Solar-induced hybrid energy harvesters for advanced oxidation water treatment

Zheng Yang Huo, Dong Min Lee, Young Jun Kim, Sang Woo Kim

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Water treatment based on advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) supplies clean water to rural areas lacking electric power supply and/or during natural disasters and pandemics. Considering the abundance of solar energy in the ambient environment, the solar-driven AOPs show an interesting potential to driving the water purification process. Involving the energy harvester (EH) that harvests mechanical or thermal energy into electricity to the solar-driven AOPs can achieve sustainable and self-powered water purification. Herein, we summarize the recent progress in the application of solar-induced hybrid EHs that harvest solar and mechanical/thermal energy simultaneously to drive AOP water treatment. A detailed discussion of the solar-induced hybrid EHs enabling AOP water treatment based on the mechanisms of piezo-, tribo-, pyro-, and thermo-assisted photocatalysis is provided. In addition, this paper explores future opportunities and strategies of the solar-induced hybrid EHs to drive the AOP water treatment in actual situations with unstable and fluctuating environmental conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102808
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul 23

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Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by Nano Material Technology Development Program ( 2020M3H4A1A03084600 ) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT . Z.-Y.H. acknowledges the support from the Korea Research Fellowship Program through the NRF of Korea (No. 2019H1D3A1A01102903 ).

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