Research

Researchers at the Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage are looking at ways to use cryogenic liquids for more efficient and effective alternatives  to air conditioning technology to meet the growing demand for cooling systems in food transport and data centres.

Cryogenic Energy Storage Research:

Novel cold storage materials with an aim to further increase energy storage density and life-span, improve charge-discharge kinetic performance and reduce costs. These materials can help further reduce the footprint of CES plants and tank size of cryogenic liquid fuelled vehicles.

New thermodynamic cycles and processes with an aim of developing more efficient cycles and processes. These cycles and processes can help improve energy efficiency of gas liquefaction plants – one of the largest electricity consumers. The work can also help develop novel cooling and refrigeration technologies.

Systems integration, control and optimization aim to develop tools for designing new technologies through integration of CES with energy networks and industrial processes, and for assessing and optimising the performance of integrated technologies under current and future energy scenarios.

Pilot-scale liquid air energy storage facility testing aims to carry out detailed study for both component and system level performance improvement, to validate our work on integration and optimisation, and to provide an education and training base for undergraduate and postgraduate students and engineers working in the area.

Cold Economy research aims to investigate the societal and economic impacts of the cold chain for the UK and abroad; providing a guideline to the scientific and technological research.

The broad range of expertise across the Centre and University ensure that our approaches are truly multidisciplinary and innovative.