 MW to 20 MW scale as part of the aforementioned demonstration.
While the Moroccan company did not give further information about the gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project it says it is currently developing in the Kingdom, it claims to have a pipeline of eight projects for a total capacity of 40 GW around the continent.
Caesarea-based H2Pro has developed a green hydrogen production method that differs from traditional electrolysis. Called E-TAC, which stands for Electrochemical - Thermally Activated Chemical, this method uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in separate steps. As a result of the time-separating generation, the system does not require the use of a costly membrane and has significantly lower power consumption needs. According to H2Pro, it is over 95% efficient and cost-competitive with fossil-fuel hydrogen.
The Israeli firm, which is backed by Bill Gates’ climate fund, among others, is getting ready to launch 0.4-MW pilot systems next year.