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Complex of online and onsite lectures on materials for hydrogen generation by solar water splitting

Alternative title: Kompleks av forelesninger på nettet og på stedet om materialer for hydrogengenerering ved å dele opp solvann

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

Green hydrogen is one of the strategic topics of research in Europe. Future management in this field requires a new generation of scientists and experts that are not only experts in one topic but understands the complex interactions between different aspects related to it. This requires close cooperation combining education and research Institutions and industry. Such training is beyond the capabilities of one academic or industrial group. It is the aim of the COOL LONGBOAT project to provide such complex training to young researchers for a future career in this field of technology. To solve the multidisciplinary task seven teams: The Department of Solar Energy, Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, the Institute for Mathematics and Physics, University of Stavanger, Department of Physics, University of Oslo, KeraNor AS, Oslo, Norway, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers Cedex, France, Department of Ceramic Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India and University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan have combined their efforts. Online and onsite lectures, an online international school have been developed and implemented for undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students, and early-stage researchers. A project website has been developed. The international school has been widely advertised through the website and other mass media sources. Scientific collaboration has been established through exchange visits of senior and young researchers. Joint research is under development that are expected to bring joint journal articles. The results are planned to be documented in the Elsevier journal Materials Letters as a special issue on green hydrogen and artificial photosynthesis as well as in the open access MDPI journal Nanomaterials. Furthermore, two books are planned to be published on green hydrogen in Elsevier.

Materials development for conversion of solar energy into storable chemical energy by water splitting using photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) is an important problem. Despite many years of research in this field, there are many challenges to be solved such as, e.g., non-toxic, low cost materials development, device fabrication by scalable methods, extending durability of the cells, understanding degradation mechanism, testing the devices in realistic conditions, life-cycle assessment, recycling, and commercialization. Future management in this field requires a new generation of scientists and experts that are not only experts in one particular topic, but understands the complex interactions between different aspects related to it. This requires close cooperation combining education and research Institutions and industry. Such training is beyond the capabilities of one academic or industrial group. It is the aim of the COOL LONGBOAT project to provide such complex training to young researchers for a future career in this field of technology. To solve the the multidisciplinary task online and onsite lectures will be developed and implemented for undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students, and early stage researchers, summer schools will be organized; scientific collaboration will be established through exchange visits of senior and young researchers, joint journal articles will be published and a joint proposal will be submitted to continue the collaboration. To solve the above challenges seven teams: (i) the Department of Solar Energy, Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, (ii) the Institute for Mathematics and Physics, University of Stavanger, (iii) Department of Physics, University of Oslo, (iv) KeraNor AS, Oslo, (v) Université de Poitiers, Poitiers Cedex, France, (vi) Department of Ceramic Engineering. Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India and (vii) University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan will combine their efforts.

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