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Reference Number EP/R020744/1
Title ISCF Wave 1: Earth-Abundant Metal-Air Batteries
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 75%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr L Hardwick
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University of Liverpool
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2017
End Date 31 July 2021
Duration 46 months
Total Grant Value £739,479
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme ISCF Supergen
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr L Hardwick , Chemistry, University of Liverpool (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor K Scott , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr NG Berry , Chemistry, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Dr M Mamlouk , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ionotec Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technical Fibre Products Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
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Abstract Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) brings together the UK's world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. Clean and flexible energy or the 'Faraday Challenge' is one of the key themes in which will allow UK businesses to seize the opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy, to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles. To meet the goals of the ISCF will we investigate metal-air batteries using earth abundant metals such as calcium and sodium as the anode and charge carrier that offer a low cost and easily raw material resourced high energy storage battery system. Earth-abundant metal-air batteries potentially offer a much greater energy storage and power capability than current batteries such as lithium ion, in addition to their abundance worldwide. In order to achieve progress in the field of such calcium and sodium batteries and their subsequent development, mechanistic understanding of the cell chemistry and the required materials, and cell structure, needs to be understood. The project will construct Lab-scale test cells that will be tested in oxygen (air) and oxygen(air)/carbon dioxide mixtures. Via utilisation of redox mediators it is envisioned that a metal-air system could be demonstrated that reversibly stores energy via electrochemical conversion of oxygen and carbon dioxide to metal oxides and carbonates

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