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Reference Number EP/G006091/1
Title Clathrates for Energy Storage
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) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor A Cooper
No email address given
University of Liverpool
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 10 November 2008
End Date 09 November 2009
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £93,783
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Electronics; Manufacturing
Region North West
Programme User-Led Research
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor A Cooper , Chemistry, University of Liverpool (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Liverpool (0.000%)
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Abstract There is a global need to conserving our natural hydrocarbon resources and a new urgency in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and consequential global warming. Development and implementation of alternative technologies based on renewable, non-fossil based sources will be key in the future. Some of these technologies / such as wind farms, solar power, and tidal power / are familiar to us, but these all relate to energy generation, not energy storage. There is a major need to replace hydrocarbon fossil fuels in applications where we are currently reliant on them. Some of the largest challenges centre around transportation, where fuel cells and gas-based (initially methane-based) vehicles are anticipated. A common technological problem is the safe and cost-effective storage of gas. Issues such as low efficiency, ease of poisoning, and unacceptable system weight/volume are all barriers which must be addressed for such technologies to succeed. This proposal focuses on the developmentof clathrate systems which trap gases such as methane in molecular cages. These systems are environmentally-friendly since they are mostly based on water. A major problem, however, is the timescale for clathrate formation - often of the order of days. Clearly, such timescales are unacceptable for transportation applications. This proposal focuses on developing and patenting a new technology for greatly accelerating the storage of gases in clathrates - for example, reducing formation timesfrom hours to a few minutes. This could open up the commercialisation of such technologies and help to address this major environmental and societal problem
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