HONG KONG (PRWEB) February 09, 2018
Hong Kong based graphene material innovator, Surwon Technology, has demonstrated the use of graphene as a sustainable catalyst to successfully split water into the individual elements of hydrogen and oxygen. The breakthrough, whilst in its infancy, has given much encouragement as scientists continue to explore the prospects of hydrogen based fuel as a next-generation renewable energy source.
In separating water into its core elements, the electrochemical process is reliant on a low-cost catalyst in order to for potential of hydrogen to be realized as a cost efficient, environmentally friendly fuel.
Traditionally the catalyst used for the electrochemical process has employed the attributes of platinum. However, the use of platinum during the process creates a significant imbalance with cost price effi-ciencies due to the expense of platinum raw material.
By utilizing graphene at the atomic level, Surwon Technology believes a significant discovery has been made as hydrogen production costs have the potential to be dramatically reduced.
“The versatility of graphene enables us to combine multi-layered structures to maximize the overall surface area without restricting the conductive components required to efficiently lower charge-transfer resistance during the reaction stages of the hydrogen oxygen split,” commented Surwon Technology’s Chief Scientific Officer.
“Testing the multi-layered composite material has demonstrated a notable change in way electrons are distributed through the layers. Essentially, we have increased the active sites across the matrix to im-prove conditions for the binding of protons as hydrogen forms into an individual state.”
“In simple terms, the graphene component creates a catalyst that requires lower levels of energy to trigger electrocatalysis, translating into an increase of efficiency during the water splitting process,” continued Surwon Technology’s Chief Scientific Officer.
Surwon Technology will continue to explore their recent findings in collaboration with industry leaders who produce and store hydrogen energy by means of solar and wind powered sources.