Johnson Matthey and Hystar Partner to Advance Green Hydrogen Production

May 22, 2023
Partnership is focused on electrolyzer stack development and manufacturing scale-up.

Johnson Matthey Norwegian hydrogen company Hystar have signed a three-year strategic supply agreement to ramp up renewable (green) hydrogen production, Johnson Matthey said on May 22.

Johnson Matthey will supply membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), key performance-defining components for electrolyzers, as part of Hystar's commercialization ramp-up. This represents the next step in the collaboration between the two companies, which began in 2021. The partnership is focused on electrolyzer stack development and manufacturing scale-up, using the components provided by Johnson Matthey and Hystar's cell design.

As part of the ongoing collaboration, Johnson Matthey will supply MEAs for the Hystar PEM electrolysers to be used in the HyPilot project in Norway. The HyPilot project will verify Hystar's patented PEM technology under realistic field conditions, in collaboration with industry leaders Yara and Equinor, with end market demand driven by the trends in food production and energy security. As part of the project, Hystar will deliver a complete, autonomous, containerized PEM electrolyzer with a hydrogen production capacity of up to 745 kg per day.

Hystar's recent test results show the company already exceeds the Clean Hydrogen for Europe 2030 targets for clean hydrogen production, according to the news release. Hystar and Johnson Matthey will work in partnership to continue improving the performance of Hystar's electrolysers and design circularity principles into the system.

Both partners will continue the collaboration to enable further scale up and automation for Hystar's planned multi-gigawatt production line, which is expected to be operational by 2025.