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Photoelectrochemical Cell for Hydrogen Generation using Titanium Oxide Nanotubes

Description:

Solar hydrogen generation has been achieved using TiO2 (titanium dioxide) nanotube solar arrays. The solar arrays are used for electrolysis, the separation of water into hydrogen and oxygen.  This provides a renewable way to produce hydrogen, greatly increasing the net energy gain and reducing green house gas emissions.  The 2003 U.S. Hydrogen Fuel Initiative placed an increased emphasis on hydrogen production and has helped promote hydrogen as a power source. In 2008, the worldwide market for hydrogen was roughly $300 billion and projected to grow by 10% - 40% per year over the next decade.  Regarding production costs, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has set a cost target for hydrogen at $2.00–$3.00/kg for the transportation market.  The cost of electricity is the primary component of the cost to produce hydrogen and renewable energy sources, such as solar, provide a solution to reducing the cost and making it a viable alternative for the marketplace.

Intellectual Property

UNR ID #: UNR05-003
Title: Photoelectrochemical Cell for Hydrogen Generation using Titanium Oxide Nanotubes
Appl. No.: 13/291,965

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Dan Langford
Technology Commercialization, Manager
University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute
dlangford@unr.edu
Inventors:
Manoranjan Misra
Krishnan Raja
Thulasidharan Gandhi
Pradeep Pillai
Susanta Kumar Mohapatra
Vishal Mahajan
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