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A source of renewable hydrogen could revolutionise energy storage

Project Insights

  • €43,654

    Total Project Costs
  • 1 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2016

    Year Funded

Project Description

A source of renewable hydrogen could revolutionise energy storage and minimise the impact of declining fossil fuel reserves on the global economy. Sunlight can be used to split water and harvest the hydrogen from the water molecule with a simple cheap catalyst material. Recent work carried out by DCU has shown that lithium vanadate (LiVO3) has very promising material properties for use as a water splitting catalyst and works at a commercial viable efficiency and displays moderate stability. This innovative project intends to carry out research to optimise the material properties of LiVO3 and identify a protective layer which inhibits the degradation of the catalyst material during water splitting.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €43,654

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2016

Lead Organisation: Dublin City University

Partner Organisation(s): N/A

Dr. Robert O'Connor

Lead Researcher

Expertise: Materials science; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; Solar water splitting; Interface chemistry; Semiconductor physics;

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