Researchers Achieve Hydrogen Milestone
A significant achievement in the production of hydrogen from water using high-temperature electrolysis has been reported by researchers at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and Ceramatec, Inc. of Salt Lake City.
Instead of conventional electrolysis, which uses only electric current to separate hydrogen from water, high-temperature electrolysis enhances the efficiency of the process by adding substantial external heat–such as high-temperature steam from an advanced nuclear reactor system.
This development is viewed as a crucial first step toward large-scale production of hydrogen from water, rather than fossil fuels. Added benefits include the avoidance of both greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption.