The present invention is an energy-producing device powered by a system for the continuous production of hydrogen comprising a reaction chamber containing reactant components under anaerobic conditions whereby hydrogen is continually produced when the reactant components react with one another. The device further comprises a fuel cell adjacent the reaction chamber wherein the hydrogen produced is to be used as fuel and is diffused into the fuel cell; the fuel cell has positive and negative electrodes to convert the hydrogen into energy. The present invention also includes a hydrogen-generating system for the continuous and sustained production of hydrogen.
 The invention was made with government support under contract no. DE-AC05-96OR22464 awarded by the United States Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation; and the government has certain rights in the invention.