Research analysis acquired from the University of Glasgow details a new approach towards producing hydrogen. The new method overcomes the difficulties of hydrogen production using electrolysis. The energy requirement to initiate is most evident challenge of electrolytic production. The research study points to a method that uses much lesser energy than electrolysis. Therefore, the new water-based method developed by scientists could pave way for a sustainable future.
Overcoming Limitation of Electrolysis
The flow of electric current through a multi-layer catalyst could increase hydrogen production. The method almost doubles amount of hydrogen produced per millivolt of electricity. Renewable sources of energy can provide electricity for the process. Henceforth, the scientists are positive about acquiring large energy surplus through this method.
The research involved universities across Portugal, Germany, UK, and Hungary. The need for hydrogen, across a wide range of industries cannot be undermined. The demand for hydrogen is likely to increase several times with the advent of electric cars. In this context, the use of layered catalysts for increased hydrogen production is a feasible idea.
Popularity of Electric Vehicles
Meanwhile, cars such as Hyundai NEXO can produce their own electricity. The growing popularity of such cars is expected to drive demand for hydrogen fuel. The new research is, therefore, an important milestone in the modern energy sector. The limitations of procuring wind and solar energy for powering electric vehicles can be resolved with this method. Hydrogen is the most feasible alternative to batteries that may run obsolete in the long run. It would be interesting to see the response of electric vehicle manufacturers to the new research.