They have received 1.1 million euros in aid, which will represent 78% of the total cost of the production of alkaline technology electrolysers.
To lead the green hydrogen industry, it is not only necessary to have renewable sources, but also electrolysers that produce electrolysis. And Spain could become a "champion" in the manufacture of this essential component for this new energy vector.

And among these electrolysers is the EMMA (Electrodos Mejorados Matteco-Ariema) project, which has been awarded a 1.1 million euro grant from the Ministry of Industry's Renewable Energies, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage (ERHA) programme.

The project is the brainchild of Matteco, a materials technology company dedicated to new solutions to decarbonise the economy, and Ariema Enerxía, a leading manufacturer in Spain. Matteco will implement its components in this new generation of alkaline technology electrolysers that will produce green hydrogen more efficiently and cheaply.

[Government gives 100 million in aid to electrolyser projects to produce renewable hydrogen].
The grants have been obtained under line 4 of incentives to promote advanced solutions and key enabling technologies in the production of renewable hydrogen through the electrolysis of water, a crucial stage in the value chain.

The total budget to be mobilised by the project, including partners' own funds, will be ¤1.4 million, i.e. around 80% of the total project cost will be European funding.

The joint work will focus on developing and incorporating high-performance components from Matteco, a leader in catalysts and electrodes for alkaline electrolysis and AEM, into a new generation of more durable and cost-effective alkaline electrolysers that produce green hydrogen at a competitive cost.

"Our technology provides a technology that optimises the process, makes it more efficient and therefore competes on costs," company sources tell EL ESPAÑOL-Invertia. "But we are working with electrolyser manufacturers, because we want to be like the Intel of computers, to be able to offer our system to improve the operation of electrolysers.

Efficient and competitive

The collaboration with Ariema will allow the capabilities of the new electrode developments to be studied and consolidated over a period of three years, both in intermediate cell sizes (25 cm diameter) and in the final sizes demanded by the green industry (1m diameter).

Reducing the costs associated with green hydrogen production is the major lever for this energy vector to be deployed in sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy industries, long-distance transport and storage of surplus energy.

This deployment will also enable more efficient conversion of surplus energy generated during periods of high hydrogen production, helping to stabilise the electricity grid and ensure a constant supply of renewable energy.

Iker Marcaide, co-founder and CEO of Matteco, said: "Working with Ariema, a leading manufacturer, reveals that Matteco's nanotechnology is accelerating the arrival of a new generation of alkaline electrolysers, where our components are key to their performance and efficiency.

"This new step forward strengthens the company's position on the eve of the opening of our gigawatt-scale factory in Valencia.

Rafael Luque, CEO of Ariema, said: "We have high hopes for Matteco's technology, a trusted partner, which will allow us to advance our goal of offering more efficient alkaline electrolysers on an ever-increasing scale.

"It consolidates Ariema's position as a reference in the field of alkaline electrolysis, where Ariema is the first Spanish company with its own technology".

The EMMA project is aligned with the objectives of the European Union's Hydrogen Strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, which aims to achieve up to 40 GW of renewable green hydrogen electrolysers by 2030. It also advances the challenges defined by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for alkaline electrolysis by 202


3 julio, 2024 Laura Ojea