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Photoassisted electrolysis of water - Conversion of optical to chemical energyA description is given of devices, termed photoelectrochemical cells, which can, in principle, be used to directly convert light to fuels and/or electricity. The fundamental principles on which the photoelectrochemical cell is based are related to the observation that irradiation of a semiconductor electrode in an electrochemical cell can result in the flow of an electric current in the external circuit. Attention is given to the basic mechanisms involved, the energy conversion efficiency, the advantages of photoelectrochemical cells, and the results of investigations related to the study of energy conversion via photoelectrochemical cells.
Document ID
19770029814
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Wrighton, M. S. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Bolts, J. M. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Kaiser, S. W. (MIT Cambridge, Mass., United States)
Ellis, A. B. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Subject Category
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Meeting Information
Conference on Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering(State Line, NV)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other