Scientists from Vernadsky Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry and Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have developed Experimental photoelectrochemical cell for hydrogen accumulation under the action of sunlight. When the anode of this device is exposed to Sun, its cathode starts to produce hydrogen via photoelectrochemical reactions.
Such system can be used to generate hydrogen, which can be transformed later into electricity in a fuel cell, where hydrogen is oxidized by oxygen from air. It can be also used as a photoaccumulator, which will ensure uninterrupted power supply of consumers under conditions of changing light intensity.
In July of this 2017 year we met with the President of Romanian Association for Hydrogen Energy, Ioan Iordache. He was presenting achievements of Romania in the field of hydrogen energy. It was in the frame of Czech hydrogen days, taking place along with the World Hydrogen Technology Conference WHTC2017 in Prague. Czech hydrogen activists were receiving their colleagues from many Eastern European countries: Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
We used this opportunity to interview Dr. Iordache.
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