Breakthrough process to create green hydrogen from seawater unveiled

Torvex Energy has validated an innovative and ‘game-changing’ method of generating environmentally friendly hydrogen from seawater that does not produce oxygen gas. The proof of concept was established in collaboration with the Material Processing Institute.

Backed by an angel investor, Torvex Energy, an independent research and development company based in North East England, has spent several years refining the unique electrochemical process to ensure it generates green hydrogen of the highest purity and output. It is now seeking partners and is meeting with interested parties to progress from pilot project to commercial production.

Simple and sustainable

The simple and sustainable process is in sharp contrast to traditional electrolysis methods that result in toxic by-products, require a costly desalination process and result in rapid equipment corrosion – all of which have proved a significant barrier to increasing global hydrogen production. Torvex Energy, which has more than 30 years of experience in marine and chemical engineering, recognised the huge potential to revolutionise the efficiency and sustainability of green hydrogen production.


Generating directly from seawater

“Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is seawater, and our team has created an efficient and scalable means of generating hydrogen directly from this abundant natural resource,” said Rob Hutchinson, Director of Torvex Energy. “We are confident in the commercialisation opportunities for this breakthrough process and are ready to work with like-minded partners to take this exciting technology to the next stage. This could significantly accelerate the hydrogen economy, which is key to meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero pledge.”

Possible game changer

Dr. Richard Birley, Principal Researcher at the Materials Processing Institute’s Industrial Decarbonisation Group, added: “This could be a game changer for the large-scale competitive production of green hydrogen. The Institute is already playing a key role to develop hydrogen as a low-emission and sustainable energy source, and we are delighted to support this exciting development in green hydrogen.”

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