Academics and industry and government experts will join forces to develop a next generation energy storage technology as part of a £4m collaboration backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The SUPERGENE Energy Storage Hub project aims to address major challenges the energy grids are facing as a result of the renewable energy generation revolution.
“Energy storage is more important today than at any time in human history,” said Oxford University Professor Peter Bruce who is leading the project. “It has a vital role to play in storing electricity from renewable sources and is key to the electrification of transport. The SUPERGEN Hub will be working with industry, government and the education system to improve the performance of electrochemical, mechanical and thermal devices, develop and test new materials and optimise thermodynamic processes. All against a background of robust integrated systems.”
The project will focus on both – technical and scientific challenges – and will develop a shared vision for energy storage in the UK. The vision will be integrated into a comprehensive national roadmap.
“Developing efficient energy storage technologies and infrastructure is crucial for decarbonising and strengthening our energy system and security,” said EPSRC’s CEO Philip Nelson. “Working with industry, this new SUPERGEN Hub will move the UK closer to where it needs to be for a safer, more sustainable future.”
The Hub will work with its industrial partners to accelerate the research, prototyping and commercialisation.