PEC LAB (Photoelectrochemical lab) of SOTOCARBO S.p.a converts electrical energy and CO2 into methanol and other fuels, using sunlight to reduce the activation energy of the process. It has 3 sections: 1) a photoanode-driven PEC cell; 2) a solar simulator, a potentiostat/galvanostat, a micro gas chromatograph and a gas chromatograph with a mass spectrometer; 3) two flow meters
State of the art: Photoelectrochemical (PEC) reduction is an innovative method that converts CO2 removed from effluent gases into value-added chemicals and fuels, such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and oxygenates.
Services currently offered by the infrastructure: The PEC Lab allows the adoption of different electrochemical techniques, both in continuous and alternating current, in order to gather information on the process using sintered electrodes. In particular, cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) can be performed.