Why not integrate technologies in hybrid solar devices to demonstrate advantages over conventional photovoltaic-electrolysis?

The synthesis of fuels using sunlight can be achieved by coupling well established photovoltaic (PV) panels with electrolysers. However, this approach makes poor use of the solar spectrum as it limits the utilisation of the full solar spectrum, in particular infrared light for commercial viability. We develop integrated hybrid technologies that enable full solar spectrum utilisation, spanning from the ultraviolet to the infrared, with the goal to demonstrate advantages over conventional PV-electrolyser technologies. We currently focus on thermal management to use heat to improve the efficiency of our devices, to establish novel device configuration for unique applications such as coupling water purification to solar fuel production or couple direct air capture with utilisation to show that atmospheric CO2 can be used for fuel production.

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