I’ve talked about high temperature cracking of water to create hydrogen before. I’ve also talked about adding a catalyst such as aluminum or magnesium to aid the cracking of water into hydrogen.
Now a Japanese company, FUKAI Environmental Research Institute has found a way to do both and do so at low cost. According to the company, “This newly developed technology generates hydrogen by adding aluminum or magnesium to what is known as ‘functional water’ in the boiling state. The amount of hydrogen generated is 2.0L per 1g of aluminum or 3.3L per 1g of magnesium.
“Thanks to this technology, it is possible to generate the amount of hydrogen required to generate 1kWh of electricity for a cost of merely 18 cents or so, the world’s lowest cost.”
The functional water and functional water generation units are proprietary to the FUKAI Environmental Research Institute, but they say they can use regular city water as a feedstock to produce hydrogen.
If the claims turn out to be as stated, then this will offer not only a solution for creating low cost hydrogen, but creating it on demand as well.