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Electrolysis

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Electrolysis refers to the broad range of chemical reactions that are electronically-driven.

It is best exemplified by the electrolytic cell which uses cathodes and a liquid electrolyte to drive non-spontaneous reduction-oxidation (redox) reactions.

Overview

Researchers have uncovered numerous high-value forms of electrolysis, including the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Hiden Analytical has developed a wide range of intuitive dissolved species analysis (DSA) and mass spectrometry instruments suitable for electrolysis studies. We aim to deliver solutions that resolve long-established challenges in hydrogen generation, such as the plotting of mass spectrometry responses according to key electrical factors.

Hydrogen Generation by Electrolysis

Generating and transporting hydrogen is both expensive and labour-intensive. It is typically formed by atmospheric condensation at large facilities, then transported in highly pressurized cryogenic tanks. Interest in hydrogen fuel has been growing for decades, owing to its relative abundance and green credentials. Yet distributing it via LNG tankers is time-consuming, demanding specialised heavy-duty vehicles, and pumping the gas is extremely difficult due to its incredibly low weight. 

Developing novel electrolysis stations that generate hydrogen from water vapour on-site would break down the challenging distribution chain of hydrogen fuels to the local level. This would eliminate safety concerns and dramatically reduce costs, making hydrogen an economically viable alternative to combustion fuels. Researchers are attempting to realise this vision through concerted research into high-efficiency electrolysis at scale.

At Hiden Analytical, we are supporting this research push by providing precision products for the electrolysis workflow. This includes a suite of software solutions suitable for relating changes in hydrogen evolution to specific electrical factors. Contact us today if you would like to learn more.