Federal grant of $3 million for hydrogen energy research

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a $3 million grant to the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) to help fund ongoing research on the development of photo-electro-chemical (PEC) technologies. Also known as “Artificial Photosynthesis”, this technology combines advanced photovoltaic (PV) materials and catalysts into a single device that uses sunlight to split water into molecular hydrogen and oxygen. The “solar fuels” produced with this method can be stored, distributed and finally recombined into a fuel cell to generate electricity, with water as the only byproduct. This multi-disciplinary research program is led by assistant researcher Nicolas Gaillard at HNEI’s Thin Films Laboratory.

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