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Reference Number EP/N032888/1
Title Multi-scale ANalysis for Facilities for Energy STorage (Manifest)
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Energy storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 35%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr J Radcliffe
No email address given
Electronic, Electrical and Computer Eng
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 30 September 2016
End Date 29 September 2021
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £4,013,527
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr J Radcliffe , Electronic, Electrical and Computer Eng, University of Birmingham (99.967%)
  Other Investigator Professor PC Eames , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr JA (Jim ) Halliday , Energy Research Unit, STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) (0.001%)
Dr D (David ) Howey , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr C Patsios , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr MP Foster , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr D Gladwin , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr DA Stone , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr G S F Shire , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Professor RE Critoph , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr Y Li , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr D Strickland , Sch of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University (0.001%)
Professor PC (Phil ) Taylor , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Prof A (Anthony ) Kucernak , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor P Bruce , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr A (Andrew ) Cruden , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor P Grant , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr A Aguadero , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor RAW Dryfe , Chemistry, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr Y Ding , Inst of Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor A Forsyth , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr LF Ochoa , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr R Todd , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Prof I (Ian ) Cotton , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor ZX (Zheng Xiao ) Guo , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
Professor CP Grey , Chemistry, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor X Zhang , Electronic, Electrical and Computer Eng, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr D J Rogers , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr L Hardwick , Chemistry, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Professor S (Seamus ) Garvey , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr P Shearing , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr D Brett , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Professor PJ (Peter ) Hall , Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
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Abstract The rapid deployment of variable renewable electricity in the UK will make it more challenging to balance the supply and demand of energy. Over the last five years, the potential for energy storage to meet this challenge has been recognised by industry and policy makers. Other global drivers of energy system change show the wider opportunity: providing remote communities with access to power, increasing urbanisation, and ageing infrastructure. The characteristics of energy storage can range from meeting the needs of individuals and households, to local/city distribution networks, to those of the high-voltage transmission grid. But advances, in energy storage devices themselves and their integration into systems, are needed to meet the required performance and cost levels.With a strong research and industry base, the UK can be at the forefront of innovation in energy storage, capturing value in the global market. To these ends, the Government invested 30m in energy storage facilities under the 'Eight Great Technologies' call, providing state-of-the-art equipment in five university consortia for the development and testing of technologies that span application areas. However, whilst funding was made available for capital expenditure, no dedicated funding for undertaking research was attached.We propose a truly interdisciplinary programme building on this investment to tackle some key challenges facing the energy storage community. We have designed a programme which will draw on the collective expertise and facilities that exist in the consortia to tackle research questions that span the storage technologies being developed, and to maximise the impact of the test-bed demonstrators.Our approach is to address a set of research questions that apply across the technologies supported by the capital investment. We will consider the key challenges, across length scales, from materials to devices, to systems, specifically addressing:- How the materials used in enery storage technologies, including batteries and thermal energy- How processes are modelled in the technologies, and validating the models with experiments- How energy storage devices can be integrated into the energy system most effectively- How data from operational runs of pilot plants can improve our understanding of the role of energy storageThis project can be the catalyst which leads to improved understanding of physical processes, accelerated technology development, and shared learning from the operation of energy storage technologies. The research will also drive further collaboration between institutions, build the national research and innovation community, increase recognition of the UK's role, and maximise the impact from these facilities in the international energy landscape. The consortia demonstrated excellence in research capability as part of their original capital grant bids. This project draws on this expertise directly with the involvement of senior investigatorswho have internationally leading reputations. We will also benefit from the additional support of technology users from across the energy sector, as well as the links through the individual consortia Advisory Boards
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