EAT has developed a revolutionary porous silicon material – called Si+ – that can generate ultra-pure hydrogen from a water source on demand. Si+ can also act as a solid-state hydrogen-generating material that is compact, robust, and easily transportable.

It has the potential to solve significant challenges in the safe storage, handling and transport of hydrogen, long-standing inhibitors to the growth of the hydrogen economy.

As a guaranteed source of secure, on-demand power, Si+ has multiple uses. This can facilitate the phasing out of expensive and polluting standby diesel generators – called “gensets”.

Si+ is an ideal replacement for marine fuel oil – which is due to be phased out next year – and offers a thermal energy storage solution through the exothermic heat that is released during the Si+ hydrogen generation reaction.

Si+ will support the mass deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen flights.

Si+ hydrogen fueling stations that locally generate on-demand hydrogen can share the footprint of existing service stations, reducing capital and operational expenditures.

“Si+ facilitates a guaranteed form of energy compared to renewable energy, which is often intermittent. It is the first grid-parity distributable energy storage material,” said Albert Lau, CEO of EAT. “Si+ technology has the potential to advance the hydrogen economy by decades.”

During a webcast, Mr. Lau demonstrated how Si+ can generate hydrogen from a water source. “You can compare the inert vacuum-packed Si+ cartridges to those coffee machine pods and capsules, just add water and release the product!” he said.

The production process consumes underutilized electricity, emitting no greenhouse gases. The raw material is metallurgical silicon, which can come from sand with a carbon source, or recycled silicon from broken or end-of-life solar panels otherwise destined for landfill.

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SOURCEEPRO Advance Technology Limited

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