Researches from Xi’an Jiaotong University develop A Na-ion direct formate fuel cell converting solar fuel to electricity and hydrogen.
The rapid footstep of hydrogen society drives people to pursue reliable, energy-saving, and renewable hydrogen production patterns. Herein, an electricity-hydrogen co-produced Na-ion direct formate fuel cell (e-h2 Na-DFFC) is proposed as a conceptual avenue to link CO2 utilization and H2 society. Using the solar fuel-formate that can be readily synthetized from carbon dioxide, we experimentally demonstrate the capability of e-h2 Na-DFFC for continuous co-production of electricity and hydrogen.
A proof-of-concept e-h2 Na-DFFC yields a peak power density as high as 168 mW cm−2 at 380 mA cm−2 associating with the hydrogen production rate reaching 2.9 mL min−1 cm−2.
More importantly, the approximate 100% purity and over 98.9% Faradic efficiency suggest the great potential of this electricity-hydrogen co-production device. In addition, we explore the scalability, stability and applicability of the e-h2 Na-DFFC.
The hydrogen that is produced from the e-h2 Na-DFFC can be directly fed to hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell, which presents a peak power density of 546 mW cm−2 and a 35-h stable operation at room temperature. This proposed e-h2 Na-DFFC provides a new pathway for renewable hydrogen production.
Highlights – Researches From Xi’an Jiaotong University Develop a Na-ion Direct Formate Fuel Cell Converting Solar Fuel to Electricity and Hydrogen
- An e-h Na-DFFC that co-produces electricity and hydrogen is proposed.
- The e-h Na-DFFC links carbon dioxide utilization and hydrogen society.
- A proof-of-concept e-h Na-DFFC yields a peak power density as high as 168 mW cm−2
- 100% purity and 98.9% Faradic efficiency suggest the great potential of the device.