# Amperage for the electrolysis of water?

I am electrolysing water using several different potential catalysts for my eight grade science fair project. The electrolysis will be running at 2 to 2.5 volts over nickel electrodes, as I do not need a long term solution. How much amperage should I put on my DC power supply? Thanks and I would appreciate simplified answer compared to what you would normally give. Yes, I do understand ohms law.

Edit: I did some calculation and if I assume the resistance of the electrolyte is lets say 5 ohms, then we can assume a current of 0.5A at 2.5 volts. Is this correct?

• Not exactly. To use Ohms law on an electrolysis cell, you have to subtract the cell voltage. Only when you increase the voltage above that level, a current starts to flow.
– Karl
Sep 15 '19 at 17:36

So the main question one should ask is: What rate of electrolysis do I need? For example, you may want 200 mL of $$\ce{O2}$$ in 60 min. From here you calculate the charge Q needed to collect this volume of oxygen. Current is charge per unit time (3600 s) and this is your required current above the decomposition voltage of current. See second figure: http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/water/electrolysis.html