Cipher Neutron, Strategic Resources collaborate on green hydrogen in Canada

Cipher Neutron, Strategic Resources collaborate on green hydrogen in Canada

DynaCERT Inc. and its AEM Green Electrolyser partner Cipher Neutron and mining firm Strategic Resources have jointly announced that Cipher Neutron and Strategic have executed a collaboration agreement to study supplying the BlackRock Project’s metallurgical facility (owned by Strategic), located in Saguenay, Québec (Canada) with Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolysers.

These AEM electrolysers manufactured by Cipher Neutron will be designed to produce green hydrogen in order to support the transition to green steel. As per Strategic’s recent NI 43-101 feasibility study, Strategic plans on using natural gas for its Tenova HYL Energiron direct reduction plant, which can also use hydrogen. The collaboration Agreement will enable Strategic to accelerate its hydrogen development roadmap and move towards producing near emissions free iron metallic products for use in electric arc furnaces and steel foundries.

The collaboration agreement enables Strategic to consider the use of AEM Eeectrolysers from CN for the BlackRock Project including its iron, titanium and vanadium production at its metallurgical processing plant to be located adjacent to the Port of Saguenay, Québec, in Canada. Cipher Neutron’s innovative products, such as its proprietary AEM electrolysers, have unique advantages over other Green Hydrogen production technologies and, more specifically, these are as follow:

1. CN AEMs provide greater electrical efficiency versus its technology peers, leading to lower hydrogen costs.

2. CN AEM Electrolysers are free of Platinum and Iridium materials, harmful PFAS (Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) chemicals and polluting metals, leading to lower costs, enhanced availability and shortened lead times and delivery schedules.

3. CN’s AEM membranes have demonstrated longer life, leading to lower sustaining capital and operating costs.

4. CN’s Green Hydrogen is provided at pressures of up to 30 bar, reducing the need for compressors and excess power required by compressors, further reducing the capital and operating costs.

The BlackRock Project’s leased industrial site at the Port of Saguenay provides an ideal location to deploy Cipher Neutron’s Green Hydrogen AEM Electrolysers. Strategic can utilise the green hydrogen in its hydrogen-ready Tenova HYL Energiron direct reduction plant for the production of high purity, clean metallic iron products, a key component of Green Steel.

Strategic has an established business footprint in Québec and CN’s supply of AEM electrolysers for this multi-Megawatt capacity project is well-suited for Strategic, Cipher Neutron, Québec and North America.

Strategic has completed a bankable feasibility of the fully permitted BlackRock Project, which, along with it’s Environmental Certificates of Authorisation from the Province of Québec, demonstrate significant achievements of advanced greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction with proven technologies. The work contemplated by CN and Strategic for the first phase of the collaboration will consider the possibility of further advancing the GHG reduction achievements of Strategic towards even lower emissions.

CN will provide the design for the initial implementation of approximately eighty-four (84) 250-Kilowatt AEM Green Hydrogen Electrolysers to produce approximately ten tonnes of green hydrogen gas per day to be utilised in the reduction of iron and potentially other purposes for the BlackRock Project.

If the initial project phase is implemented, the supply of AEM Green Hydrogen Electrolysers could represent meaningful revenue to Cipher Neutron and, subject to the supply of available electrical energy and other factors, could eventually scale up to over 200 250-Kilowatt Electrolysers to produce up to 30 tonnes of green hydrogen per day for the BlackRock Project.