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Reference Number EP/N508639/1
Title Scaled Electricity Storage Using Lithium-Sulfur 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) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor J Irvine
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University of St Andrews
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2015
End Date 31 March 2016
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £137,564
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J Irvine , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr PA Connor , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
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Abstract The University of St Andrews and OXIS Energy Ltd will collaborate in order to demonstrate a lithium-sulfur (Li-S) flowbattery. Li-S chemistry has two key advantages; it uses cheap and abundant raw materials; and delivers vastly improvedenergy density in comparison to incumbent technologies. Li-S batteries are therefore cheaper per unit of energy storedthan incumbent technologies. The proposed project will seek to demonstrate how this can be exploited together with anovel Redox Flow Battery (RFB) design to deliver cost effective energy storage at a grid level. The project will demonstratethe operation of a lab scale Li-S RFB. This will involve the design and construction of new test hardware; the developmentof new electrolyte formulations; the testing of novel electrode materials and composites; and finally the investigation ofoperation conditions. The resulting battery will establish the commercial feasibility of the concept for stationary applications,where large battery capacity and low cost are essential. This inexpensive grid-scale battery promises to efficiently connect intermittent renewables to the grid thus increasing energy security while simultaneously reducing both bills and emissions
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