Pathways to electrochemical solar-hydrogen technologies

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  • Author: Ardo, Shane

    University of California at Irvine, United States

  • Author: Fernandez Rivas, David

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Modestino, Miguel A.

    New York University, United States

  • Author: Schulze Greiving, Verena

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Abdi, Fatwa F.

    Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany

  • Author: Alarcon Llado, Esther

    AMOLF, Netherlands

  • Author: Artero, Vincent

    Universite Grenoble Alpes, France

  • Author: Ayers, Katherine E.

    Proton OnSite, Inc., United States

  • Author: Battaglia, Corsin

    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland

  • Author: Becker, Jan Philipp

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany

  • Author: Bederak, Dmytro

    University of Groningen, Netherlands

  • Author: Berger, Alan

    Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., United States

  • Author: Buda, Francesco

    Leiden University, Netherlands

  • Author: Chinello, Enrico

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Author: Dam, Bernard

    Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

  • Author: Di Palma, Valerio

    Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

  • Author: Edvinsson, Tomas

    Uppsala University, Sweden

  • Author: Fujii, Katsushi

    University of Kitakyushu, Japan

  • Author: Gardeniers, Han (J.G.E.)

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Geerlings, Hans

    Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

  • Author: Hashemi, Seyed Mohammad Bagher

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Author: Haussener, Sophia

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Author: Houle, Frances

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States

  • Author: Huskens, Jurriaan

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: James, Brian D.

    Strategic Analysis, Inc., United States

  • Author: Konrad, Kornelia

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Kudo, Akihiko

    Tokyo University of Science, Japan

  • Author: Kunturu, Pramod Patil

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Lohse, Detlef

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Mei, Bastian Timo

    University of Twente, Netherlands

  • Author: Miller, Eric L.

    U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program, United States

  • Author: Moore, Gary F.

    Arizona State University, United States

  • Author: Muller, Jiri

    Institute for Energy Technology, Norway

  • Author: Orchard, Katherine L.

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Author: Rosser, Timothy E.

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Author: Saadi, Fadl H.

    California Institute of Technology, United States

  • Author: Schüttauf, Jan Willem

    Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, Switzerland

  • Author: Seger, Brian

    Experimental Surface and Nanomaterials Physics, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Sheehan, Stafford W.

    Catalytic Innovations, LLC, United States

  • Author: Smith, Wilson A.

    Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

  • Author: Spurgeon, Joshua

    University of Louisville, United States

  • Author: Tang, Maureen H.

    Drexel University, United States

  • Author: van de Krol, Roel

    Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany

  • Author: Vesborg, Peter Christian Kjærgaard

    Experimental Surface and Nanomaterials Physics, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Westerik, Pieter

    University of Twente, Netherlands

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Solar-powered electrochemical production of hydrogen through water electrolysis is an active and important research endeavor. However, technologies and roadmaps for implementation of this process do not exist. In this perspective paper, we describe potential pathways for solar-hydrogen technologies into the marketplace in the form of photoelectrochemical or photovoltaic-driven electrolysis devices and systems. We detail technical approaches for device and system architectures, economic drivers, societal perceptions, political impacts, technological challenges, and research opportunities. Implementation scenarios are broken down into short-term and long-term markets, and a specific technology roadmap is defined. In the short term, the only plausible economical option will be photovoltaic-driven electrolysis systems for niche applications. In the long term, electrochemical solar-hydrogen technologies could be deployed more broadly in energy markets but will require advances in the technology, significant cost reductions, and/or policy changes. Ultimately, a transition to a society that significantly relies on solar-hydrogen technologies will benefit from continued creativity and influence from the scientific community.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy & Environmental Science
Volume11
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)2768-2783
Number of pages16
ISSN1754-5692
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
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