A hierarchical structure composed of Pt@Co3O4/TiO2 (CTP) ternary nanocomposite was synthesized and demonstrated for its enhanced and durable production of hydrogen from glycerol under simulated solar light irradiation. The rate of hydrogen production over the optimized composition was found to be 19.2 mmol h−1 g−1cat. The obtained XRD and XPS results revealed the facile formation of the composite. The heterojunction formed in the ternary system remarkably enhanced the visible light absorption properties and charge separation in CTP as evidenced from their UV–visible absorption and PL spectra, respectively. The optimized union of the materials with specific properties and their intimate physical contacts might be the origin for the manifested, improved and durable photocatalytic efficiency towards hydrogen production. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l.