Department of Energy Awards $5 Million to Avium to Further Develop High-Performing Electrolyzer Stacks

Avium’s award will advance the development of high-performing hydrogen electrolyzers that operate at efficiencies far beyond existing systems, accelerate the commercialization of low-cost, high-efficiency alkaline water electrolyzer stacks, and strengthen domestic manufacturing and clean energy competitiveness.

Avium's technology enables field regeneration during operations, delivers reliable performance, lowers costs, and operates at a higher average efficiency. (Photo: Avium)

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--()--Avium, an alkaline electrolysis company supported by Tallgrass, receives a three-year, $5 million award from the Department of Energy (DOE).

The DOE funding will accelerate the commercialization of robust and reliable alkaline electrolyzers by combining Avium’s proven low-cost, high-efficiency catalysts with stacks designed to handle Avium’s higher hydrogen production rates. Avium’s catalysts and coatings allow alkaline water electrolyzers to outperform other hydrogen production technologies over the long run by regenerating catalysts in the field to maintain high performance over an extended stack lifetime and by enabling direct connection to variable renewable resources. The award will significantly improve the cost-effectiveness of green hydrogen production and will allow alkaline electrolyzers to meet or exceed the DOE performance goal of 2 A/cm2 at ≤1.7 V.

“Most notably, the stacks will incorporate Avium’s patented catalysts and novel deposition methods — boosting efficiency, increasing hydrogen production rates, and extending stack lifetimes while eliminating expensive platinum group metal components,” said PJ Piper, chief executive officer at Avium.

Avium’s groundbreaking innovations will strengthen the U.S. manufacturing base and electrolyzer supply chains, reinforce the country's global competitiveness, and lower electrolyzer capital and operating costs for green hydrogen production while providing improved durability under variable operation.

“Tallgrass has supported Avium for the last two years as the team has scaled up and proven their technology. This groundbreaking technology has the potential to unlock large-scale hydrogen production from renewable energy. The DOE award is an exciting milestone that will help Avium continue its important work in designing an electrolyzer stack that can take full advantage of the underlying technology,” said Justin Campbell, vice president of power and transmission at Tallgrass.

Avium will collaborate with U.S.-based technology leader Teledyne Energy Systems, whose proven TitanTM HMXT Alkaline Water Electrolyzer will be a test bed for this project. Other Avium collaborators on this mission-critical project are the University of Kansas, Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, and Urban TEC.



Avium is leading the development of alkaline electrolyzer technologies that improve green hydrogen production's efficiency, affordability, and reliability. Avium is committed to enabling the most efficient and cost-effective hydrogen production platform on the market by revolutionizing the production of alkaline electrolysis. Originating from the University of Kansas, Avium received early funding from the NSF, U.S. DOD, U.S. DOE, and energy infrastructure leader Tallgrass. Learn more


Tallgrass is a leading energy infrastructure company focused on safely, reliably, and sustainably delivering the energy and services that fuel homes and businesses and enable our nation’s quality of life. Across the U.S., Tallgrass has over 1,000 employees who operate more than 10,000 miles of infrastructure stretching from Ohio to North Dakota and down to South Texas. Learn more at

Teledyne Energy Systems

Teledyne Energy Systems has designed and manufactured Alkaline Hydrogen Generators for over 50 years and has over 800 units currently operating worldwide.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Disclosures in this news release contain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this news release that address activities, events or developments that management expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this news release specifically include statements regarding the expected uses and benefits of the award from the Department of Energy, statements regarding the expected outcomes of Avium’s innovations, and the expected collaboration with Teledyne Energy Systems using its TitanTM HMXT Alkaline Water Electrolyzer as a test bed for the project. Such statements are subject to several assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Tallgrass, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements, and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including those set forth in reports and financial statements made available by Tallgrass. Any forward-looking statement applies only as of the date on which such statement is made, and Tallgrass does not intend to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


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