Energy Storage

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Energy Storage

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Introduction

Better energy storage materials are required for the electrification of transport and for decarbonisation of the grid. The Royce research area focuses on batteries, supercapacitors and thermoelectrics.

A new national initiative, The Faraday Institution, is being established. A joint set of research priorities, between the FI and Royce, will be developed that exploits joint opportunities to the maximum potential.

One Of the UK’s eight great technologies

Energy storage is one of the UK’s eight great technologies.

What if we were able to solve the materials and engineering challenges involved in the all-solid-state battery? It would transform the safety of Li-ion batteries, enable the use of lithium metal electrodes delivering a step-change in energy density, and lead to safe electric vehicles with a driving range of more than 300 miles and faster charging.

The global market in lithium batteries is growing exponentially, and forecast to reach £50bn in 2020. It is anticipated that the UK will require the equivalent of two gigafactories for electric vehicles alone by 2025.

50 Billion

The global market in lithium batteries will reach £50bn in 2020.

Partner

Oxford University

The research area is led by The University of Oxford