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Ohimium International, IITMRP partners to fast-track PEM electrolyzer tech enhancements

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Ohmium International and IIT Madras Research Park (IITMRP) have announced that they have signed an R&D partnership that will accelerate the production implementation of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer technology enhancements.

Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Founder and Director of IITMRP, stated: "I'm accustomed to seeing a cycle time from research to industry that's measured in years. But with Ohmium's unique electrolyzer technology it will only take a fraction of that. It's incredibly exciting!".

Electrolyzers used to produce hydrogen for the industry are typically built to industrial scale. Electrochemical cells don't care what size they are – and Ohmium's design is on a human scale, where we can rapidly work to accelerate the R&D of components on this scale. We can make use of green hydrogen in Cement & Steel plants and for the manufacturing of Green Ammonia. Ohmium's presence at IITMRP will help India move towards net-zero early, Prof. Jhujhunwala added.

Arne Ballentine, CEO of Ohmium International said: "This partnership will enable Ohmium to rapidly translate technology advances in performance and cost reduction into actual production at our Bangalore Gigafactory. The synergies created are very powerful".

Dr. Chock Karuppiah, Chief Technology Officer, Ohmium, concluded: "IITM's young faculties are leaders in electrolyzer and electrochemical research. Together, we're creating a world-class green hydrogen innovation center".

India is one of the world's leading renewable energy producers, reliably producing clean electricity at a lower cost than fossil-fuel-generated electricity. Cost-effective green hydrogen – no-carbon hydrogen made from water electrolysis using renewable energy sources – is now possible in India using Ohmium's technology solutions. Converting cement, steel, and fertilizing manufacturing in India to green hydrogen is a key enabler for India to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

IITMRP and Ohmium will work together to re-power campuses throughout India with 100 percent renewable energy. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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