Novel Electrolytic Production of Hydrogen


Reference #: 00482

Invention Description:

The hydrogen economy is viewed by many as the world's long-term solution to our energy needs. An example of how hydrogen would be used in this new economy is via proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. PEM fuel cells operating on pure hydrogen have excellent energy and power capabilities. However, producing pure hydrogen from water using electrolysis is not economical. This invention involves a new process for combining electrolysis and thermal chemistry to economically produce hydrogen.

Advantages and Benefits:

The current production of hydrogen through electrolysis is prohibitively expensive. By using this technology, hydrogen may be produced and greatly reduce the capitol cost of the electrolyzer, which is the most significant cost of the process.

Potential Applications:

This novel process is for the production of hydrogen which may then be used in numerous applications including PEM fuel cells.

Future Development:

This process is in an elemental stage. Additional work will be done to determine the optimal steps in this novel process for maximum hydrogen production.


Studies will be conducted to evaluate the process and analyze the data. The prototype is being built.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Production of Low Temperature Electrolytic Hydrogen PCT United States PCT/US2006/013558 4/12/2006      
Production of Low Temperature Electrolytic Hydrogen Nationalized PCT United States 11/911,116 9,057,136 10/10/2007 6/16/2015    
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
John Weidner
Charles Holland
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