TFP Hydrogen to boost US capacity for electrolyser coatings
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UK-based advanced materials and paper products company James Cropper Plc (LON:CRPR) this week said that its 100% subsidiary TFP Hydrogen Products will raise its US-based electrolyser coating production capacity threefold in the next 12 months to meet rapidly growing demand.
TFP Hydrogen’s coatings are aimed at improving the efficiency and durability of proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysers. It has a new coating technology line at its site in Schenectady, New York, which can back 600 MW of electrolyser manufacturing capacity per year.
The expansion plans are underpinned by this new line’s rapid installation and commissioning. It is based on coating technology developed by TFP Hydrogen in Cornwall, the UK, and could serve as a blueprint for future global deployments in response to the accelerating adoption of electrolysers for hydrogen production. The company cited estimates by the US Department of Energy (DoE) according to which the US electrolyser capacity alone will rise from 0.17 GW now to over 1,000 GW by 2050.
“In line with our strategic realignment to focus on large, growing end markets with higher margin opportunities, we are pursuing an aggressive innovation roadmap that supports the rapid growth of the hydrogen economy,” James Cropper chief executive Steve Adams commented. He added that the company’s continued investment in the US facility provides a local supply and technical ground support for North American electrolyser manufacturers.