Our global energy systems are currently in rapid transformation, particularly through uptake of photovoltaic and wind power, driven by emissions reduction targets. The intermittent nature of these new generation sources presents challenges as we seek to further increase the use of renewable sources of power. Energy storage is a key component required for resilience in our future energy system, since it allows demand and supply to be de-coupled, ensuring that renewable energy can be used when it is needed, and not only when the sun shines or the wind blows.
Our research in energy storage spans from behind-the-meter systems such as clathrate semi-hydrate cold storage for buildings, to integration of battery storage into 'smart grids', to 'off-river' pumped hydro storage. In high-temperature thermal energy storage, we work to integrate with concentrating solar power systems, applied not only to electricity generation but also to supply of industrial process heat for chemical and metallurgical processing. In thermochemical storage, we develop carbonate thermochemical looping and metal oxide redox cycles. In sensible and latent storage concepts, we work on high-temperature eutectic salt mixtures compatible with sodium receivers. As well conducting system-level simulation and analysis, we maintain several active experimental facilities.
Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.