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Advanced Energy Conversion Systems Thrust

Research Overview

The Advanced Energy Conversion Systems Thrust focuses on the development and evolution of systems which either lower carbon emission, increase energy efficiency, or both:

i) the thermo-neutral electrolysis cell has the potential to take a large share in the electrolyzer market due to its high efficiency and low cost.  I2CNER’s research will focus on the electrode structure in relation to water-assisted phase separation, the quantitative prediction of oxygen reduction, and the degradation mechanisms for technological functional oxides.

ii) the energy storage system utilizing reversible fuel cell / novel battery is a promising means to modulate/adjust supply and demand in electricity markets. We have developed an air-battery based on SOFC/SOEC concepts where H2 is used to reduce hematite to metallic Fe thereby storing reducing equivalents as metallic Fe rather than H2. Future research will optimize this device for higher roundtrip efficiency, capacity, and operating temperature.

iii) I2CNER will advance the exciting photovoltaics technology of hybrid perovskite solar cells whose adoption in the PV markets can lead to drastic CO2 reductions. I2CNER research will focus on increasing the efficiency of the lead-free systems we developed and found to exhibit promising durability.

Principal Investigators

  • Thomas Lippert
  • John A Kilner
  • Harry L. Tuller
  • Andrew Gewirth
    UIUC

Researchers

  • Kazunari Yoshizawa
    Kyushu University, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering
    http://trout.scc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/yoshizawaJ/indexE.html
  • Atsushi Takagaki
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Motonori Watanabe
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
    http://i2cner.kyushu-u.ac.jp/~mwata/index_en.html
  • Hai-Wen Li
    Kyushu University Platform of Inter / Transdisciplinary Energy Research
  • Hajime Nakanotani
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
    http://www.cstf.kyushu-u.ac.jp/~adachilab/lab/?page_id=398
  • Toshinori Matsushima
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Stephen Lyth
    Kyusyu University Platform of Inter / Transdisciplinary Energy Research
  • Masamichi Nishihara
    Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Center, Kyushu University
  • Junko Matsuda
    Advanced Device Research Division, International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University
  • Kohei Ito
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Koji Takahashi
    Kyushu University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Masamichi Kohno
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    http://www.mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp/~heat/english/index.html
  • Shoji Mori
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Naoya Sakoda
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Juntae Song
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Kenichi Goushi
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Tomohiro Shiraki
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Naoki Tanaka
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Yutaku Kita
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Qin-Yi Li
    Kyushu University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Veeramani Vediyappan
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Lai Qiwen
  • Dino Klotz
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Minkyu Son
    Center of Plasma Nano-interface Engineering, Kyushu University
  • Kenshi Mitsuishi
  • Nuttavut Kosem
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Wu Kuan Ting
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Zhe Tan
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Hui Ling Tan
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Huan Li
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Toshihiko Yokota
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Etsuo Akiba
    International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University
  • Byeongsu Kang
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Yoonyoung Kim
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • ELIF ERTEKIN
    UIUC
  • ANGUS ROCKETT
  • George Harrington
    Center of Coevolutionary Research for Sustainable Communities
  • Helena Tellez-Lozano
  • Nicola Helen Perry
    UIUC
  • Khellil Sefiane
    University of Edinburgh
  • Sushanta Mitra
  • Daniel Orejon
  • Sumitomo Hidaka
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Zhenying Wang
    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyushu University
  • Takaya Fujisaki
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

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