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New Earth-abundant Materials for Large-scale Solar Fuels Generation


Prabhakar, Rajiv Ramanujam; Cui, Wei; Tilley, S David (2018). New Earth-abundant Materials for Large-scale Solar Fuels Generation. CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 72(5):333-337.

Abstract

The solar resource is immense, but the power density of light striking the Earth's surface is relatively dilute, necessitating large area solar conversion devices in order to harvest substantial amounts of power for renewable energy applications. In addition, energy storage is a key challenge for intermittent renewable resources such as solar and wind, which adds significant cost to these energies. As the majority of humanity's present-day energy consumption is based on fuels, an ideal solution is to generate renewable fuels from abundant resources such as sunlight and water. In this account, we detail our recent work towards generating highly efficient and stable Earth-abundant semiconducting materials for solar water splitting to generate renewable hydrogen fuel.

Abstract

The solar resource is immense, but the power density of light striking the Earth's surface is relatively dilute, necessitating large area solar conversion devices in order to harvest substantial amounts of power for renewable energy applications. In addition, energy storage is a key challenge for intermittent renewable resources such as solar and wind, which adds significant cost to these energies. As the majority of humanity's present-day energy consumption is based on fuels, an ideal solution is to generate renewable fuels from abundant resources such as sunlight and water. In this account, we detail our recent work towards generating highly efficient and stable Earth-abundant semiconducting materials for solar water splitting to generate renewable hydrogen fuel.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
08 Research Priority Programs > Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:30 May 2018
Deposited On:07 Mar 2019 07:24
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:23
Publisher:Swiss Chemical Society
ISSN:0009-4293
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2018.333
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNFS
  • : Grant IDPYAPP2 160586
  • : Project TitleAP Energy Grant # PYAPP2 160586

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