Green Guide: Hydrogen Fuel Production
Accelerating Hydrogen Fuel Production
The cost of producing hydrogen may go down thanks to work done by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; mit.edu) who have developed a compound catalyst able to split oxygen atoms from water molecules (remember: water is H2O) up to 10x faster than current methods. This catalyst, which is composed of cobalt, iron, oxygen, and various metals, could help pave the way for more affordable hydrogen fuel.
The catalyst’s high level of activity was determined from a systematic experiment that studied the catalytic activity of 10 known compounds, including iridium oxide, which was pre-viously the best known catalyst for hydrogen fuel production.
Faster hydrogen production means greater supply, which could consequently drive the cost down for the element.