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Reference Number EP/M507714/1
Title Graphene enabled next generation battery technology
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) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor RAW Dryfe
No email address given
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 30 June 2015
End Date 29 December 2015
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £51,742
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor RAW Dryfe , Chemistry, University of Manchester (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr IA Kinloch , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
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Abstract The project aims to develop a graphene enable sodium ion battery. There are several markets for rechargeable batteries and these can the segmented into 1. The 3C or consumer electronic Market, 2. Power tools and appliances 3.Automotives, 4. Industrial including stationary energy storage. SHARP sell products in all of these markets excepting the automotive market. The sodium ion battery (NIB) is being developed as a low cost alternative rechargeable battery technology. It is expected that NIB could directly replace lithium ion batteries (LIB) in all of the established and emerging markets and lead acid batteries (PbA) in the low cost applications. The direct substitution of a highly developed and optimised LIB technology for established applications will be time consuming and difficult to displace. SHARP are interested in the emerging markets, such as stationary energy storage, where there is no currently established energy storage technology and the development of new technologies will involve demonstrators and hence new technologies can also be established. This project will focus on developing electrodes for a new NIB technology for longer life and higher volumetric densities specifically for residential and community energy storage systems. In particular for coupling PV local renewable energy generation sources with local energy storage systems. The advantages of this system are to provide a greater self-sufficiency to consumers, and to buffer an intermittent energy generation thus providing a greater stability between the grid and the property. Current alternative technologies for stationary energy storage include lead acid batteries (PbA) and lithium ion (LIB). Whilst lead acid batteries are significantly lower cost than lithium ion their life-time is significantly lower, therefore the life time costs of these technologies are similar. Sodium ion batteries (NIB)offer a lower cost alternative to LIB however NIB batteries have not yet been commercialised as further development is required to optimise cycle life and performance properties, specifically for the stationary energy storage markets. The addition of graphene into the electrodes is expected to improve the electronic transport properties of the electrodes improving the current distribution, the packing density, and hence the volumetric energy and performance properties of the cell
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