In connection with fuel cells, I just wanted to share these new R&D breakthroughs on hydrogen production.
The green blog mentioned this week about producing hydrogen using sewage feedstock but according to researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Ontario, Canada-based Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM), you can also extract pure hydrogen from the hydrogen sulfide that naturally contaminates unrefined oil including oil sands.
Their innovative molten copper reactor not only extracts pure hydrogen, the researchers said, but it also produces another valuable chemical, concentrated sulfuric acid, which has become a high-priced commodity in the agriculture sector.
If somebody wants a biotech-based hydrogen production, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) might soon find a way to produce hydrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria. USDA scientists said they have developed a way to identify strains of these bacteria that produce hydrogen gas.
For now, making the current hydrogen production system more efficient is what California-based QuantumSphere is offering. Electrodes coated with the company's Nano NiFe catalysts can reportedly accelerate the production of clean hydrogen in electrolysis systems by 300 times. The company said production of hydrogen through electrolysis had been hindered by high-cost catalysts and low efficiency.