Novel materials for flow battery energy storage

Summary

The Energy Storage Group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is undertaking fundamental and applied research into two classes of storage device – the zinc-bromine battery (ZnBr) and carbon-based supercapacitors.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Tony Vassallo

Research Location

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The Energy Storage Group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is undertaking fundamental and applied research into two classes of storage device – the zinc-bromine battery (ZnBr) and carbon-based supercapacitors.  The ZnBr battery is an energy device suitable for multi hour storage and discharge, while the supercapacitor is a high power device operating in the second timescale.

The ZnBr research consists of 2 main themes, and is partly funded through an ARC Linkage grant until 2015.

  1. Novel flow battery designs - Novel flow battery design aims to redesign the ZnBr flow battery to better suit the chemistry.
  2. New materials for electrodes and electrolytes - New materials for electrodes and electrolytes aims to improve existing designs with state-of-the-art materials.

Additional Information

Research is focused on:

  • increasing the specific energy through improvements to electrolyte composition (incl sequestration)
  • increasing the specific power through improved electrode materials and design (e.g. better Br kinetics)
  • improving cycle life through more robust carbon electrodes (polymer composition and active carbon management)
The Energy Storage Laboratory is a newly built (2011) 100 m2 facility dedicated to flow battery R&D. Existing laboratories such as the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology in Chemical Engineering are focused on carbon and non-carbon nanotubes and also undertake research into energy storage devices.

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Keywords

Novel materials for flow battery energy storage. New materials for electrodes and electrolytes

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1678

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