Energy storage

As we move towards 2050 the use of low carbon energy generation is likely to increase as part of efforts to meet the UK Government’s targets to reduce CO2 emissions. These changes will present challenges to the energy system and energy storage has been recognised as one method of managing these.

This priority area includes electrical and heat storage as well as other forms such as kinetic energy storage. Synthesis, characterisation and production of new and existing energy storage materials and devices together with their subsequent applications and any socio-economic implications of their use are also covered. Studies related to coupling of energy storage and intermittent sources of energy are inside this area. Hydrogen storage is not covered here as is it covered in Hydrogen and fuel cells.

Proposals are invited for focused centres applying under this priority area only and are expected to include a level of industry involvement. It is up to the applicant to justify the level of industry involvement in their proposal. In order to link excellence in training with excellence in research, proposals are expected to link with EPSRC’s large research investments in this area such as the energy storage Sustainable power generation and supply (SUPERGEN) and the Grand Challenges in Integrated Energy Storage and to provide details as to how they plan to do this.

Any centre and its students are also expected to network with others addressing energy challenges through the energy Centres for Doctoral Training network, appropriate resources should be requested to enable them to do this.