Monday 28 November 2016, 17:15pm - 18:00pm (followed by a drinks reception)
G35, Chemical Engineering Building , University of Birmingham
Karsten Müller, Leader of Energy Research, Institute of Separation Science and Technology
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen
Challenges and progress in chemical energy storage
Large scale energy storage can only be based on chemical reactions. Not only batteries, but also other approaches such as hydrogen or thermochemical energy systems, are important in this respect. However, there are still a huge number of challenges that need to be addressed. The potentials improvement related to these aspects are often quite different. Thermodynamics not only allow for evaluating processes before been set up, but also to identify the actual potentials for improving chemical energy storage processes. New chemical energy storage technologies, like Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier, or, thermochemical storage systems based on innovative adsorptions pairs, could be developed within recent years. Nevertheless, challenges for present research remain e.g. in the fields of dynamics, efficiency and cycle stability.
Karsten Müller studied Chemical Engineering at the Technische Universität München (Germany) and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He received his Diploma in 2009 and his Dr degree from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2013. He is currently working as leader of the energy research group at the Institute of Separation Science and Technology, University Erlangen. His research interests include chemical thermodynamics for energy applications and predictive methods for thermophysical substance properties. His main research focus is energy storage, energy system analysis and the study of uncertainties in process simulations.
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