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ZeroAvia Unveils AI Software to Slash Hydrogen Production Costs

  • Advanced algorithm designed to reduce cost and emissions for green H2 production
  • Tested with real hardware, demonstrating over 20 per cent reduction of levelized cost of hydrogen
Hollister, CA & Kemble, UK July 10, 2024 Photo(s): By ZeroAvia
Introducing Smart Hydrogen AI Production Software (SHAIPS)! ZeroAvia's new AI-driven, scalable smart microgrid optimization software developed to slash hydrogen production costs for clean aviation and other applications.

ZeroAvia today announced that it has developed revolutionary AI-driven, scalable smart microgrid optimization software which promises to minimize the cost of hydrogen production for clean aviation and other applications.

Real-world testing of the Smart Hydrogen AI Production Software (SHAIPS) has shown in excess of a 20 per cent reduction of the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) compared to an electrolyzer generating all H2 based on the average electricity wholesale price. In order to test the software on real hardware, the company's advanced software division, based in Silicon Valley, worked with its hydrogen infrastructure team to develop a working sub-scale smart microgrid in California, inclusive of renewable generation (solar), battery storage system, electrolyzers, and gaseous hydrogen storage.

The hardware testing has validated many of the underlying assumptions in modeled scenarios, proving the applicability of the software for delivering cost-effective and eco-friendly hydrogen production. SHAIPS will allow the producer to set a limit on the carbon intensity of hydrogen production, meaning the hydrogen can qualify for the most generous subsidies in their geography.

With ZeroAvia's approach, excess renewable electricity can be stored as hydrogen, in batteries, or sold back to the grid. The system will also draw capacity from the grid for H2 production at periods of low carbon intensity energy and low cost, with the microgrid solar energy preserved in battery storage for use when most economically and environmentally sound.

Major policy initiatives are already pushing the world towards an era of low-cost hydrogen production. In the U.S. the DOE targets $1 per kg of hydrogen by 2030, and is investing $7 billion in Hydrogen Hubs across the country, while the Inflation Reduction Act established up to $3 per kg of hydrogen as part of a production tax credit. In the EU, mandates now require member states to build hydrogen refueling stations at fixed intervals and a newly established EU Hydrogen Bank will provide projects with fixed premium support.

Val Miftakhov, CEO, ZeroAvia, said: "Tomorrow's aviation fuel can be made from water and sunlight with today's technology, the only question is cost. Our advanced software team has delivered an impactful application that can provide end users in aviation, transport and other industries the clean hydrogen fuel they need to operate, at costs that work for all parties. It is inevitable that the levelized cost of hydrogen will fall over time, but we are seeking to accelerate that transition through innovation."