Cipher Neutron to Supply AEM Electrolyzers to Strategic’s Metallurgical Facility in Quebec

Aug. 18, 2023
These AEM Electrolyzers will be designed to produce green hydrogen to support the transition to green steel

DynaCERT’s AEM Green Electrolyzer partner, Cipher Neutron, and Strategic Resources have signed a collaboration agreement to study supplying the BlackRock Project’s metallurgical facility, owned by Strategic in Saguenay, Quebec, with Cipher Neutron’s Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolyzers.

These AEM Electrolyzers will be designed to produce green hydrogen to support the transition to green steel. The agreement will not only fasten Strategic’s hydrogen development roadmap and produce emissions-free iron metallic products for use in electric arc furnaces and steel foundries but also help the company use AEM Electrolyzers for iron, titanium, and vanadium production at its metallurgical processing plant near the Port of Saguenay, Quebec.

As per Strategic’s recent NI 43-101 Feasibility Study, the company plans to use natural gas or hydrogen for its Tenova HYL Energiron direct reduction plant.

“We look forward to incorporating the AEM electrolyzer technology, such as that of Cipher Neutron, to foster a greener and more sustainable future in line with global reduction of GHG,” said Sean Cleary, CEO of Strategic Resources.

AEMs provide greater electrical efficiency, reducing hydrogen costs, and are free of Platinum and Iridium materials, harmful polyfluoroalkyl substances, and other polluting metals, thereby minimizing costs, enhancing availability, and shortening lead times and delivery schedules.

AEM membranes have longer life resulting in lower sustaining capital and operating costs. Cipher Neutron's green hydrogen is provided at pressures of up to 30 bar, reducing the need for compressors and the excess power required by compressors, thereby reducing the capital and operating costs.

Initially, Cipher Neutron will provide the design for the implementation of approximately 84 250 kW AEM green hydrogen electrolyzers to produce about 10 tonnes of green hydrogen gas per day for the BlackRock Project.  Looking at the supply of available electrical energy and other factors with the successful execution of the first phase, the company is expected to increase to about 200 250 kW electrolyzers to produce up to 30 tonnes of green hydrogen per day. Green hydrogen will be utilized in the reduction of iron and other purposes for the project.

“Approximately seven percent of the total carbon dioxide produced in the world emanates from the iron and steel industries,” said Gurjant Randhawa, President and CEO of Cipher Neutron. “We commend Strategic Resources for its leadership in Green Hydrogen adoption which can considerably change forever these highly intense GHG emissions sectors.”