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Solar fuels generator

United States Patent

October 25, 2016
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The solar fuels generator includes an ionically conductive separator between a gaseous first phase and a second phase. A photoanode uses one or more components of the first phase to generate cations during operation of the solar fuels generator. A cation conduit is positioned provides a pathway along which the cations travel from the photoanode to the separator. The separator conducts the cations. A second solid cation conduit conducts the cations from the separator to a photocathode.
Lewis; Nathan S. (La Canada Flintridge, CA), Spurgeon; Joshua M. (Los Angeles, CA)
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
13/ 855,515
April 2, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under DE-SC000493/T-105066 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.