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Optimal Electrolyzer Design Assessment

Jan Peter Roos
Year: 2013 Pages: 4

This presentation highlights contributions by many to the field of the electrolysis of water and water based solutions after the initial quantitative documentation of this process, that was published by Michael Faraday in 1834. Today the dissociation of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen is of importance for developing a clean hydrogen fuel alternative to the coal and hydrocarbon fuels, that are not environmentally friendly. It is therefore crucial to substantially improve the hydrogen production gain to dissociate water and thus do it at a substantially reduced energy fraction of the direct current electrical energy required for the electrolyzer method as shown by Faraday. Since then at least four different technologies show that such a goal has been achieved. They are: Resonant acoustic dissociation, resonant pulsed current dissociation, microwave dissociation and catalytic dissociation.