Publication in Journal of Power Sources
Vol 238, p 313-317, (2013)
J. Méndez-Ramos, J.C. Ruiz-Morales, P. Acosta-Mora,
J. del-Castillo and A.C. Yanes
The use of hydrogen to feed Fuel Cells emerges as an attractive renewable solution to meet the terawatt carbon-neutral energy demand challenge. Rare-earth doped nano-glass-ceramics, presenting outstanding high intense UV-blue up-conversion processes, appear as an interesting approach to assist long wavelength light harvesting of solar irradiation, extending the photo-catalytic response to the red and near-infrared region to overcome the drawback of large band-gap materials used in the splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen in a photo-electrochemical cell.