Company focusing on developing inexpensive catalysts for PEM electrolyzers
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — NewHydrogen, Inc. (OTC:NEWH), a developer of clean energy technologies, today provided an important update on the progress of its green hydrogen technology development under a sponsored research agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The company’s sponsored research program at UCLA is currently focused on replacing iridium, a precious metal found only in asteroids, with earth-abundant materials that meet or exceed the performance characteristics of iridium. The objective is to develop inexpensive and robust materials with an outstanding ability to catalyze the electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER) while achieving overall high-performance water electrolysis for hydrogen production. The company previously reported that a baseline non-precious metal-based OER catalyst was selected and successfully synthesized upon adjusting its physical parameters and conditions to exhibit the best material characteristics.
The researchers have recently created a non-precious metal-based catalyst that demonstrated significant improvement of OER in acidic conditions by substituting part of the existing metal element in the aforementioned catalyst material structure. Though the intrinsic activity and OER kinetics of the new catalyst may be somewhat lower than those of precious metal-based catalysts, its low cost and high durability make it a good candidate for the commercial water electrolysis systems operating at high current densities. The researchers plan on scaling up the process for studies in electrolyzers in a later phase. Eventually, a fully functional hydrogen-producing electrolyzer will serve as a reference prototype to help electrolyzer manufacturers worldwide to assess NewHydrogen’s breakthrough technology to produce low-cost green hydrogen.
“We are very pleased to see the exciting progress being made in our green hydrogen program at UCLA,” said Dr. David Lee, CEO of NewHydrogen. “We have great confidence in Dr. Huang and her team, and plan on further extending the OER side of the sponsored research program beyond the current term.”
About NewHydrogen, Inc.
NewHydrogen, Inc. is focused on developing a breakthrough electrolyzer technology to lower the cost of green hydrogen production. Hydrogen is the cleanest and most abundant fuel in the universe. It is zero-emission and only produces water vapor when used. However, hydrogen does not exist in its pure form on Earth so it must be extracted. For centuries, scientists have known how to use electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using a device called an electrolyzer. Electrolyzers installed behind a solar farm or wind farm can use renewable electricity to split water, thereby producing green hydrogen. Unfortunately, electrolyzers are expensive and rely on rare earth materials such as platinum and iridium. These very expensive materials account for nearly 50% of the cost of electrolyzers. The company’s technology is aimed at significantly reducing or replacing rare earth materials in electrolyzers with inexpensive earth-abundant materials to help usher in a green hydrogen economy that Goldman Sachs estimates will be worth $12 trillion by 2050.
To learn more about the company, please visit https://www.NewHydrogen.com.