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Practical challenges in the development of photoelectrochemical solar fuels production

Spitler, Mark T. and Modestino, Miguel A. and Deutsch, Todd G. and Xiang, Chengxiang X. and Durrant, James R. and Esposito, Daniel V. and Haussener, Sophia and Maldonado, Stephen and Sharp, Ian D. and Parkinson, Bruce A. and Ginley, David S. and Houle, Frances A. and Hannappel, Thomas and Neale, Nathan R. and Nocera, Daniel G. and McIntyre, Paul C. (2020) Practical challenges in the development of photoelectrochemical solar fuels production. Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 4 (3). pp. 985-995. ISSN 2398-4902. doi:10.1039/c9se00869a.

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This article addresses the challenges presented by photoelectrochemical solar fuels technology in a discussion that begins with a functioning device and proceeds to the more fundamental science of its component parts. In this flow of discussion issues are addressed that frame the discussion for the next, increasingly more fundamental topic. The analysis begins with a discussion of the need for an analytical facility for confirmation of reported efficiencies of solar fuels device prototypes and then progressively narrows its scope to prototype design, the discovery of novel materials and the design of durable interfacial structures for fuels evolution. Molecular hydrogen will be considered first as the target fuel since many of the challenges with hydrogen production are general and applicable to the more complex CO₂ reduction, which will be treated as a supplementary subject.

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Additional Information:© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2020. The article was received on 27 Sep 2019, accepted on 24 Nov 2019 and first published on 04 Dec 2019. This perspective derives from a Workshop on the “Practical Challenges in the Development of Photoelectrochemical Solar Fuels Production” held on August 13, 2018 in conjunction with the Gerischer Electrochemistry Today Symposium in Boulder, Colorado, August 14–16, 2018. The authors acknowledge the generous support of this workshop by the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at CU Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). All authors contributed equally to this work, with the sequence of the authors reflecting the order of their contribution in the text. There are no conflicts to declare.
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