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Prototype of a photoelektrochemical cell for hydrogen production.

The solar hydrogen production by photo-induced water splitting has a high potential to protect existing resources and to increase the share of renewable energies. The conversion of renewable energy into chemical energy in the form of hydrogen provides an efficient storage technology that can compensate fluctuations in energy production and energy consumption.

The department Sustainable Energy Technology is therefore pursuing the work with the following objectives:

  • Development of inexpensively manufacturable photoelectrochemically active surfaces for water splitting
  • Increase of light yield for the production of hydrogen by means of optimization of the surface morphology and the chemical composition of the surfaces
  • Development of cost-efficient and more effective components for the photocatalytic hydrogen production in the future
  • Development of plasmonic materials and dielectrics to form optical metamaterials (in collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Prof. Dr. Eich)