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1. (WO2018058094) INTEGRATED MEMBRANE SOLAR FUEL PRODUCTION ASSEMBLY

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/058094    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/053408
Publication Date: Fri Mar 30 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Sep 27 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: C25B 1/00
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
HYPERSOLAR, INC.
LEE, Joun
HUSSAINI, Syed Mubeen Jawahar
CHENG, Wei
YOUNG, Timothy, A.
Inventors: LEE, Joun
HUSSAINI, Syed Mubeen Jawahar
CHENG, Wei
YOUNG, Timothy, A.
Title: INTEGRATED MEMBRANE SOLAR FUEL PRODUCTION ASSEMBLY
Abstract:
A solar fuel production assembly comprises a separation structure including an ion conducting membrane structurally integrated with one or more solar fuel production units that absorb solar energy to drive one or more redox reactions. A reduction half-reaction occurs on a first side of the separation structure to produce one or more reduction products and an associated oxidation half-reaction occurs on an opposite second side of the separation structure to produce one or more oxidation products. The one or more reduction products are collectable from the first side and the one or more oxidation products are collectable from the second side of the separation structure. The ion conducting membrane provides facile transport of ions to reduce ion transfer ohmic losses associated with the one or more redox reactions, and also provides for separation of the one or more reduction products from the one or more oxidation products.