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Electrolysis: Fuel Generation Using Electricity

Electrolysis is the electrochemical process that uses electricity to separate chemically bonded elements, possibly as a way of making fuel.

In an electrolysis device, a bath of the substance to be electrolized, in the form a solute or solvent, surrounds electrodes -- anode and cathode -- that are given different electrical potentials by being connected to a source of electrical power. The separated compounds or elements collect around the respective electrodes as anions and cations.

Electrolysis of water produces oxygen and hydrogen gases.