Energy storage and conversion

An ever-increasing societal demand for energy calls for sustainable solutions to producing as well as storing energy. Significant progress has been made in efficiently harvesting solar energy with solar cells – which are now responsible for a tangible proportion of the world’s electricity production – and solar energy can additionally be exploited to produce fuels and treat exhaust gases. In continuation, a variety of fuels are converted to electricity ever more efficiently using fuel cell technologies. Meanwhile, extensive research into batteries and capacitors has produced effective solutions for the storage of this generated electricity.

This collection presents a selection of Communications Chemistry articles covering the design of materials and devices pertaining to solar cell, fuel cell, battery and capacitor technologies, in addition to those focusing on the catalytic production of fuels using solar and electrical energy.

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Solar cells


Fuel cells

Batteries and supercapacitors