Research being led by GNS Science is hoping to make green hydrogen a viable replacement for fossil fuels in a range of applications in New Zealand.
The goal of the project is to make green hydrogen affordable and more widely adopted as a viable energy carrier and fuel.
Project researchers hope to achieve their goal by increasing the efficiency of the catalytic process used in splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen.
John Kennedy, Leader of the GNS Science project, said, “We see green hydrogen playing an important role in New Zealand’s low-carbon future.”
“Currently electrolysis used in green hydrogen production relies on noble metals such as platinum which are rare, expensive, and suffer from inefficiencies.”
“This drives up the cost of green hydrogen relative to fossil fuels. This project will work at the molecular level to design and build novel catalyst materials with surface properties that render them highly efficient as catalysts for producing hydrogen.”
“As well as helping to significantly lower the cost of hydrogen production, this project is also aiming to encourage the development of new domestic and export markets for hydrogen,” Kennedy added.
The project will also work to identify and tackle the social barriers that could hinder the public acceptance of green hydrogen as a fuel.