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Modeling, simulation, and design criteria for photoelectrochemical water-splitting systems

Haussener, Sophia and Xiang, Chengxiang and Spurgeon, Joshua M. and Ardo, Shane and Lewis, Nathan S. and Weber, Adam Z. (2012) Modeling, simulation, and design criteria for photoelectrochemical water-splitting systems. Energy and Environmental Science, 5 (12). pp. 9922-9935. ISSN 1754-5692. doi:10.1039/c2ee23187e.

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A validated multi-physics numerical model that accounts for charge and species conservation, fluid flow, and electrochemical processes has been used to analyze the performance of solar-driven photoelectrochemical water-splitting systems. The modeling has provided an in-depth analysis of conceptual designs, proof-of-concepts, feasibility investigations, and quantification of performance. The modeling has led to the formulation of design guidelines at the system and component levels, and has identified quantifiable gaps that warrant further research effort at the component level. The two characteristic generic types of photoelectrochemical systems that were analyzed utilized: (i) side-by-side photoelectrodes and (ii) back-to-back photoelectrodes. In these designs, small electrode dimensions (mm to cm range) and large electrolyte heights were required to produce small overall resistive losses in the system. Additionally, thick, non-permeable separators were required to achieve acceptably low rates of product crossover.

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Haussener, Sophia0000-0002-3044-1662
Xiang, Chengxiang0000-0002-1698-6754
Spurgeon, Joshua M.0000-0002-2987-0865
Ardo, Shane0000-0001-7162-6826
Lewis, Nathan S.0000-0001-5245-0538
Weber, Adam Z.0000-0002-7749-1624
Additional Information:© 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 15th August 2012, Accepted 28th September 2012. First published on the web 01 Oct 2012. We acknowledge the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, supported through the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under award number DE-SC0004993. S.A. acknowledges support from a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Award under the EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Program. We thank Sivagaminathan Balasubramanian for fruitful discussions.
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