NEWELY’s main ambition is to develop the next generation of Anion Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysers characterised by high-performance, cost-effectiveness and durability.

In order to achieve this ambition, NEWELY will have to face technical challenges related to the material and the design of the Membrane, the Electrodes and the Stack.

Microporous Layer

The three main technical challenges related to the Membrane, the Electrodes and Stack are addressed via the following innovations:

  • Chemically, thermally and mechanically stable membranes and ionomers with high ionic conductivity in pure water and reduced gas permeation;
  • Performing oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalysts at neutral pH;
  • Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) with innovative materials and design that allow reducing hydrogen crossover;
  • Pore-graded macroporous layers (MPL) that will reduce contact resistance of the Porous Transport Layer (PTL). Furthermore, the stainless steel Bipolar Plates (BPPs) will be corrosion resistant and will have low manufacturing cost;
  • 200 cm2, active area AEMWE stack with hydraulic compression technology and output hydrogen pressure up to 40 bar.


The coatings and MEAs will have no PGM materials.

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This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 875118. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research

Project Coordinator
Dr. Aldo Gago
Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft unnd Raumfahrt (DLR)
Tel.: +49 711 6862 – 8090
Email: aldo.gago@dlr.de

Project Manager
Regine Reissner
Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft unnd Raumfahrt (DLR)
Tel.: +49 711 6862-394
Email: regine.reissner@dlr.de 

Communication Manager
Chiara Pellegrini
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)
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Email: cpellegrini@fbk.eu

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