This project aims to increase the efficiency and lifespan of photo-electrochemical cells

Project Insights

  • €113,941

    Total Project Costs
  • 2 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2015

    Year Funded

Project Description

Photo-electrochemical cells (PECs) are used to split water into its constituent chemical elements, hydrogen and oxygen in a cheap and efficient way. Hydrogen is a portable, high-energy-density fuel, which can be used for generation of electricity or to power internal combustion engines where the only by-product is water. The problem with current cells is that the harsh chemical reaction quickly damages them and their operational lifetime is very short. The project aims to use the team's knowledge of materials studied for use as protective layers in semiconductor technology and apply it to PECs to maintain cell efficiency while increasing lifetime dramatically.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €113,941

Funding Agency: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Year Funded: 2015

Lead Organisation: Dublin City University (DCU)

Robert O'Connor

Lead Researcher