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Engineering of Scalable Platinum-free Electrodes for Pure-Water AEM Water Electrolysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001487
Agency Tracking Number: 1954-1756
Amount: $255,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: T
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001954
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-08-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-05-07
Small Business Information
380 Hamilton Ave Unit 443
Palo Alto, CA 24302
United States
DUNS: 117517675
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ashutosh Divekar
 (603) 759-1973
 ashutosh.divekar@evoloh.com
Business Contact
 Jimmy  Rojas
Phone: (405) 227-2246
Email: jimmy@evoloh.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Producing green hydrogen using renewable energy can reduce emissions for major domestic
industrial sectors which use hydrogen as a feedstock like ammonia fertilizer, refineries, chemicals
and steel. Additionally, green hydrogen can be used to reduce dependencies on foreign energy
sources as a transportation fuel for heavy-duty vehicles, a long-duration energy storage medium,
or as a natural gas replacement for industrial or building heat. However, existing water electrolysis
technology is prohibitively expensive due to high materials cost (e.g., PEM electrolysis) or
complex balance-of-plant systems required when using corrosive liquid KOH electrolyte (e.g.,
conventional alkaline electrolysis). Commercialization of anion exchange membrane water
electrolysis (AEMWE) has the potential to enable transformative $1/kg green hydrogen by
leveraging highly efficient hardware with very-low CAPEX. The ARPA-E IONICS program
(2016-) has had great success in the development of highly conductive, chemically stable anion
exchange membranes which are now being produced at the commercial scale. Origen Hydrogen is
seeking to develop high-performance, platinum-free electrodes that will compliment these
breakthrough materials for pure-water electrolysis operation. However, electrode durability
remains an issue which severely limits the useful operational life of these devices. To address this,
the team will use a multi-pronged approach to engineer low-cost electrodes that are not only
immune to the most common degradation pathways but are also scalable to larger active areas. If
successful, this technology has the potential to provide a step-change in cost reduction and a leap
forward towards a hydrogen-based economy.

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