Thursday, April 18, 2024

Hysata’s new electrolyser manufacturing facility opens in Port Kembla

Electrolysers are the critical technology for producing green hydrogen, and it uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. These systems have previously only undergone incremental improvements. The industry’s main challenge is that existing electrolysers are complex, expensive, moderately efficient, and difficult to scale.

Australian electrolyser company Hysata has officially opened its new 8,000 sq.m. (86111 sq.ft.) global headquarters and electrolyser manufacturing facility in Port Kembla, marking a milestone in the company’s journey and paving the way for the commercialization of its high-efficiency electrolyser.

Hysata has developed a new type of electrolyser that is claimed to be the world’s most efficient electrolysis cell, with a simplified balance of plants. Its revolutionary design combines high-efficiency functionality with a simple, inexpensive, and modular system, changing the economics of green hydrogen production.

Hysata’s technology offers 95% system efficiency (41.5 kWh/kg). Its highly efficient, low-cost, integrated balance point and stack design provides an optimized, turnkey system that delivers high-purity green hydrogen at the lowest cost.

“Hysata’s new facility in Port Kembla signals the next phase of our scale-up journey. Our plan encompasses the construction of a 100 MW per annum production line, with commercial-scale units scheduled for delivery in 2025, including the 5 MW electrolyser unit for Stanwell’s project. And we will ramp up rapidly to giga scale capacity thereafter,” said Hysata CEO Paul Barrett.

“With exceptional 95% (41.5 kWh/kg H2) efficiency combined with cost-effective materials and minimised Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) costs, Hysata’s electrolyser will deliver the lowest Levelised Cost of Hydrogen (LCOH) for green hydrogen producers.”

The new facility will enable Hysata to commercialize its electrolyser technology, which aims to help change the economics of green hydrogen production and accelerate the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors such as steel, chemical production, and heavy transport.

The Australian Government has given a vote of confidence in Hysata’s technology through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) by announcing a $20.9 million grant from its Advancing Renewables Program. The funding will support the commercial demonstration of a 5 MW electrolyser unit to be tested at Stanwell Power Station near Rockhampton, Queensland.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Queensland Government-owned power company Stanwell Corporation will support the demonstration project with $3 million and provide the site and facilities for deploying the electrolyser, which is being developed at Hysata’s new manufacturing facility.

Hysata is moving towards manufacturing the multi-gigawatt scale needed to address climate change.