Energy Storage research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.
- Solid oxide fuel cells: optimising their atomic architecture and operations through system modelling.
- Solid state and polymer electrolytes for fuel cell membranes, including NMR investigations of mechanisms for ionic conduction and investigations of morphology and ion transport using computational modelling.
- Innovative fuel cells, such as those made through inkjet printing.
- Micro-fuel cells and development of porous conducting polymers for use in them.
- Hydrogen for fuel cell applications.
Batteries and Supercapacitors
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries (LIBs): Development of new electrode chemistries and novel electrodes for lithium ion batteries, including theoretical and experimental studies of electrode structure and phase transformation and electrode/electrolyte interfaces.
- Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors to monitor processes and structural changes that occur during operation.
- Advanced lithium sulphur batteries that use sulphur in the cathode to increase capacity.
- Nano-scale structures for thermal energy storage.
Gas storage materials: a new family of zeolitic frameworks based upon lithium-boron imidazolates, which could be used for gas storage and catalysis.
Batteries and smart grid:
- Stability of the grid and impact of storage technologies and their control
- Application of power control electronics and strategies to maximise the impact of battery technology.
We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in energy storage.
Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Energy Storage theme. The lead for Energy Storage is Professor Clare Grey.
People specializing in this area
Applied superconductivity in electrical engineering, including superconducting electric machine design, power system protection and energy storage, and electromagnetic modelling, including FEM.
Materials and technologies for electrical energy and power.
This research concerns the corrosion and protection of metals, the development of novel, low-cost fuel-cell systems, and the surface electrochemistry and electrochemical processing of metals.
Interfacial studies of the rock/oil/water surfaces, using a combination of traditional and novel experimental approaches
Colloids and polymers: dispersion,emulsification and stability
Superconducting magnetic energy storage, energy storage flywheels
My research is concerned with the materials science of complex functional materials and nanostructures.
Electron microscopy of nanostructured materials, in particular for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications.
Dr Durrell's research interests centre around the structure and properties of the Flux Line Lattice in superconductors
Multiscale materials modelling
Polymer electrolytes for fuel cells and batteries
Oxygen diffusion in fluorite systems for fuel cells
1. Increasing the capacity of the anode in lithium ion batteries by incorporating tin and silicon into carbon nanotubes.
Development of the efficient hydrogen liquefaction processes.
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cells, Direct Carbon Fuel Cells
Flywheel with superconducting hybrid bearing
- Lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors:
- Structural studies of electrode materials;
- Development of techniques for insitu measurements of battery/supercap performance.
- Fuel cell membranes and catalysts for SOFCs:
- Structure and dynamics
Ferroelectric materials for cooling and energy applications
Electrochemical redox reactions at the interface of electrodes and electrolytes and morphology of electrodic materials
Connection of electrical energy stores to the grid including interfacing hardware and control.
The development and application of quantitative multi-nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to problems encountered in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
My research is based on the development and application of new electron microscopy techniques to study the structural and functional properties of a variety of materials with high spatial resolution in 2 and 3 dimensions.
Optimisation of hybrid vehicles
Electrical motor drives
Fuel cell systems
We store renewable energy in the form of a gaseous or liquid fuel.
Computational chemistry of electrode/electrolyte interfaces
Two-phase flow (especially vapour-droplet flows), the thermodynamics of power generation, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and heat pumps.
My research team is based around the creation and exploitation of carbon nanostructures in materials science
The synthesis and characterisation of new materials, primarily using solvothermal synthesis
The development of new, well-defined synthetic routes which allow the logical assembly of a broad range of main group and transition metal compounds, many of which have been almost unexplored previously and yet have important future applications in materials science and catalysis.
Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
Investigating integration of energy storage with grids for utility applications.
Energy storage and savings in buildings through the incorporation of Trombe walls (or standard solar walls) and solar water walls in design.
The value of electrical energy storage through the framework of a social cost-benefit analysis, also looking at the optimization of storage in high renewable future scenarios.