Efficient electrodes for sea water electrolysis

December 13th, 2021

R&D Focus Areas:

Lead Organisation:
Monash University

Woodside Energy


Start date:
July 2020

Completion date:
July 2023

Key contacts:
Dr. Alexandr Simonov: Alexandr.Simonov@monash.edu
Professor D. R. Macfarlane: douglas.macfarlane@monash.edu

Woodside Monash Energy Partnership

Project total cost:
Not applicable

Project summary description:
Sea water is the only feasible substrate for large-scale green hydrogen production through electrolysis, but the majority of existing low-temperature (<100°C) electrolyser devices cannot use sea water directly. The present project will focus on the development of an electrolyser system capable of splitting purified sea water to hydrogen and oxygen, with a specific emphasis on the development of electrocatalysts. Specific focus will be on the durability of new materials and overall system in an intermittent mode of operation to enable efficient coupling to the renewable energy sources.

Related publications and key links:
Not applicable

Higher degree studies supported:
One PhD student and one Research Fellow is supported.


Reviewed: December 2022