Sodium borohydride hydrolysis as hydrogen generator: Issues, state of the art and applicability upstream froma fuel cell

U. B. Demirci, O. Akdim, J. Andrieux, J. Hannauer, R. Chamoun, P. Miele

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Today there is a consensus regarding the potential of NaBH4 as a good candidate for hydrogen storage and release via hydrolysis reaction, especially for mobile, portable and niche applications. However as gone through in the present paper two main issues, which are the most investigated throughout the open literature, still avoid NaBH4 to be competitive. The first one is water handling. The second one is the catalytic material used to accelerate the hydrolysis reaction. Both issues are objects of great attentions as it can be noticed throughout the open literature. This review presents and discusses the various strategies which were considered until now by many studies to manage water and to improve catalysts performances (reactivity and durability). Published studies show real improvements and much more efforts might lead to significant overhangs. Nevertheless, the results show that we are still far from envisaging short-term commercialisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-350
Number of pages16
JournalFuel Cells
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010



  • Fuel cell
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Sodium borohydride
  • Sodium tetrahydroborate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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