Because of the unpredictable nature of most renewable energy sources, effective energy storage is needed. The methanol economy suggests that methanol can be used as an efficient means of storing energy. Hydrogen from methanol can be used as a fuel for fuel cells, a clean way to produce energy. By coupling a solar panel to a methanol electrolyzer, hydrogen can be produced, harnessing the power of the sun. In this project, methanol electrolysis was performed under different operating conditions in order to understand the characteristics of electrolysis. Experimental data showed that increasing temperature and methanol concertation, improved methanol electrolysis performance. Additionally a solar powered methanol electrolyzer was made to access the viability of solar methanol electrolysis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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