QuantumSphere, a manufacturer of nanoscale metals and alloys for applications in energy and other markets, is launching a research initiative to develop a low-cost, more efficient system for the electrolytic production of hydrogen from water.
QuantumSphere’s water electrolysis processes will alleviate the current dependence on platinum—used as electrodes in electrolysis units— by delivering 80% cheaper electrodes with increased surface area and activity while reducing the electrical potential that resists the water splitting process, according to the company.
Several companies are struggling to efficiently generate hydrogen by water electrolysis with poor results thus far as today’s processes use expensive platinum electrodes. The high cost of platinum leads to the use of electrodes that have a small surface area.
Our water electrolysis research will ultimately enable us to leverage the Company’s nanomaterials to produce cheap hydrogen using water and electricity. QuantumSphere’s electrodes use QSI-Nano metals and alloys that are ten times less expensive when compared to platinum, offering an orders-of-magnitude increase in surface area (due to nano-scale size) to provide low cost, energy-efficient processes and materials to generate hydrogen.—Dr. Douglas Carpenter, Chief Scientific Officer, QuantumSphere
QuantumSphere will announce the results of its research in Q4 2006 with performance data comparing its system to baseline experiments with platinum electrodes.