thyssenkrupp nucera Selected for $50 Million Grant from US Department of Energy

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected thyssenkrupp nucera USA Inc. for a $50 million grant (pending negotiations) under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's investment in clean hydrogen and electrolyzer manufacturing. With this major funding from the US government, thyssenkrupp nucera aims to further expand its footprint in the North American hydrogen market and support the global transition towards a cleaner, more resilient energy infrastructure.

As part of the funding program, the world’s leading supplier of large-scale alkaline water electrolysis (AWE) systems will work with its long-standing partner De Nora to develop innovations that will enable automated manufacturing of gigawatt-scale AWE production lines for customers in the United States. This way, thyssenkrupp nucera’s 20 MW module scalum® is not only being mass-produced in Europe, but also in and for the American market.

“Transitioning cell manufacturing from manual labor to automotive-like mass production that can serve multiple GW projects per year will be the key factor to best position our business in the US. Currently, we are in the process of selecting the ideal site for this project to be nearby customers, use the strong US job market and integrate ourselves as part of the local community,” says Dr. Werner Ponikwar, CEO of thyssenkrupp nucera. “We are grateful for the trust of the DoE and the strong support that underscores the critical role our technology will play in achieving the goals of the energy transition and also builds on the intensive groundwork of the German-American Energy & Climate Partnership.”

This landmark legislation from the DOE represents the first significant federal funding of electrolysis technologies, with $750 million for 52 projects across 24 states to dramatically reduce the cost of clean hydrogen and reinforce American leadership in the growing hydrogen industry. With over 50 years of experience in high-efficiency electrolysis technologies and the world’s largest backlog of AWE industrial projects—including first-mover projects such as NEOM in Saudi Arabia and H2 Green Steel in Sweden—thyssenkrupp nucera is now taking an important step toward localization to serve large-scale projects in the United States even better.

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