Modeling and simulation for photoelectrochemical CO2 utilization

Xiaojiao Luo, Jin Xuan, Eva Sanchez Fernandez, M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer

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A two-dimensional numerical model for a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell.for CO2 utilization and fuel production was developed using COMSOL Multiphysics and validated with published experimental data. The model couples computational fluid dynamics with electrochemical kinetics to account for the complex interactions inside the PEC driven by light absorption operating at the Shockyley-Queisser limit. Charge and species conservation, fluid flow and electrochemical characteristics are studied. The flow rate of CO2 is found to be the factor affecting the cell performance. Parametric study for operating conditions is necessary in future work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-815
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
Event10th International Conference on Applied Energy 2018 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 22 Aug 201825 Aug 2018


  • CO utilization
  • Model
  • Operating conditionsIntroduction
  • PEC cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)


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