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Electrolysis of water, an energy cost.

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 How much electrical energy via electrolysis would it take to create 1 litre of elemental hydrogen mixed with elemental oxygen, and how long would this take?
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by:craige1
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please state what type of anode and cathode would work best and iff poss some litrature or journals on this subject.
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1 litre of hydrogen at STP is 1/22.4 moles.
the heat of fusion of water is 1436 cal/mole, while the heat of fusion of H2 is 28 cal/mole and O2 is 106.3 cal/mole, the difference is 1355 cal/mole, but you probably won't recover the energy of the O2 recombining
65 cal = 269.5 joules
2/22.4 moles of electrons is 3356 coulombs or 3356 amp seconds
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Theoretical or practical?    

 There are considerable losses that are going to make the theoretical numbers kinda off the mark.

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