May, M.M.; Lackner, D.; Ohlmann, J.; Dimroth, F.; van de Krol, R.; Hannappel, T.; Schwarzburg, K.: On the benchmarking of multi-junction photoelectrochemical fuel generating devices. Sustainable Energy & Fuels 1 (2017), p. 492-503
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Photoelectrochemical solar fuel generation is evolving quickly towards devices mature for applications, driven by the development of efficient multi-junction devices. The crucial characteristics deciding over feasibility of an application are efficiency and stability. Benchmarking and reporting routines for these characteristics are, however, not yet on a level of standardisation as in the photovoltaic community, mainly due to the intricacies of the photoelectrochemical dimension. We discuss best practice considerations for benchmarking and propose an alternative efficiency definition that includes stability. Furthermore, we analyse the effects of spectral shaping and anti-reflection properties introduced by catalyst nanoparticles and their impact on design criteria for direct solar fuel generation in monolithic devices.