Pioneering Green Hydrogen: Bekaert and Toshiba’s Strategic Alliance Unveiled

Bekaert and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation are entering a partnership to help the advancement of green hydrogen production. They’ve agreed to work together globally, including sharing information for a critical part of water-to-hydrogen converters, known as Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) which will speed up production of this clean energy source. Sealing the Deal for Sustainable Hydrogen Production These two companies started working toward this collaboration after a preliminary memorandum of understanding in September 2023. They’re combining their technological know-how and production capabilities to push forward. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers, the machines they’re focusing on, use electricity to turn water into hydrogen and oxygen. If the electricity comes from clean sources, like wind or solar, then the hydrogen doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. A big challenge has been the use of iridium, a very rare metal, in these machines. Finding a way to use less iridium could help to scale up adoption of this impactful technology. Under their agreement, Bekaert’s knowledge of making parts of the water-to-hydrogen converters will be combined with Toshiba’s new way to save on iridium. They’ve figured out how to use 90% less iridium, which could make it easier to get the parts […]

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