Hydrogen Generation

Hydrogen can be generated from :

  • Water – by electrolysis (commercial systems available), or directly using sunlight (R&D on water-splitting is being carried out but this is not yet commercial).
  • Natural gas (or coal bed methane) – by catalytic steam reforming, or catalytic partial oxidation (CPO)
  • Liquid fuels such as methanol, ethanol, distillates, diesel, gasoline etc. – by steam reforming or catalytic cracking
  • Solid fuels – biomass and coal, by gasification

LC Energy has been working in collaboration with QUT and others on developing advanced technologies (including steam reforming catalysts) for generating hydrogen from liquid and gaseous fuels. We also specified and commissioned the electrolyser plant at Griffith University, Queensland - Australia, that uses renewable energy from roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to generate hydrogen as a means of storing energy for the off-grid Sir Samuel Griffith Building.

Steam reformer

Flow chart of a steam reformer for generating hydrogen for fuel cell buses.

H2 Generator for buses

Skid-mounted hydrogen generator for fuel cell buses.

Griffith Univ electrolyser

(a) Electrolyser (200kW) and (b) hydrogen purification system installed at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

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