Decoupled Electrolysis Based on WO3 Auxiliary Electrode
5th Congress of Latvian Scientists: Book of Abstracts 2023
Mairis Iesalnieks, Mārtiņš Vanags, Andris Šutka

Hydrogen production via electrolysis is an efficient way how to store surplus energy from renewable energy sources but electrolysis must be made more achievable. Commonly used water electrolysis is limited by the need for complicated gas distribution systems to avoid mixing of H2 and O2 which can lead to a serious safety hazard. Membranes and diaphragms can solve gas mixing problems but they significantly reduce efficiency and increase hydrogen production costs. Here we demonstrate the principle of decoupled electrolysis where oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is separated in space with the use of a WO3 redox mediator. WO3 was produced by the solvothermal method. In accordance with SEM, XRD and XPS data, monoclinic WO3 nanosheet assemblies with a cluster size of 10-20 μm and plate thickness of 50-100 nm were produced without lower oxidation states. Electrodes were produced using carbon felt which was saturated with ink suspension. Electrolysis was demonstrated in two steps. In the first step, an OER reaction occurs and the H ion is intercalated in HxWO3. In the second step, H ion deintercalation occurs and H2 is being released at the Pt electrode. Gas purity in each step reaches more than 99.9% with an overall efficiency of 65%.

Atslēgas vārdi
WO3, Decoupled electrolysis, H2 generation

Iesalnieks, M., Vanags, M., Šutka, A. Decoupled Electrolysis Based on WO3 Auxiliary Electrode. No: 5th Congress of Latvian Scientists: Book of Abstracts, Latvija, Riga, 27.-29. jūnijs, 2023. Online: 2023, 1.-1.lpp.

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