A simple method of hydrogen production through the decomposition of water subjected to UV radiation is presented. Water contained dissolved sodium hydroxide and the solution was saturated with carbon dioxide gas. During saturation, the pH value dropped from about 11.5 to 7-8. The produced bicarbonate and carbonate ions acted as scavengers for hydroxyl radicals, preventing recombination of hydroxyl and hydrogen radicals, and giving priority to the formation of hydrogen gas.
In the presented method, the production of hydrogen is combined with the utilization of carbon dioxide.