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Title: Solar-powered electrochemical energy storage: an alternative to solar fuels

Abstract

Because of the intermittent nature of solar radiation, being able to simultaneously convert and store solar energy is a significant advance for efficiently harnessing solar energy. Solar fuels have already been recognized as a promising method towards this goal and have attracted tremendous research interest recently. Alternatively, this goal can also be achieved by using the solar-powered electrochemical energy storage (SPEES) strategy, which integrates a photoelectrochemical cell and an electrochemical cell into a single device. The integrated device is able to harvest solar energy and store it in situ within the device via a photocharging process and also distribute the energy as electric power when needed. This essay reviews the past SPEES research and analyzes its future prospects with a special emphasis on chemical design and material choices. We hope that the article will help draw more research attention to this field and stimulate additional exciting investigations toward more efficient solar energy utilization.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Center for Electrical Energy Storage (CEES)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1391938
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488
Publisher:
Royal Society of Chemistry
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Citation Formats

Yu, Mingzhe, McCulloch, William D., Huang, Zhongjie, Trang, Brittany B., Lu, Jun, Amine, Khalil, and Wu, Yiying. Solar-powered electrochemical energy storage: an alternative to solar fuels. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1039/C5TA06950E.
Yu, Mingzhe, McCulloch, William D., Huang, Zhongjie, Trang, Brittany B., Lu, Jun, Amine, Khalil, & Wu, Yiying. Solar-powered electrochemical energy storage: an alternative to solar fuels. United States. doi:10.1039/C5TA06950E.
Yu, Mingzhe, McCulloch, William D., Huang, Zhongjie, Trang, Brittany B., Lu, Jun, Amine, Khalil, and Wu, Yiying. Fri . "Solar-powered electrochemical energy storage: an alternative to solar fuels". United States. doi:10.1039/C5TA06950E.
@article{osti_1391938,
title = {Solar-powered electrochemical energy storage: an alternative to solar fuels},
author = {Yu, Mingzhe and McCulloch, William D. and Huang, Zhongjie and Trang, Brittany B. and Lu, Jun and Amine, Khalil and Wu, Yiying},
abstractNote = {Because of the intermittent nature of solar radiation, being able to simultaneously convert and store solar energy is a significant advance for efficiently harnessing solar energy. Solar fuels have already been recognized as a promising method towards this goal and have attracted tremendous research interest recently. Alternatively, this goal can also be achieved by using the solar-powered electrochemical energy storage (SPEES) strategy, which integrates a photoelectrochemical cell and an electrochemical cell into a single device. The integrated device is able to harvest solar energy and store it in situ within the device via a photocharging process and also distribute the energy as electric power when needed. This essay reviews the past SPEES research and analyzes its future prospects with a special emphasis on chemical design and material choices. We hope that the article will help draw more research attention to this field and stimulate additional exciting investigations toward more efficient solar energy utilization.},
doi = {10.1039/C5TA06950E},
journal = {Journal of Materials Chemistry. A},
issn = {2050-7488},
number = 8,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {1}
}

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