Siemens Energy and Toray announce partnership in water electrolysis

Siemens Ltd

Monday, 13 September, 2021

Siemens Energy and Toray announce partnership in water electrolysis

Multinational chemicals industry company Toray Industries has announced a partnership with Siemens Energy to promote the development of the largest multimegawatt-class PEM electrolysis hydrogen plant in Japan under the Green Innovation Funding Program arranged by the Japanese Government.

The Green Hydrogen Project under the Green Innovation Funding Program has been organised by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The two companies will receive the funding together with six other companies, including the Yamanashi Prefectural Enterprises Bureau and Tokyo Electric Power Company. Siemens Energy and Toray are jointly promoting the technological development and demonstration of the largest multimegawatt-class PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) electrolysis in Japan with new membrane technology from Toray.

Siemens Energy and Toray say they will cooperate to provide optimum solutions in order to contribute to the realisation of a carbon-neutral society in countries and regions around the world by utilising hydrogen-related technologies, businesses and their global network. The joint vision of the two companies is to advance the technology for the production of green hydrogen from innovative PEM water electrolysis using renewable energy sources. The resulting green hydrogen can not only be used for large-scale power generation and other electric power applications, but also for sector coupling such as heat, transport and industrial applications.

Toray will provide Siemens Energy with its proprietary hydrocarbon electrolyte membranes. The two companies will work together to promote the installation and demonstration of these membranes in Siemens Energy’s large, industrial-scale PEM water electrolyser.

PEM Electrolysis (Source: Siemens Energy)

PEM electrolysis (Source: Siemens Energy).

Toray is an integrated chemical industry company that leverages core strengths in organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology to supply materials across a range of fields. These include fibres and textiles, performance chemicals, carbon fibre composite materials, environment and engineering, and life sciences.

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