‘Green’ hydrogen: How photoelectrochemical water splitting may become competitive

Source: Science Daily

Sunlight can be used to produce green hydrogen directly from water in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. So far, most systems based on this ‘direct approach’ have not been energetically competitive. However, the balance changes as soon as some of the hydrogen in such PEC cells is used in-situ for a catalytic hydrogenation reaction, resulting in the co-production of chemicals used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The energy payback time of photoelectrochemical ‘green’ hydrogen production can be reduced dramatically, the study shows.