“We are noticing a strong interest in our unique cell material from global manufacturers as well as relevant researchers, which is positive for our opportunities to build a well-functioning ecosystem around the concept. To maintain a strong momentum, we are now working to establish a collaboration for the development with a major international manufacturer, as well as to strengthen the Smoltek Innovation team, both within the company and through consultants and external researchers,” says Ellinor Ehrnberg, President of Smoltek Innovation.
Since the update in May, Smoltek has continued to work on the pre-study which is aimed at developing a technical proof-of-concept for a cell material for electrolyzers based on the company’s nanofiber technology. The pre-study is managed by Smoltek, and it is carried out in collaboration with several European research groups. Initially, the work was focused on ensuring patent protection for our innovations, but now the scope has been expanded to evaluate critical technical parameters and to assess the possible production cost. The pre-study has also been expanded to include various methods for corrosion protection, as Smoltek has shifted its focus to the anode side of the electrolyzer, where a low pH value provides an aggressive environment. The technical results and performance obtained so far have been positive, and the fibers produced in a laboratory environment have an appropriate shape when inspected under a scanning electron microscope.
Within the technical development, Smoltek Innovation are in the process of concluding the following near-term milestones:
Create a collaboration project with a large manufacturer of electrolyzers or components for electrolyzers for further development of the company’s concept. Dialogues are currently ongoing with several global market- and technology-leading companies.
Proof-of-concept for the company’s nanofiber-based cell material for electrolyzers.