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On the benchmarking of multi-junction photoelectrochemical fuel generating devices

: May, M.M.; Lackner, D.; Ohlmann, J.; Dimroth, F.; Krol, R. van de; Hannappel, T.; Schwarzburg, K.


Sustainable energy & fuels 1 (2017), No.3, pp.492-503
ISSN: 2398-4902
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()
Materialien - Solarzellen und Technologie; Photovoltaik; III-V und Konzentrator-Photovoltaik; III-V Epitaxie und Solarzellen

Photoelectrochemical solar fuel generation is evolving steadily 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.