The University of Nevada Las Vegas Research Foundation (UNLVRF) has awarded Proton Energy Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., a $2.3-million contract for follow-on research into advanced proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis.
The study is funded by a grant to UNLVRF from the US Department of Energy. The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Center for Energy Research (CER) will also collaborate on this project.
The new research grant will allow Proton to focus on technology improvements such as increased system and cell stack efficiency, reduced costs through scale-up and manufacturability assessments, and improving the technology to directly interface renewable electricity sources to the PEM electrolyzer. Proton is a leading provider of on-site hydrogen generation systems and other advanced energy storage technologies.
We believe this latest award will result in further significant advancements in our PEM electrolysis technology, allowing us to focus our research and development on key operational product capabilities.—Robert Friedland, Proton Senior Vice President and head of the hydrogen technology group
Proton and UNLVRF began collaborating in 2003 to develop advanced hydrogen fueling technologies. A fueling station under design is expected to incorporate a high-capacity electrolyzer, capable of generating up to 12 kilograms per day of hydrogen—enough to fuel at least two fuel-cell light duty vehicles.
UNLVRF is also leading a research consortium including Altair Nanotechnologies and Hydrogen Solar to further the development of solar hydrogen generation cells. (Earlier post.)
In October, Proton Energy was selected to install a hydrogen-fueling system in the New York City metropolitan area—the city’s first such—as prime contractor to Shell Hydrogen.(Earlier post.)