Electrolysis of Water Enables a Sustainablethe Hydrogen Economy

By this point, industry and consumers alike are fully aware of the fact that hydrogen is the cleanest fuel available. It is a by-product of natural gas and yet it also counts on the electrolysis of water to be created. Unfortunately, this process isf high in cost, as it requires the use of precious metals, including iridium or platinum. Being able to replace these components of the process would transition the hydrogen economy into a far more viable one.

Sustainion® Membranes

That is why  Dioxide Materials™ has developed its remarkable Sustainingon® membranes. Capable of eliminating precious metals from the process, this design offers a low cost solution for producing renewable hydrogenis also able to get better performance from any electrolyzer application. As hydrogen stocks are typically created onsite at hydrogen fueling stations, the ability to cut the operating costs through the use of less costly metals, such as nickel or iron would make a substantial difference. Add to that the hydrocarbon-based membranes, and you also eliminate the high priced, fluorinated options that dominate most processes today.

The Difference in athe Low Cost Process of Water Electrolysis of Water

The anion exchange membranes in use in the Dioxide Materials™’ electrolyzer system can reduce the cost of systems used to create “renewable fuels and chemicals and systems for energy storage…[through] a run where a simple alkaline water electrolyzer with base metal catalysts (FeNiO4 anode catalyst and A FeNiCo cathode catalyst in 1 M KOH at 60 °C) is run at a constant current of 1 A/cm²…[demonstrating] the potential of membranes to substantially lower the cost of water electrolyzers.” This is quite substantial when you consider that the current system relies on precious metal catalysts and the new approach depends strictly on cobalt or nickel. With longer lifetimes, less cost and rapid functionality, they are clearly superior to anything already in the hydrogen economy’s infrastructure.

For Now…

For now, the electrolysis of water is not a viable solution to the world’s energy needs because so few large-scale providers have implemented alkaline water electrolyzers. As far more cost efficient and energy efficient options, the Dioxide Materials™ processes are a workable solution that can be implemented today. Able to turn on or off quickly in order to leverage the rises and falls in most renewable energy system supplies (such as the supplies available from solar or wind) while using non-precious metal catalysts, they offer a complete solution to the need for more realistic hydrogen production. If you are eager to learn more, contact Dioxide Materials™ to discover their current options and systems.

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