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Title: Self-sustainable protonic ceramic electrochemical cells using a triple conducting electrode for hydrogen and power production

Abstract

The protonic ceramic electrochemical cell (PCEC) is an emerging and attractive technology that converts energy between power and hydrogen using solid oxide proton conductors at intermediate temperatures. To achieve efficient electrochemical hydrogen and power production with stable operation, highly robust and durable electrodes are urgently desired to facilitate water oxidation and oxygen reduction reactions, which are the critical steps for both electrolysis and fuel cell operation, especially at reduced temperatures. In this study, a triple conducting oxide of PrNi 0.5Co 0.5O 3-δ perovskite is developed as an oxygen electrode, presenting superior electrochemical performance at 400-600°C. More importantly, the self-sustainable and reversible operation is successfully demonstrated by converting the generated hydrogen in electrolysis mode to electricity without any hydrogen addition. The excellent electrocatalytic activity is attributed to the considerable proton conduction, as confirmed by hydrogen permeation experiment, remarkable hydration behavior and computations.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [3];  [4];  [4]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  2. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
  3. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM (United States)
  4. Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)
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Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1618272
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU-18-52078-Rev001
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
08 - HYDROGEN; hydrogen production, electrochemical cell, proton conduction

Citation Formats

Ding, Hanping, Wu, Wei, Jiang, Chao, Ding, Yong, Bian, Wenjuan, Hu, Boxun, Singh, Prabhakar, Orme, Christopher J., Wang, Lucun, Zhang, Yunya, and Ding, Dong. Self-sustainable protonic ceramic electrochemical cells using a triple conducting electrode for hydrogen and power production. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15677-z.
Ding, Hanping, Wu, Wei, Jiang, Chao, Ding, Yong, Bian, Wenjuan, Hu, Boxun, Singh, Prabhakar, Orme, Christopher J., Wang, Lucun, Zhang, Yunya, & Ding, Dong. Self-sustainable protonic ceramic electrochemical cells using a triple conducting electrode for hydrogen and power production. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15677-z.
Ding, Hanping, Wu, Wei, Jiang, Chao, Ding, Yong, Bian, Wenjuan, Hu, Boxun, Singh, Prabhakar, Orme, Christopher J., Wang, Lucun, Zhang, Yunya, and Ding, Dong. Mon . "Self-sustainable protonic ceramic electrochemical cells using a triple conducting electrode for hydrogen and power production". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15677-z. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1618272.
@article{osti_1618272,
title = {Self-sustainable protonic ceramic electrochemical cells using a triple conducting electrode for hydrogen and power production},
author = {Ding, Hanping and Wu, Wei and Jiang, Chao and Ding, Yong and Bian, Wenjuan and Hu, Boxun and Singh, Prabhakar and Orme, Christopher J. and Wang, Lucun and Zhang, Yunya and Ding, Dong},
abstractNote = {The protonic ceramic electrochemical cell (PCEC) is an emerging and attractive technology that converts energy between power and hydrogen using solid oxide proton conductors at intermediate temperatures. To achieve efficient electrochemical hydrogen and power production with stable operation, highly robust and durable electrodes are urgently desired to facilitate water oxidation and oxygen reduction reactions, which are the critical steps for both electrolysis and fuel cell operation, especially at reduced temperatures. In this study, a triple conducting oxide of PrNi0.5Co0.5O3-δ perovskite is developed as an oxygen electrode, presenting superior electrochemical performance at 400-600°C. More importantly, the self-sustainable and reversible operation is successfully demonstrated by converting the generated hydrogen in electrolysis mode to electricity without any hydrogen addition. The excellent electrocatalytic activity is attributed to the considerable proton conduction, as confirmed by hydrogen permeation experiment, remarkable hydration behavior and computations.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-020-15677-z},
journal = {Nature Communications},
issn = {2041-1723},
number = 1,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {4}
}

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