A variety of ionic liquids has been tested for its catalytic effect on the dehydrogenation of ethylene diamine bisborane (EDB). The catalytic activity of ionic liquids, such as 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium chloride ([BMMIM]Cl), 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium acetate ([BMMIM][OAc]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([BMIM][OAc]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfonate ([BMIM][OMs]) is compared and the mixture [BMMIM]Cl/EDB was investigated. This system is able to deliver about 6.5 wt% of hydrogen at 140 degrees C competing with conventional hydrogen storage pressure tanks. The correlation between polarity of the ILs and hydrogen yield was investigated and the suitability for hydrogen storage systems is evaluated and discussed. Copyright (C) 2013, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.