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.

Main activities

  • Design, construction 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