Photovoltaics to Fuels Technology
The Photovoltaics to Fuels Technology (PVFT) Group focuses on developing device concepts that integrate photovoltaic devices with electrolysers for the purpose of generating fuels such as hydrogen from solar energy. Specific emphasis is placed on integrating existing photovoltaic and electrolyser technologies to develop devices that are attractive for sustainable energy generation, conversion and storage systems of the future. Our research is thus guided by the techno-economic demands on commercially relevant photovoltaic to fuel conversion systems that is, achieving high energy efficiency at the lowest possible cost.
- Design, fabrication and performance characterization of photovoltaic integrated electrolysers
- Modelling and simulation of device behaviour for accelerated design optimisation
- Deposition and characterising of candidate earth abundant functional (electrocatalysts, anti-corrosion, wide band gap photoabsorbers, reflective coatings) materials for use in both photovoltaic and electrolysis cells
- Conducting techno-socio-economic studies and life cycle analysis of possible photovoltaic integrated electrolyser configurations
- Collaborative research and development with industry, universities and other research organisations
Collaborations and Projects
- PVcomB internal cooperation with the Silicon PV group and the CIGS PV groups that provide the photovoltaic devices for our activities and the Outdoor Analytics group that hosts our outdoor test bed;
- HZB internal cooperation with the Solar Fuels institute
- Coordination of the Horizon 2020 funded PECSYS Project (Grant Agreement Nr: 735218)
- Participation in “Energy System 2050” a joint initiative of the research field energy of the Helmholtz Association
- Participation in the SOLARMATH project which is part of the "Forschungszentrum der Berliner Mathematik / Berlin Mathematics Research Center" (MATH+) Excellence Cluster.
- Participation in the Helmholtz-Israel International Research School on Hybrid Integrated Systems for Conversion of Solar Energy (HI-SCORE)
- Contribution to the Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF)