Hydrogen gas production is a significant advancement of science for various reasons. Currently, hydrogen electrolysis makes way for only about 5% of the hydrogen in use. Furthermore, this hydrogen production remains confined to high-end applications producing oxygen for international space stations. This is largely due to the high-costs. Conversely, possibilities of hydrogen energy can be a significant leap in renewable energy.
Additionally, hydrogen is widespread in commercial applications as well. For example, it is a key component of oils and fats to produce food products like peanuts oil. Moreover, it is also used the study of superconductors. Its liquid variety is prominently used as a rocket fuel. The demand for hydrogen and its electrolysis keeps growing. The element is able to form various chemical compounds which presents a bright future horizon.
A Breakthrough in Hydrogen Energy Storage and Electrolysis
A team of researchers from the Israel institute of Technology have found promising insights in the hydrogen electrolysis. This study published in the Nature Energy, promises to advance electrolytic hydrogen energy production methods. The hydrogen electrolysis process involves splitting the hydrogen item and previous research shed important light on this aspect.
The new study goes a step further and tackles some core challenges. Hydrogen electrolysis involves collecting hydrogen gas from millions of PEC cells distributed in the solar field. Previous researchers of the study have developed metal grids which record the voltage from each individual PV cell. These solar farms consist of millions of individual cells.
A Team Effort
The Israeli researcher have separated oxygen and hydrogen in two separate compartments in two different cells. This paved way for freeing the oxygen in the atmosphere while keeping the hydrogen at bay in the central reactor. The researchers used auxiliary electrodes. These required charging and discharging simultaneously to complete the intended chain of sequence.
This important scientific discovery was led by Dr. Rothschild and his several colleagues. And, this team is not new to such major breakthroughs. Their previous work published in Nature Materials outlined a breakthrough approach to water electrolysis.