Electrolysis is the process of using electricity (Direct Current) to cause a chemical reaction. The three main components required for this process are the electrodes, electrolytes and a power source. Electrodes are conductors that connect to terminals on a battery, where electricity will enter the electrolyte. It's typically made out of materials that won’t react to the electrolyte solution, like graphite.
Electrolytes are just solutions that can conduct electricity, like salt water. The power source can be a battery or from the electrical grid, but it must be in Direct Current. Electrolysis has multiple industrial uses, ranging from production of chlorine, to purifying ores and electroplating metals.
Working with electricity and liquids is never a good idea, especially if it also involves conductive metals. Electrolysis is a process fraught with risk, the electrolytes can release toxic fumes along with volatile gases, and electricity can shock anyone who is not careful. Insurance can help. We recommend commercial general liability insurance and professional liability insurance. Commercial general liability insurance will cover the legal fees and compensation associated with physical damage. For example, if the electrolyte solution splashed out and ruined the flooring, it would be covered. Professional liability insurance will cover legal fees and compensation associates with negligent occupational errors. For instance, a technician ruined a batch of gold plated metals, professional liability insurance would cover it. Insurance is always a good idea, a paramount safety net should any unforeseen events happen. Protect you and your business with insurance.
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