North-West University
Overview of innovation

The North-West University (NWU) has developed and patented a method for producing hydrogen via hydrolysis, using an activated aluminium compound. 

Technology Benefits:

  • Aluminum also can be recycled after the hydrogen production process.
  • Hydrogen can be produced under high pressure.
  • By-products are not toxic.
  • Any type of water can be used for hydrogen production without purification.
  • Hydrogen is produced of a high purity.

The HYSA Infrastructure Centre of Competence at NWU focuses on the research and development of hydrogen technologies, which can be implemented for energy solutions.

Type of Intellectual Property protection
Innovation Opportunity Type
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Renewable Energy
Green Energy
Clean Technologies
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 3 – Proof of concept created
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