New electrolysis technology to make hydrogen gets public funding  

2008.12.16
The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme has given HIRC in Herning DKK 9.5m for development of 2nd generation alkaline hydrolysis technology
Twelve new energy technology projects have been chosen by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme to receive a total of DKK 50m (USD 9.1m) in state support. The largest portion – DKK 9.5m (USD 1.7m) – will go to the Hydrogen Innovation and Research Centre (HIRC) in Herning, Jutland, for development of 2nd generation alkaline hydrolysis technology.
 
Frans Bjørn-Thygesen, director of HIRC, told Ingeniøren: "It involves the development of a new generation of electrolysis equipment that is specifically designed to operate on electricity from wind turbines. Today's industrial electrolysis plants were not developed for hydrogen production as the first priority, in fact it was almost a by-product. By designing a new and better type that is specifically tailored to hydrogen production, we can reduce energy losses by a large amount and improve the durability of the electrodes."
 
Hydrogen production from the electrolysis of water provides a way of storing wind energy in the form of chemical energy. The energy stored in the hydrogen molecule's chemical bonds can be re-released using a fuel cell, which uses hydrogen (plus oxygen from the air) to regenerate the electricity and recreate the water that was used to produce the hydrogen in the first place.

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