Modelling, experimentation and scaling of solar fuel processing devices
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 21 June 2018
Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) Imperial , Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Solar radiation is the most abundant energy source available, but it is distributed and intermittent, thereby necessitating its storage via conversion to a fuel (e.g., hydrogen or carbohydrates) for practical use. Solar thermo-chemical and photoelectrochemical approaches (and combinations thereof) provide viable routes for the direct synthesis of solar fuels. The former make use of (concentrated) solar radiation as the energy source of process heat to drive endothermic chemical reactions, while the latter use photon energy for charge generation to drive electrochemical reactions. Both approaches involve complex interactions between multimode heat transfer, multiphase flow, charge transfer and chemical reaction.