In accordance with the European Green Deal, for Europe to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, hydrogen has been identified as one of the priority areas for clean, affordable, and secure energy.
Water electrolysis, using renewable energy, is the leading candidate as a clean hydrogen source. However, its wide implementation is reduced by the requirement of rare and expensive platinum group metals to catalyse the cathodic hydrogen evolution reaction and the anodic oxygen evolution reaction.
In the SpinCat project, researchers are working on the development of efficient magnetic earth-abundant catalysts that, through spin polarisation, will boost the catalytic activity towards oxygen evolution reaction by a factor of three as compared to state-of-the-art catalysts.
This project will contribute to establishing Europe as the world leader in electrolyser technology for renewable HYDROGEN production and will help Europe to reach its decarbonisation objectives.