Lead organisation: University of Oxford
Academic partners: University of Bath, University of Birmingham (Dr Jonathan Radcliffe and Professor Yulong Ding), University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Southampton and the University of Warwick
Dates: 01/06/14 – 30/06/19
Project Summary: The Energy SUPERSTORE Hub brings together eleven highly experienced investigators with strong international and national reputations in energy storage research, not only in the technologies themselves, but spanning the entire value chain, from manufacturing, integration and evaluation of the whole energy system, including economics and policy. The consortium addresses a number of the critical barriers to the commercialisation of energy storage and its widespread exploitation in the UK and internationally. Members of the consortium cover areas in which the UK has both the scientific capability and an energy system need.
The Energy SUPERSTORE is formed of nine work packages, some of which are based on different energy storage technologies) and others, which address cross-cutting issues in energy storage research.
Dr Jonathan Radcliffe (University of Birmingham) is leading the development of the energy storage roadmap. The roadmap will identify credible pathways showing how technologies could develop to meet system needs, allowing policy-makers and regulators to put in place innovation support and market pull mechanisms. The roadmap will contain detail on the cost, performance characteristics and the role of energy storage technologies.
Professor Yulong Ding is leading work package 5, focussed on thermal energy storage (TES). His work is centred on the formulation of high performance TES materials, the design and fabrication of TES components and devices and the study of the relationship between material properties and system level performance.
Impact of research: Since its inception, the Energy SUPERSTORE has continued to integrate the UK energy storage community. It has also linked the UK academic base with industry, through hub-driven programmes but also through connecting directly with the Eight Great Technologies Capital Grants Call, which funded a number of energy storage demonstrators within the UK. These streams of work enhance the UK’s position as a leader in energy storage research and development, and pave the way for further innovation in the sector.
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