Whither solar fuels?

James A. Trainham, John Newman, Christopher A. Bonino, Paul G. Hoertz, Nandita Akunuri

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Solar fuels are a long-term permanent solution to renewable fuel technologies to reduce foreign oil imports and carbon dioxide emissions. Although promising in laboratory and pilot scale, they possess inherent technical and economic challenges that hinder large-scale implementation. This work examines critical issues for four solar fuel technologies: solar-powered electrolysis, photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems, solar biomass gasification, and solar thermochemical cycles. Also identified are areas of chemical and materials engineering research that are essential to cost-competitive solar fuels production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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