Energy storage in batteries or chemical fuels such as hydrogen or synthetic natural gas (produced through water electrolysis) will be crucial to the worldwide large scale deployment of fluctuating renewable energies.
As the use of renewable energies grow and technologies mature, the market for storage will gradually increase, offering strong first-mover advantages to a range of potential stakeholders.
Among the different technologies that can be deployed as energy storage, Redox flow batteries and electrochemical generation of hydrogen have been identified as “strategic”
At De Nora, we are therefore focusing our R&D on:
Regarding water electrolysis, strong efforts are currently being made on Alkaline Water Electrolysis for medium – large scale installations (> ≈ 50 Nm³/h as hydrogen generation capacity).
McPhy Energy will launch a range of new-generation alkaline water-electrolysers using De Nora’s activated electrodes.
The French corporation Electro Power Systems S.A., forerunner in smart hydrogen-based systems for energy storage, announced today the signing of the partnership agreement with the Italian group De Nora, the largest worldwide supplier of noble metal-coated electrodes for the electrochemical industry.
The new company, spin - off of the University of Milano - Bicocca, has been founded with the goal of industrializing the photovoltaic windows, innovative technology for energy production developed in the Department of Materials Science. 300,000 euro of capitalization and a potential market in Europe more than nine billion dollars.