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Molybdenum Based Catalyst for Cheap Hydrogen Production

Mo ElectrolyzerSometimes when you’re working in a science lab doing research you come up with unexpected and undesired consequences. Yet every once in a blue moon those undesired consequences turn out to be quite desirable.

According to the press release, “Existing in large quantities on Earth, water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen. It can be broken down by applying an electrical current; this is the process known as electrolysis. To improve this particularly slow reaction, platinum is generally used as a catalyst. However, platinum is a particularly expensive material that has tripled in price over the last decade. Now EPFL scientists have shown that amorphous molybdenum sulphides, found abundantly, are efficient catalysts and hydrogen production cost can be significantly lowered.”

Scientists have been working for years to discover a cheap replacement for platinum in fuel cells (fuel cells run in reverse produce hydrogen). In fact, I’ve talked about platinum and platinum-free fuel cells for years now.

In order to make fuel cells affordable for use in cars and other vehicles and for electrolyzers that produce hydrogen as well, materials that replace platinum must be found. So far, some of the replacement materials being worked on include nanocrystals of Titanium Dioxide, doped carbon nanotubes and nickel and cobalt catalysts.

These are not the only platinum free fuel cells, however, as organic and other types of fuel cells and electrolyzers are being researched and developed now all with the intent of bringing down price. In the case of electrolyzers increasing output of hydrogen is also a major endeavor.

If the new molybdenum based catalyst can be refined and scaled up then renewable hydrogen production from sunlight or wind and water will be a reality in the short future. And this would greatly aid the introduction of hydrogen fueling stations and home hydrogen fueling stations on a massive scale worldwide.

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6 comments

  1. all that is pretty much wasted effort because we can now create hydrogen chemicaly with aluminum and if using recicable cans,it a lot cheaper and efficient than spin off from platinum and other sources. for the way that we will make hydrogen in the future………………..get back

  2. Michael C. Robinson

    http://www.chemguide.co.uk/inorganic/extraction/aluminium.html

    I think Molybdenum is around $30/ounce but I’m having trouble figuring out the environmental cost of acquiring this surprisingly effective catalyst.

    Aluminum smelters shut down when there are power shortages because of how much electricity it takes to smelt aluminum. Aluminum processing is highly toxic. Yes aluminum plus water equals hydrogen, but it looks like molybdenum is more environmentally friendly and possibly cheaper.

  3. Michael C. Robinson

    http://www.imoa.info/index.html

    Learn more about Molybdenum before making such comments.

    Molybdenum is a fascinating metal in my opinion. Molybdenum is more abundant than platinum, cheaper than platinum, and possibly easier to refine than aluminum with a minimal environmental impact.

  4. Zackary Holsinger

    Many thanks for posting this, It?s simply what I was researching for on bing. Cheap hydrogen production is necessary to move forward. We’ve been promised cheap fuel cels and cheap hydrogen for years though so I’m a little skeptical. I’m also a little hopeful that we are closer than weve ever been in achieving this goal.

  5. I also want to do my Ph.d research in this area.can you
    guide me please?

  6. admin

    That’s a pretty tall order. Where does one start with such a request?

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