Solar Hydrogen Production

Solar Hydrogen Production

Processes, Systems and Technologies

1st Edition - August 15, 2019

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  • Editors: Francesco Calise, Massimo Dentice D’Accadia, Massimo Santarelli, Andrea Lanzini, Domenico Ferrero
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128148532
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128148549

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Solar Hydrogen Production: Processes, Systems and Technologies presents the most recent developments in solar-driven hydrogen generation methods. The book covers different hydrogen production routes, from renewable sources, to solar harvesting technologies. Sections focus on solar energy, presenting the main thermal and electrical technologies suitable for possible integration into solar-based hydrogen production systems and present a thorough examination of solar hydrogen technologies, ranging from solar-driven water electrolysis and solar thermal methods, to photo-catalytic and biological processes. All hydrogen-based technologies are covered, including data regarding the state-of-the art of each process in terms of costs, efficiency, measured parameters, experimental analyses, and demonstration projects. In the last part of the book, the role of hydrogen in the integration of renewable sources in electric grids, transportation sector, and end-user applications is assessed, considering their current status and future perspectives. The book includes performance data, tables, models and references to available standards. It is thus a key-resource for engineering researchers and scientists, in both academic and industrial contexts, involved in designing, planning and developing solar hydrogen systems.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of conventional and advanced solar hydrogen technologies, including simulation models, cost figures, R&D projects, demonstration projects, test standards, and safety and handling issues
  • Encompasses, in a single volume, information on solar energy and hydrogen systems
  • Includes detailed economic data on each technology for feasibility assessment of different systems


Energy engineering researchers in academia and industry. Masters and PhD students in this field. Energy engineering professionals, including electrical and mechanical engineers

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Introduction to Hydrogen Production Routes: Processes and technologies
    1. Hydrogen properties
    2. Hydrogen utilization, market and R&D Projects
    3. Hydrogen production
    4. Hydrogen storage

    Part II. Solar harvesting
    5. Solar energy availability
    6. Solar thermal collectors
    7. Solar thermal power plants
    8. Solar photovoltaic (PV)

    Part III. Processes for solar-driven Hydrogen production
    9. Electrochemical hydrogen generation
    10. Hydrogen from solar thermal energy
    11. Hydrogen from photo-catalytic water splitting
    12. Photo-biologic hydrogen
    13. Hybrid and novel systems
    14. Comparative analysis of the solar-based hydrogen production techniques

    Part IV. Hydrogen for bulk energy storage of renewable power sources
    15. Power-to-gas and power-to-power technologies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: August 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128148532
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128148549

About the Editors

Francesco Calise

Francesco Calise graduated cum laude in mechanical engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2002, where he also obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Thermal Engineering, and is now a Researcher and Associate Professor. He teaches several courses of energy management and applied thermodynamics for BsC, MS and PhD students. He has been invited lecturer for courses in the UK and Finland, has been involved in several research projects funded by EU and Italian Government and has served as chair and/or member of scientific committee in a number of international conferences. He is also reviewer and associate editor for several international journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Massimo Dentice D’Accadia

Massimo Dentice d'Accadia is a mechanical engineer and holds a Ph. D. degree in Applied Thermodynamics. Presently, he is Full Professor of Energetics and Applied Thermodynamics at the University of Naples Federico II. He is also member of the advisory board of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Energy Manager in the same university. His fields of interest include thermodynamic and thermoeconomic analysis of advanced energy systems, energy saving, and renewable energy sources. On these topics, Professor d’Accadia has published numerous scientific papers, mostly in International journals and proceedings of international conferences. Currently, he is coordinator of government-funded research programs such as SAHARA (Solar-Assisted Heating And Refrigeration Appliances) and RISE (Research and Innovation in the Energy Sector – section: Concentrated Solar Power). In addition, he is a reviewer for a number of international journals and for many scientific organizations, such as ASME (American Society of Mechanical Enegineers). He is evaluator/monitoring/reviewer expert for the European Commission (FP7 research and innovation programmes) and for Italian public institutions, such as the Ministry of the economic Development (MiSE), the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), the Italian Energy Authority and the Tuscan Region.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Energetics and Applied Thermodynamics, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Massimo Santarelli

Massimo Gian Luca Santarelli is a mechanical engineer, Ph.D. in Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and Full Professor at the Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He is Affiliated Professor in KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and has published a great number of articles in international journals and conference proceedings. Professor Santarelli is also Coordinator of EU Project SOFCOM (FCH JU Call 2010), and DEMOSOFC (FCH2 JU Call 2014), as well as partner in EU projects such as GRINHY, ENEFIELD, ENFICA-FC, SELECT-CD, Explore Energy, Virtual Hub, and MARS-EV, in addition to other national projects. He has been chair for Italy of ISO/TC 197 ‘Hydrogen Technologies. At Politecnico Torino, he is Coordinator of the SOFC/SOEC section in the High-Quality Laboratory (LAQ) IN.TE.S.E. (Technology Innovation for Energy Sustainability), focusing on SOFC and SOEC single cells and short stacks, high pressure PEM electrolysis, and power-to-chemical (synthetic CH4).

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor in Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Andrea Lanzini

Andrea Lanzini received his B.S. and M.S. in Energy and Nuclear Engineering in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Energetics in 2011. He is post-doc research associate at the Energy Department of Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and member of the STEPS (Synergies of Thermochemical and Electrochemical Systems) Group. He has published various articles in international peer-reviewed journals, gathering a fast-growing citation count. He was awarded with a Fulbright scholarship in 2010/2011, spent as visiting scientist in the Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG) at Princeton University, United States.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Domenico Ferrero

Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

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