Smoltek to create nanofiber-based cell material for electrolyzers


The effort of Smoltek Innovation, a subsidiary of Smoltek Nanotech Holding, to create a unique and high-performance nanofiber-based cell material for electrolysers for fossil-free hydrogen generation is progressing as planned.

Dialogues are now being held with the goal of negotiating a collaboration agreement with a large manufacturer for the concept’s ongoing development, among other things.

We’ve noticed a lot of interest in our unique cell material from both worldwide manufacturers and relevant researchers, which bodes well for our chances of creating a thriving ecosystem around it. We are working to create development collaboration with a big multinational manufacturer, as well as strengthening the Smoltek Innovation team, both internally and through consultants and external researchers, to sustain this high pace, says Ellinor Ehrnberg, CEO of Smoltek Innovation AB.

Smoltek Innovation’s operations in this area are summarized below, along with their current state and future prospects.

Smoltek has continued to work on the feasibility study since the May update, which seeks to create a technical verification of the company’s idea for electrolysers based on its nanofiber technology, among other things. Smoltek is leading the feasibility study, which is being carried out in cooperation with other European research groups. Initially, the effort was focused on filing patent applications, but it has now been expanded to include evaluating important technical characteristics and estimating potential manufacturing costs. As Sm oltek Innovation has turned its emphasis to the electrolyzer’s anode side, where a low pH value creates an aggressive environment, the feasibility study has been broadened to incorporate alternative approaches for corrosion prevention. The fibers generated in the lab environment have an acceptable shape when viewed under a scanning electron microscope, and the technical and performance-related results acquired thus far have been favorable.

Smoltek Innovation is on the verge of completing the following technical milestones:

Create joint initiatives with a big producer of electrolysers or electrolyser components for the company’s concept to be further developed. Several big worldwide market and technology-leading firms are engaged in discussions about this.

Technical validation of the company’s idea for electrolyser cell materials based on nanofibers.

The technological development will focus on optimizing the idea after the above milestones have been met. In practice, this involves creating a small-scale demonstration first, followed by a full-scale prototype with the same size and features as eventual large-scale manufacturing. This ongoing technological development will be carried out in conjunction with a large multinational manufacturer, as well as with European research organizations in the future. The process of applying for research funding, both domestically and internationally, has already begun.

In addition to product development, Smoltek Innovation will focus on industrialisation, which entails creating a comprehensive plan for large-scale manufacture of the company’s cellular material. Smoltek Innovation can get important knowledge about production technical characteristics to relate to in technological development and vice versa by commencing industrialization early.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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