Category Fuel of the Future

About the Authors

Mario Pagliaro is a chemistry and manage­ment scholar based in Palermo at Italy’s CNR where, since 2008, he has also led Sici­ly’s Photovoltaics Research Pole. Mario’s research focuses on the development of functional materials for a variety of uses and operates at the boundaries of chemistry and materials science. Between 1998 and 2003 he led the management educational center ‘‘Quality College del CNR’’, using the resulting income to establish a research group that currently collabo­rates with researchers in 11 countries. He has co-authored more than 100 scientific and technical papers as well as 12 scientific and manage­ment books, including two highly cited volumes, on silica-based materials and glycerol chemistry...

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We would like to thank our collaborators, especially Giovanni Palmisano, Rosaria Ciriminna, Vittorio Loddo, Leonardo Palmisano and Vincenzo Augugliaro, for their generous collaboration in the activities of Sicily’s PV Research Pole.

In addition, thanks are due to the European Commission for its support of the HYDROSOL research projects during the last decade, and to all past and present members of the HYDROSOL research consortiums, for their continued effort towards a clean energy future. In particular Chrysa Pagkoura and Souzana Lorentzou (both from the APT Lab at CPERI/CERTH) are gratefully acknowledged for their assistance with the present book.

Thanks are also due to Merlin Fox, Sue Humphreys, Juliet Binns and Saphsa Codling of RSC Publishing for their assistance in producing this bo...

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Solar Hydrogen Fuel of the Future

Stay away from books that appear in fashion-chasing clusters: excellent recent examples are books on nano-everything, on hydrogen economy and on global warming.1

-V. Smil

This warning advice from Vaclav Smil, a leading authority in energy science, has been a constant guiding admonition on writing this book.

Using plain language, numerous illustrations and updated practical examples, in the following chapters we aim to show that hydrogen produced using solar energy to split water is the energy currency of the future because it solves two key requirements of our global society – namely the incessant flow of energy and clean energy – and does so at an affordable cost.

In other words, when produced from renewable energy and renewable raw materials – namely sunlight and water – hydrogen is an e...

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