MOSCOW (MRC) -- Asahi Kasei has started construction on an alkaline water electrolysis pilot test plant for hydrogen production at its Kawasaki Works site, said the company.
With the project Asahi aims to address “challenges in developing technology for highly reliable products that are compatible with fluctuating electrical power generated from renewable energy,” it said in a statement this week.
Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind provide unstable power output, meaning water electrolysis equipment needs to be responsive to fluctuations.
The pilot plant will include several electrolyzer modules to test responsiveness to power fluctuations. It is expected to start operations in early 2024.
Asahi Kasei plans to commercialise a larger-scale alkaline water electrolysis system comprising multiple 10 MW modules by 2025. Financial details were not disclosed.
We remind, Asahi Kasei Plastics Singapore Pte Ltd (APS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, acquired the widely recognized international certification ISCC PLUS for its polyphenylene ether (PPE) as a sustainable product on September 19, 2022. Production of PPE using biomass-derived raw material is scheduled to begin in January 2023.