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Process for the production of hydrogen from water

United States Patent

May 25, 2010
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A method and device for the production of hydrogen from water and electricity using an active metal alloy. The active metal alloy reacts with water producing hydrogen and a metal hydroxide. The metal hydroxide is consumed, restoring the active metal alloy, by applying a voltage between the active metal alloy and the metal hydroxide. As the process is sustainable, only water and electricity is required to sustain the reaction generating hydrogen.
Miller; William E. (Naperville, IL), Maroni; Victor A. (Naperville, IL), Willit; James L. (Batavia, IL)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
11/ 536,979
September 29, 2006
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38, between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the University of Chicago.