Solar hydrogen production by a scalable electrolyzer-photovoltaic system

Solar hydrogen production by a scalable electrolyzer-photovoltaic system_Tecniospring Marisa
  • Energy storage

The Hyprolyzer project started on the 1st of September 2022, and stands for “Solar hydrogen production by a scalable electrolyzer-photovoltaic system”. This project aims to validate a 100 cm2-prototype for H₂ production, consisting of an electrolyzer connected to an advanced Silicon-Perovskite solar cells arrangement and working under bias free conditions. The electrodes for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions will be developed using inexpensive non-toxic, and made of Earth-abundant elements materials. The design of the final electrolyzer prototype will be based on the study of the optimal configuration and conditions for maximizing the efficiency together with a scalability study. We expect important breakthroughs in the development of hydrogen production technologies that are relevant for the energy transition towards zero-carbon emissions.

IREC is pleased to host Dr Maria Isabel Díez García as a Tecniospring Industry researcher. Maria Isabel holds an outgoing and return fellowship, starting his stay in the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL, Switzerland), before returning to IREC in the Energy Storage, Harvesting and Catalysis group. She will develop a professional career within the energy field and benefit from top training in technology transfer.

Tecniospring is ACCIÓ’s international talent programme, which boosts technology transfer processes by offering R&D companies and TECNIO centres 2-year employment contracts to host a researcher.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 801342 (Tecniospring INDUSTRY) and the Government of Catalonia’s Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ).