Hybrid thermochemical hydrogen production
There exists a significant and growing need for clean, efficient, and large-scale hydrogen production. Using high temperature heat, thermochemical cycles can provide an energy-efficient route for hydrogen production. The Hybrid Sulfur process is a promising thermochemical watersplitting cycle with global-scale hydrogen production potential. The SO2-depolarized electrolyzer (SDE) is a critical component of the cycle. At the core of the electrolyzer is the membraneelectrode assembly, which
... embly, which consists of a solid electrolyte membrane sandwiched between two electrocatalyst layers. New electrocatalyst and membrane materials are being developed with the goals of improving the electrolyzer performance and extending the lifetime of the membrane-electrode assembly. A high-throughput methodology is being developed to screen potential candidates based on Pt and Au thin films prepared through physical vapor deposition. SO2 oxidation reaction kinetics are being analyzed for the novel catalysts and compared to the state-of-the-art, Pt/C. In addition, advanced polymer electrolyte membranes of polybenzimidazole (PBI) are utilized, which have shown superior performance in comparison to the state-of-the-art, Nafion®. These catalysts and membranes will be combined to produce high performance membrane-electrode assemblies. Awards and Recognition DOE-EERE CRADA awarded Intellectual Property Review This report has been reviewed by SRNL Legal Counsel for intellectual property considerations and is approved to be publicly published in its current form.