Advanced Energy Conversion Systems Thrust

Development and evolution of systems which either lower carbon emission, increase energy efficiency, or both

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.

TEM images of suspended water film in CNT under high vacuum conditions.
New approach to highly durable electrocatalysts based on polymer rapping. a) Summary of the approach, b) Durability results showing no visible degradation in polymer wrapped systems up to 500,000 cycles.

Researchers

Principal Investigator

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All Researchers

  • Name

    Position

    Belong

  • Ito, Kohei

    Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Professor

    Imperial College London

  • Matsuda, Junko

    Professor

    International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University

  • Nishihara, Masamichi

    Professor

    International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University

  • Professor

    Colorado School of Mines

  • Professor

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University

  • Professor

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Associate Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Inada, Miki

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Kwati, Leonard

    Associate Professor

    Center for Energy Systems Design attached to I²CNER, Kyushu University (CESD)

  • Matsushima, Toshinori

    Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Associate Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Shiraki, Tomohiro

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Tsubaki, Shuntaro

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology

  • Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Fajar, Adroit T.N.

    Assistant Professor

    Center for Energy Systems Design attached to I²CNER, Kyushu University (CESD)

  • Goushi, Kenichi

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Guo, Zhanglin

    Assistant Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Osaki, Yutaka

    Assistant Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Assistant Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Song, Juntae

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Tanaka, Naoki

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Tellez-Lozano, Helena

    Assistant Professor

    -

  • Tomisaki, Mai (AECS,PICP)

    Assistant Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Khan, Sovann

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Fang, Siman

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Kluczny, Maksymilian Pawel

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Manivannan, Bhuvaneshwari

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Senevirathne, Chathuranganie

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Shen, Xiaofeng

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Vediyappan, Veeramani

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Wu, Kuan Ting

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Yang, Dengyao

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Guo, Limin

    Visiting Professor

    -

  • Okazaki, Ken

    Visiting Professor

    Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Kimura, Seiichiro

    Visiting Associate Professor

    -

  • Mitsuishi, Kenshi

    -

    -

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