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JEV Portfolio Company H2U Technologies Announces Hydrogen Industry's First Commercial-Scale Non-Iridium PEM Electrolyzer

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 11:00 AM

Jericho Energy Ventures Inc.

TULSA, OK and VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / June 27, 2023 / Jericho Energy Ventures Inc. (TSXV:JEV)(OTC: JROOF)(FRA:JLM) ("Jericho", "JEV" or the "Company") is pleased to report that its portfolio company, H2U Technologies ("H2U"), has announced the successful demonstration of the first non-iridium Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer for commercial hydrogen production.

Today, all commercially available PEM electrolyzers rely on iridium catalysts to function. As the electrolyzer industry grows, global iridium scarcity poses a serious threat to scale-up. In its most recent Global Hydrogen Review publication, the International Energy Agency states, "If PEMs supplied all electrolyser production in 2030 in the Net Zero Emissions Scenario, demand for iridium would skyrocket to 63 kt, nine times current global production."

Jericho Energy Ventures Inc., Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Press release picture
Cutaway of H2U Technologies' Non-Iridium Electrolyzer at its Chatsworth, California Headquarters

In connection with the in-house demonstration of its 200kW iridium-free electrolyzer system, the H2U team collected and continues to collect operational data to further validate the durability and performance of novel non-iridium catalysts at the commercial scale. H2U will apply those lessons learned to the design review and construction of their first external proof-of-concept units set to ship at the end of this year.

"This is a significant milestone for H2U on our path to solving a key problem facing the hydrogen industry: the dependency on scarce and precious materials currently needed to make hydrogen. We believe H2U's non-iridium PEM electrolyzers have the potential to transform the green hydrogen industry," said Mark McGough, CEO of H2U Technologies, adding that he expects H2U's breakthrough technology will bring down gas production costs and alleviate supply chain constraints, making green hydrogen more accessible and cost-effective for a wide range of applications.

"From a 200W benchtop, short stack to a 200kW full containerized system in less than eight months using catalysts never before seen in a PEM electrolyzer is a tremendous accomplishment. Now the world can see that there are easily integrated, direct-replacement electrocatalysts for the gigawatts of electrolyzers being planned across the world," noted David Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of H2U Technologies.

JEV is a significant shareholder in H2U and has an appointee to its Board of Directors. To learn more about how H2U is developing technologies to dramatically reduce the cost of green hydrogen, visit H2U can also be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.

JEV also announces that it has entered into an agreement with Digitonic Limited ("Digitonic") to provide JEV with marketing and investor relations services. Digitonic, an investor relations firm based in Glasgow, Scotland, will provide content creation, distribution, and advertising services focused on the North American market. Under the terms of the agreement, dated June 22, 2023, Digitonic has agreed to provide investor relations and marketing services to the Company beginning immediately through September 30, 2023 in exchange for an aggregate amount of two hundred and sixty thousand US dollars. Digitonic brings a best-in-class marketing platform to JEV as it looks to tell its story about its diversified energy portfolio to an expanded audience. JEV and Digitonic are arm's length parties, and Digitonic holds no shares or options to purchase shares in the issued and outstanding capital of JEV and will not be granted any securities, or any right to acquire such an interest of the Company in connection with this agreement.

About Jericho Energy Ventures

Jericho Energy Ventures (JEV) is an energy company positioned for the current energy transitions; owning, operating and developing both traditional hydrocarbon JV assets and advancing the low-carbon energy transition, with active investments in hydrogen. Our wholly owned subsidiary, Hydrogen Technologies, delivers breakthrough, patented, zero-emission boiler technology to the Commercial & Industrial heat and steam industry. We also hold strategic investments and board positions in H2U Technologies (a breakthrough electrocatalyst and low-cost electrolyzer platform) and Supercritical Solutions (developing the world's first, high pressure, ultra-efficient electrolyzer). Jericho also owns and operates long-held producing oil and gas JV assets in Oklahoma which it is currently developing from cash flows in an effort to further increase production into the current elevated commodity price environment.


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Jericho Energy Ventures Inc.
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SOURCE: Jericho Energy Ventures Inc.

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