Hydrogen


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HHYDROGEN GENERATION BY ELECTROLYSIS

The electrolyzer is the core component of Hydrogenics’

proprietary hydrogen generation technology. This is the

component that takes water as a feed stock and, using into its

constituent parts….hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2). In most

cases the hydrogen is the desired product that is captured and

stored (or used directly) while the oxygen is vented to the

atmosphere.

Hydrogenics is commercially developing and manufacturing two

different types of electrolysis technologies and products –

alkaline electrolysis and proton exchange membrane (PEM)

electrolysis. What differentiates these two technologies is the

electrolyte that enables the electrolytic reaction that splits the

water into hydrogen and oxygen. Whichever technology is

used the basic electrolytic process remains the same:

While there are many cases where it does not make sense to

use the available electricity to make hydrogen in order to make

more electricity, there are many instances where it does make

sense. It boils down to more of an economic argument than a

scientific argument that requires some understanding of off-

peak power availabilities as well as how to optimize renewable

energy sources such as wind and solar power. Today, wind and

solar power are stationary intermittent energy sources, limited

by the hours in which they can actually generate power that

has to be used ‘there and then’, or be lost. Hydrogen by

electrolysis becomes a ‘dispatchable’ energy option that allows

later use of power that has been previously harnessed by the

wind or the sun.

Read here if you are interested in understanding hydrogen

further.

Armani Consulting Corp