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Technological Advancements Enabling Saltwater Electrolysis for Hydrogen Production

  • Report
  • 43 Pages
  • December 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5712400

Stable Electrodes and Membrane-free Design Improve Process Viability

Water electrolysis using electrolyzers powered by renewable energy produces green hydrogen, considered the most sustainable hydrogen type. Conventional electrolyzers require high water purity for hydrogen production as the impurities and salt contents damage the electrode and other components of the electrolyzer cells. However, over 96.5% of naturally available water exists as brackish or salt water. Hence, with the increasing intensity of water scarcity worldwide, the requirement for pure water will likely become a major roadblock for green hydrogen production using conventional electrolyzers. Direct saltwater electrolysis technologies can produce hydrogen using salt water as an electrolyte for extended periods and, thus, likely to play an essential role in the future of green hydrogen.

In this study, the publisher analyzes:

  • Promising saltwater electrolysis technology approaches
  • Growth drivers and restraints for technology adoption
  • Stakeholders developing innovative solutions
  • Global patent landscape, leading patent owners/applicants, and research areas
  • Commercialization opportunities

Table of Contents

1. Strategic Imperatives

  • Why Is It Increasingly Difficult to Grow? The Strategic Imperative 8™: Factors Creating Pressure on Growth
  • The Strategic Imperative 8™
  • The Impact of the Top 3 Strategic Imperatives on the Direct Saltwater Electrolysis Industry
  • Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine™
  • Research Methodology

2. Growth Opportunity Analysis

  • Scope of Analysis
  • Segmentation
  • Growth Drivers
  • Growth Restraints

3. Technology Analysis

  • Direct Saltwater Electrolysis Advantages and Challenges
  • Technology Introduction
  • Electrochemical Cell with Forward Osmosis Enables Efficient and Stable Direct Saltwater Electrolysis
  • Hybrid Electrolyzer with Hydrazine Allows Energy-efficient Direct Saltwater Electrolysis
  • The Working Mechanism of a Hybrid Electrolyzer
  • Inbuilt Corrosion Resistance Enables Anode to Withstand Saltwater Electrolysis
  • Membrane-free Design for Cost-competitive Direct Seawater Electrolysis

4. Companies to Watch

  • Batch Electrolysis for Cost-efficient Hydrogen Production
  • Membrane-free Design Enables Direct Seawater Electrolysis
  • Technology Integration Enables Hydrogen Production from Saltwater
  • PEM Electrolysis with Desalination Enables Offshore Hydrogen Production

5. IP Analysis

  • The Direct Saltwater Electrolysis Patent Landscape

6. Growth Opportunity Universe

  • Growth Opportunity 1: Development of Modular and Energy-efficient Direct Seawater Electrolysis to Power the Maritime Industry
  • Growth Opportunity 2: Integrating Direct Saltwater Electrolysis with Offshore Wind
  • Growth Opportunity 3: Technology Convergence to Address a Multitude of Challenges in Direct Saltwater Electrolysis

7. Appendix

  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRL): Explanation

8. Next Steps

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