HYDROFULE is developing Higher Efficiency Green Hydrogen Electrolyzer
Hydrofule is involved in conducting Research & Development work to build a large size economical Green Hydrogen Electrolyzer that will work with Solar Energy with a conversion efficiency of at least 70%, as current efficiencies of Solar to Hydrogen electrolyzers are around 15-20%. Hydrofule plans to make significant investment in the coming years to develop cost-effective electrolyzers for generating green hydrogen.According to Precedence Research, the global green hydrogen market size is expected to surpass around US$ 89.18 billion by 2030 and is expanding growth at a registered CAGR of 54% from 2021 to 2030.
India has committed to manufacture five million tons of green hydrogen per annum by 2030, as part of the country's decarbonization efforts and become a production and export hub for the fuel. Government will set up separate manufacturing zones, waive inter-state power transmission charges for 25 years and provide priority connectivity to electric grids to green hydrogen producers in a bid to incentivize production and Hydrofule wants to be in the forefront during this transformational change.
However, for large scale deployment of Solar Green Hydrogen the cost of producing Solar Hydrogen must be significantly reduced. Numerous studies have shown that increasing the Solar to Hydrogen conversion efficiency is a significant step in reducing Green Hydrogen generation cost. The current conversion efficiencies demonstrated by water splitting solar electrolyzers max out at 20%.
Hydrofule's research focuses on reducing the current production cost of Green Hydrogen by improvement the Photovoltaic-Electrolysis system efficiency by minimizing the water splitting voltage and deploying high efficiency eletrocatalysts in the electrolyzer. Hydrofule plans to develop a prototype with hybridization of semiconductor oxide photoelectrodes, such as TiO2, WO3, BiVO4, etc, with noble metals which can provide enhancement of photo electrochemical performance and an overall solar to hydrogen conversion efficiency greater than 50%. Hydrofule is also studying the impacts of modification of electrode architecture for durability and selection of materials with lower bandgap and appropriate band edge potential in improving the efficiency of the electrolyzer cell.
Green hydrogen will be an essential part of our future as it will be a crucial enabler of global transition to sustainable energy and net zero emissions provided it can be produced more economically than the current cost. Green Hydrogen will help decarbonise sectors such as automobiles, aviation and shipping, where it will be used as sustainable fuel, as well as in manufacturing industries such as steel and chemicals. Up to one-third of the required solar and wind electricity would eventually be used for water electrolysis to produce hydrogen, thus increasing the cumulative electrolyzer capacity to about 3600 GW by 2050 from 300 MW today.
Hydrofule, located in New York, USA, is a division of Ducon Combustion Equipment Inc.,
a subsidiary of Ducon Infratechnologies Ltd., (NSE: DUCON).
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