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Green Hydrogen Production Using Dutch Electrolyser : Developed by EIRES

Here’s an article in Innovation News Network about the electrolysis advancements unveiled by EIRES.

According to the article,

Top management consulting experts for Bio-energy, EV, Solar, Green Hydrogen

  • The formation of gaseous bubbles during electrolysis affects the efficiency of green hydrogen production.
  • Researchers are focusing on reducing bubble formation to improve the efficiency of the electrolysis process.
  • The Dutch Electrolyser, developed by EIRES, aims to improve the efficiency of green hydrogen production by addressing the challenges associated with bubble formation.

The process of producing green hydrogen through water electrolysis involves several key steps and challenges:

  1. Electrolysis Setup: In a typical electrolysis setup, two conductive electrodes are immersed in an electrolyte solution, which is typically water. The electrodes are connected to an external power source, such as a renewable energy generator, and a voltage is applied across them.
  2. Electrolysis Reaction: When the voltage is applied, the water molecules (H2O) undergo electrolysis, breaking down into hydrogen (H2) gas and oxygen (O2) gas. This occurs at the cathode and anode, respectively:
    • Cathode reaction: 2H2O + 2e- → H2 + 2OH-
    • Anode reaction: 2H2O → O2 + 4H+ + 4e-
  3. Bubble Formation: As the electrolysis reaction proceeds, hydrogen and oxygen gas bubbles form at the cathode and anode, respectively. These bubbles are crucial for the separation of the produced gases from the electrolyte solution.
  4. Efficiency Challenges: One of the main challenges in water electrolysis for green hydrogen production is improving efficiency. This includes optimizing the electrolysis process to minimize energy losses and maximize hydrogen production.
  5. Material Selection: Another challenge lies in the materials used for the electrodes and catalysts. Traditional materials such as platinum and iridium oxide are expensive and relatively rare. Research efforts are focused on developing cost-effective alternatives to these materials.
  6. Bubble Dynamics: The behavior of the gas bubbles formed during electrolysis plays a significant role in the efficiency of the process. Factors such as bubble size, formation, movement, and coalescence influence the overall performance of the electrolyzer.
  7. Experimental Challenges: Studying bubble dynamics in real-time during electrolysis poses significant experimental challenges. Optical methods are often ineffective due to the small size and large number of bubbles produced.
  8. Research Approach: Researchers use a combination of experimental setups with simplified systems and simulations based on physical and chemical models to study bubble behavior. Collaborations between different disciplines, such as mechanical engineering and chemical engineering, are essential for advancing our understanding of electrolysis processes.
  9. Technological Innovations: Innovations such as micro-CT imaging technology are being explored to visualize and study bubble dynamics in electrolysis systems.
  10. Real-world Applications: Green hydrogen production via electrolysis is not just a future concept but is already relevant today, especially in industrial processes such as producing caustic soda and chlorine. By using renewable energy sources to power these processes, green hydrogen can be produced efficiently and sustainably.

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