Hydrogen on the Final Frontier
COLUMBUS, Ohio January 7, 2021 – Because it is very light and burns with extreme intensity, hydrogen is the fuel of choice for space exploration, and soon it will have a new use – energy storage. NASA’s Artemis program aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon, as well as establish a permanent lunar base. The solar powered base will be located in a crater near the moon’s south pole and must survive long lunar nights that can last more than 350 hours. Energy storage is needed, and P2H2’s tech is NASA’s preferred solution, which is why they are supporting development with a Tipping Point grant. Selection was based on high energy density, roundtrip efficiency and the stage of development. NASA also appreciated our tech’s robustness to low quality water, which opens the opportunity to convert recently confirmed lunar water resources into hydrogen fuel and oxygen for life support.
Being selected for the Tipping Point grant is but one of many positive news items from this past quarter. More on the fruits of our efforts are included below.
Finally, I would like to once again thank you for your support during a difficult 2020. We’re looking forward to better days ahead and working with you to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.
– Tad Dirtz, CEO
- Intellectual Property — The foundational patent (USPTO #10,844,497) was awarded in late November. The patent, which covers our core cell architecture, validates the uniqueness of our approach that enables reversibility and high performance.
- Scale-up — Work began on increasing cell size to 300 cm2, the size required for NASA and our 10 kW demo, which is slated for early 2022.
- Product Roadmap — As part of the NYSEDRA-sponsored Scale for ClimateTech program, we’ve developed a comprehensive development roadmap that includes 10-kW, 250-kW and MW-scale Clean Energy Bridge products to serve multiple green hydrogen and energy storage markets.
- Space — Selected by NASA for a Tipping Point grant. The 3 year / $3.4 million contract is focused on developing P2H2 technology for lunar energy storage to support a permanent base, which is part of NASA’s Artemis program.
- Cleantech — In October, P2H2 CTO Paul Matter presented at Peter Fusaro’s Wall Street Green Summit, the longest running and most comprehensive sustainable finance conference.
- Logistics — A team of students with the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors program at The Ohio State University confirmed the value of on-site hydrogen generation for fuel cell lift trucks at distribution centers, a key market for Clean Energy Bridge.
- Facilities — Our now fully functional office is furnished and sports a “Power to” sign to recognize visitors and new employees and celebrate milestones, including the arrival of a new year (see picture below).
- New Additions — Hired two new employees, Sr. Mechanical Engineer Dr. Travis Hery, and Business Intern Matthew Fix. Dr. Hery will lead development of high pressure stacks and systems. Matthew is assisting with office operations and managing social media.
- Social Media — Our new social media accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn are up and running, and our YouTube channel has a few videos posted already as well.
About Power to Hydrogen
Power to Hydrogen (P2H2) is accelerating the transition to a clean energy future by improving access to and affordability of renewably derived green hydrogen and energy storage. With Clean Energy Bridge, an efficient and cost-effective reversible fuel cell system, P2H2 generates hydrogen on-site and produces power when needed most, during peak usage and outages.
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