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PolyU and University of Shenzhen Winning Bronze Medal in TERA-Award Smart Energy Innovation Competition

9 May 2023

<<PolyU and University of Shenzhen Winning Bronze Medal in TERA-Award Smart Energy Innovation Competition>>

Congratulations to the research team of PolyU and University of Shenzhen on winning the bronze medal in the 2nd TERA-Award Smart Energy Innovation Competition jointly organized by
#Towngas and State Power Investment Company Limited! The competition aims to find outstanding innovative technologies and solutions in the field of smart energy for the future, attracting 275 entries from 41 countries and regions.

Under the leadership of Professor Meng NI and Dr Bin CHEN (PhD graduate of BRE), the PolyU research team has developed a "The next generation of high-efficiency hydrogen production technology” project, which uses a low-energy solid oxide hydrogen production electrolysis cell and system based on a new generation of proton conductor. Through innovative techniques such as exclusive large-size battery symmetrical sintering preparation process and negative expansion optimized electrodes, the team has achieved high-efficiency and stable hydrogen production at 500 degrees Celsius, with a conversion efficiency of more than 80% and a hydrogen production energy consumption of only 3.5 kWh/m3, successfully overcoming the technical difficulties and market pain points of high energy consumption and cost in alkaline electrolysis water and PEM electrolysis water hydrogen production. The project aims to make hydrogen energy a truly affordable carbon-free energy source for all industries.

Once again, congratulations to the PolyU research team for their outstanding achievements in smart energy innovation, and we look forward to their continued contributions to the development of green economy in the future!

Prof. Meng NI, Associate Dean (Faculty of Construction and Environment) & Professor, PolyU (

Dr Bin CHEN, Founder, HydroPro (PolyU academic-led startup)

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