QUT chemistry researchers have discovered cheaper and more efficient materials for producing hydrogen for the storage of renewable energy that could replace current water-splitting catalysts.
Why it matters
The potential for the chemical storage of renewable energy in the form of hydrogen is being investigated around the world. Hydrogen offers a way to store clean energy at the scale required to make the roll-out of large-scale solar and wind farms and the export of green energy viable. The Australian Government is interested in developing a hydrogen export industry to export our abundant renewable energy.
Current methods of producing hydrogen use carbon sources which emit carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that mitigates the benefits of using renewable energy from the sun and wind.
- feed fuel cell-generated electricity back into the grid when required during peak demand
- power our transportation system with the only emission being water.
QUT project team
- Professor Anthony O’Mullane
- PhD student Ummul Sultana
- Publication: Gold Doping in a Layered Co-Ni Hydroxide System via Galvanic Replacement for Overall Electrochemical, Advanced Functional Materials