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Energy Storage

Energy Storage research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research includes:

Fuel Cells

  • 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

Thermal Storage

  • 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

Principal Investigators

Dr Mark Ainslie, CEng

Applied superconductivity in electrical engineering, including superconducting electric machine design, power system protection and energy storage, and electromagnetic modelling, including FEM.

Professor Gehan Amaratunga

Materials and technologies for electrical energy and power.

Professor Tim Burstein

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.

Dr. Stuart Clarke

Interfacial studies of the rock/oil/water surfaces, using a combination of traditional and novel experimental approaches

Colloids and polymers: dispersion,emulsification and stability

Dr. Tim Coombs

Superconducting magnetic energy storage, energy storage flywheels

Professor Judith Driscoll

My research is concerned with the materials science of complex functional  materials and nanostructures.

Dr. Caterina Ducati

Electron microscopy of nanostructured materials, in particular for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications.

Dr John Durrell

Dr Durrell's research interests centre around the structure and properties of the Flux Line Lattice in superconductors

Dr Sian E Dutton

Siân’s research is on the use of complex oxides in energy applications including batteries, solid state magnetic cooling and photovoltaics.

Dr. James Elliott, CPhys CSci MInstPhys

Multiscale materials modelling

Polymer electrolytes for fuel cells and batteries

Nanocomposite materials

Dr. Ian Farnan

Oxygen diffusion in fluorite systems for fuel cells

Professor Derek Fray, FRS, FREng

1.  Increasing the capacity of the anode in lithium ion batteries by incorporating tin and silicon into carbon nanotubes.

Professor Bartlomiej Andrzej Glowacki, FIoM3 FInstP CPhys Ceng MWEC MEERA

Development of the efficient hydrogen liquefaction processes.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cells, Direct Carbon Fuel Cells

Flywheel with superconducting hybrid bearing

Professor Clare Grey
  • 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
Dr. Sohini Kar-Narayan

Ferroelectric materials for cooling and energy  applications

Dr. R. Vasant Kumar

Electrochemical redox reactions at the interface of electrodes and electrolytes and morphology of electrodic materials

Dr Teng Long

Connection of electrical energy stores to the grid including interfacing hardware and control. 

Dr. Mick Mantle

The development and application of quantitative multi-nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to problems encountered in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Professor Paul Midgley

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.

Dr. Patrick R Palmer, C.Eng.

Optimisation of hybrid vehicles

Electrical motor drives

Fuel cell systems

Power electronics

 

Dr. Erwin Reisner

We store renewable energy in the form of a gaseous or liquid fuel.

Professor Michiel Sprik

Computational chemistry of electrode/electrolyte interfaces

Dr. Alex White

Two-phase flow (especially  vapour-droplet flows), the thermodynamics of power generation,  Computational Fluid Dynamics, and heat pumps.

Professor Alan Windle

My research team is based around the creation and exploitation of carbon  nanostructures in materials science

Dr. Paul Wood

The synthesis and characterisation of new materials, primarily using  solvothermal synthesis

Professor Dominic Wright

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.

Visiting Researchers

Prof. Marga Jann

Energy storage and savings in buildings through the incorporation of Trombe walls (or standard solar walls) and solar water walls in design.