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Ionomr Innovations’ technology receives interest from Shell and the U.S. Department of Energy

Ionomr membranes and polymers can help convert electricity generated from renewable energy into energy-dense clean fuels such as green hydrogen and alcohol that can be stored and used in heavy industry when needed.

March 10, 2021  by CM Staff

VANCOUVER — Ionomr Innovations Inc.’s Aemion+™ technology has been identified by the Shell GameChanger Accelerator(TM) Powered by NREL (GCxN) for its potential to make a significant difference in the development of technologies to de-carbonize the global economy.

Ionomr is developing alkaline ion exchange membranes and polymers that are key to converting intermittently generated power, such as solar, hydro or wind, into storable green hydrogen, renewable fuels and chemicals.

It is challenging to de-carbonize heavy duty transportation, aviation and chemical feedstock industries, which require dense fuels and high temperatures. Ionomr membranes and polymers can help convert electricity generated from renewable energy into energy-dense clean fuels such as green hydrogen and alcohol that can be stored and used in heavy industry when needed.

The Shell GameChanger Accelerator(TM) Powered by NREL (GCxN) is a multimillion-dollar, multiyear program developed in collaboration between Shell GameChanger and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focused on advancing emerging clean technologies with the greatest potential to dramatically alter the future global energy landscape.

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Bill Haberlin, CEO of Ionomr Innovations, said, “Ionomr is driven to define and exceed the highest performance metrics needed to allow for rapid commercialization and global acceleration of affordable green hydrogen technologies. We are honoured to be chosen to work with world leaders like Shell and the experts at NREL to maximize the performance of AEM electrolyzer technology using Ionomr membranes and polymers for the conversion of renewable energy into green fuels.”

“GCxN’s fourth cohort will help prove that electrochemistry technologies can replace carbon-intensive legacy processes. As renewable energy costs continue to drop, cross-industry initiatives and partnerships will prove that it’s possible to cost-effectively scale these technology applications and achieve real-world impact,” said Haibin Xu, Shell’s GCxN program manager.