When we started, we were 11. Now we are 76 developing our patented AEM electrolyser El 2.0 and Energy Management System (EMS). We think of these two as the “building blocks for the future of energy”, because they make it possible to scale onsite green hydrogen production.
In the last 10 months, we shipped the EL 2.0 to 11 different countries, into more than 12 diverse use cases and industries including food, industrial, microgrids, power-to-gas, refueling, residential storage, and more… The EMS software has collected monitoring data of the electrolysers for a combined total of 300,000 hours. This is instrumental in improving service performance and has immense value for driving forward our R&D.
While we are busy working toward making green hydrogen a commodity, we decided to keep you up to date. We will be sharing these newsletters more frequently as of now. This first newsletter sums the first steps we took to make this a reality.
Inside Enapter – Serial Production has started
To unroot the current energy system from oil and gas, we must drive down the cost of electrolysis. This requires massive scaling efforts. In September, we have reached our first milestone.
We expanded our production facility in Pisa to enter serial fabrication of the EL 2.0. While electrolyser manufacturers today focus on making industrial sized ones, Enapter makes a standard electrolyser. Since the AEM technology does not require noble metals to be efficient, we can build modular units. Our approach is similar to the portable computer disrupting the IT industry 40 years ago. Today, everyone has a laptop. The EL 2.0 is a compact system that is modular and stackable.
Serial production is a first step in making green a commodity. It increased our production capacity by factor 8 and decreased cost by 20%.
What happened lately – The Big Thing: a week of hydrogen
Building a microgrid without fossil fuels isn’t possible? Think again! We built a solar-hydrogen-microgrid with our partners in a matter of hours to show how versatile the energy carrier hydrogen is. In the spirit of the role green hydrogen will play, we hosted The Big Thing in Thailand, a full week of events where hydrogen took center stage.
Hands-On Hydrogen workshop, 08.10: in the effort to provide a blueprint on how to build a hydrogen microgrid, we had laid out all the components on the ground ready to be assembled. Prior to getting into action, participants walked through stations to understand the different systems used. In under 2 hours, the energy system was completed and running. We set LIVE the rules to control the energy system to start or stop hydrogen production and other remote control features the EMS offers.
Electrochemistry workshop, 10.10: what makes Enapter so unique? The Anion Exchange Membrane technology. Our team of electrochemists held a workshop for industry and academic researchers to peek into their minds and labs.
Hydrogen Finance, 10.10: we believe in the impact green hydrogen can have in our current climate situation. By coupling green electricity with sectors other than power, we can slow down climate change. If it hasn’t been done before, it’s because of cost. So when will green hydrogen be cost effective? We discussed the sources of hydrogen and its price trends projected in the next 6 years. Forbes wrote an article about it too.
Nongnooch Garden Mutual press conference, 09.10: In the 600-acre garden, the owner of the grows prehistorical plant seeds, that are living proof of his conservation objectives Kampon Tansacha and Sebastian expressed their ideas to preserve our environment with technologies like hydrogen.
Team Enapter and participants dove into hydrogen use cases, technology and finance. Our aim was to inspire a hydrogen mindset, demonstrate the reality and introduce the team tirelessly advancing the technologies. Watch the recap video here.
Green Hydrogen Use Cases – A hydrogen home in Münster
Our applications range from backup infrastructure support to refueling small vehicles or producing green hydrogen to make renewable methane. We met Arno Tilsner at the beginning of the year, and his home now runs on hydrogen.
“In my dreams, I use hydrogen every day for all my activities! I would drive a FCEV from southern Spain to Münster. I would print my student newspaper na-dann with solar and hydrogen energy. I envision this by the end of 2020…. Now that I have found a suitable electrolyser”.
Arno had hydrogen on his mind for a long time. When he approached us, we could tell he wanted to be a part of the entire installation process. He loves hydrogen, and finally, Arno was getting his own system: the EL 2.0 for his home in Münster.