Nel supplies electrolyser for Solar Foods; DNP to participate in ARPChem

The Solein project shows the growing opportunities for green hydrogen solutions again.

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS has received an order for an alkaline electrolyser system to provide green hydrogen for producing food from CO2 and electricity.

The purchase orders have a value of around € 2 million, and delivery of the equipment is expected to be late-2022 or early-2023.

The new Solar Foods production facility, called Factory 01, is under construction in Vantaa, Finland. The company anticipates that the commercial Solein production will begin in the first half of 2023, and Factory 01 will serve as Solar Foods’ platform for scaling up production.

Solein is produced using a bioprocess where microbes are fed with gases (carbon dioxide, hydrogen and oxygen) and small amounts of nutrients.

DNP to participate in ARPChem in hydrogen production project

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is participating in second-phase Research and Development (R&D) activities at the Japan Technological Research Association of Artificial Photosynthetic Chemical Process (ARPChem).

ARPChem phase-2 aims to establish mass-production technology for green hydrogen that can be produced without CO2 emissions by using sunlight.

ARPChem is a research association formed mainly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The manufacturing format for hydrogen-based on photocatalysts that ARPChem is working on is a simple system that can significantly reduce power consumption compared to hydrogen manufacturing technology based on electrolysis used to generate renewable energy.

First phase activities from 2012 to 2021 achieved results, including the world’s first successful large-scale demonstration experiment of Artificial Photosynthesis.

Second phase activities from 2021 to 2030 will see companies, universities, and research institutes combine their unique technological strengths to promote technological development that anticipates social implementation under themes, such as developing more efficient photocatalysts and hydrogen separation membranes also verifying their safety.

Companies participating in ARPChem

  • Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd
  • Dexerials Corporation
  • Furuya Metal Co., Ltd
  • INPEX Corporation
  • JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc
  • Nippon Steel Corporation
  • Toray Industries Inc
  • Toyota Motor Corporation

Universities and research institutes

  • Kyoto University
  • Nagoya University
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • Shinshu University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Tohoku University
  • Tokyo University of Science
  • Yamaguchi University

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: 02081237815
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