FuelCell Energy has been awarded about $1m by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to further develop and demonstrate solid-state electrochemical hydrogen separation and compression (EHSC) technology.

Combining both separation and compression simplifies hydrogen production and reduces energy consumption, leading to lower cost hydrogen production, said FuelCell Energy.

“This programme will develop and demonstrate our technology to use electrochemical processes to separate and compress the hydrogen which is produced as a byproduct of power production in our DFC power plants,” said Tony Leo, Vice President Applications Engineering and New Technology, FuelCell Energy.

“Replacing conventional mechanical processes with our EHSC electrochemical process for hydrogen separation and compression is expected to increase system efficiency and reduce operating costs by about 50 per cent compared to existing technology.”

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