Pre-project with NORCE

We received funding from Regionalt forskningsfond Vestland to digitally model and simulate our electrolyzer technology with help from NORCE.

January 14, 2023

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Element one energy just received 30 000 € in funding from Regionalt forskningsfond Vestland to pay for NORCEs services to digitally model and simulate our electrolyzer cell. The work allows us to optimize our electrolyzer flow channel design, making our cells even more efficient. This project is part of a 1 - year development track to develop a 10 kW prototype of our electrolyzer and will set the stage for implementing our technology in a relevant environment throughout next year. The funding was received as part of Vestands fylkeskommune investment into green hydrogen infrastructure development.

Who is Norce?

Norwegian Research Center (NORCE) is a leading interdisciplinary research organization based in Bergen, Norway. It was established in 2018 through a merger of several research institutes and aims to provide high-quality research services and solutions to the industry, government and society. NORCE conducts research in various fields, including energy, the environment, health, technology, and social sciences. The organization collaborates with universities, research institutions, and companies both domestically and internationally, and is known for its cutting-edge research and innovative solutions.

What are flow channels?

The design and performance of the electrolyser flow channel can greatly affect the efficiency of the electrolyzer. Some of the key ways include:

  1. Flow distribution: The flow channel design can impact the uniformity of the electrolyte flow over the electrodes, which can affect the efficiency of the electrolysis reaction. An even flow distribution ensures that all electrodes are operating at their optimal conditions, improving efficiency.
  2. Pressure drop: The flow channel design can also determine the pressure drop across the electrolyser, which can affect the overall performance of the system. High pressure drop can result in reduced flow rate and decreased efficiency.
  3. Thermal management: The flow channel can also play a role in removing heat generated during the electrolysis process, which is important for maintaining optimal operating temperatures and improving efficiency.
  4. Material selection: The choice of material for the flow channel can impact the efficiency of the electrolyzer in various ways, such as through its thermal conductivity, chemical stability, and resistance to corrosion.

In summary, an efficient flow channel design can contribute to improved efficiency, higher production rates, and lower operating costs for the electrolyzer.

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