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EPSRC Reference: EP/L014289/1
Title: Lower Cost and Longer Life Flow Batteries for Grid Scale Energy Storage
Principal Investigator: Brandon, Professor NP
Other Investigators:
Kucernak, Professor A Brett, Professor D Shearing, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
C-Tech Innovation Ltd EDF Energy PV3 Technologies Ltd
Department: Earth Science and Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 30 June 2014 Ends: 29 June 2017 Value (£): 940,689
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Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
04 Nov 2013 UK China Grid scale storage Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Flow batteries are a form of electrochemical energy storage in which electrical energy is stored via the generation of a physically separated reductant and oxidant, and electrical energy generated when required by the re-combination of this redox couple. Unlike other forms of electrochemical storage, flow batteries are characterised by the ability to de-couple power and energy, allowing significant cost savings as energy requirements increase, and offering the potential for MW/MWhr scale storage. Considerable progress has been made on this technology recent years, especially within China and the UK, but challenges remain to understand and improve lifetime and performance in the currently used all vanadium approach, and to explore novel approaches which offer significantly reduced cost. This proposal addresses the issue of both cost, performance and lifetime within flow batteries, to develop significantly improved all vanadium systems, and to explore novel approaches.
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