Analysis of temperature distribution in PV-integrated electrochemical flow cells

Dorian Santander, Shaun Whitley, Jungmyung Kim, Dowon Bae*

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Abstract

Photovoltaic (PV)-integrated flow cells for electrochemical energy conversion and storage underwent a huge development. The advantages of this type of integrated flow cell system include the simultaneous storage of solar energy into chemicals that can be readily utilized for generating electricity. However, most studies overlook the practical challenges arising from the inherent heat exposure and consequent overheating of the reactor under the sun. This work aims to predict the temperature profiles across PV-integrated electrochemical flow cells under light exposure conditions by introducing a computational fluid dynamics–based method. Furthermore, we discuss the effects of the flow channel block architecture on the temperature profile to provide insights and guidelines for the effective remedy of overheating.
Original languageEnglish
Article number045103
JournalMaterials Futures
Volume2
Issue number4
Early online date19 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • CFD
  • solar redox flow battery
  • redox flow cell
  • energy conversion
  • temperature profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials

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