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GCEP awards $3.5 million for energy research
Date:9/22/2011

Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.

The awards bring the total number of GCEP-supported research programs to 86, with total funding of approximately $104 million since the project's launch in 2002.

"GCEP is delighted to announce our first research awards in the area of advanced grid energy storage," said GCEP Director Sally Benson, a research professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford. "Finding dependable, low-cost ways to store electricity is the key to future grid reliability, especially given the rapid growth of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power."

This GCEP research initiative focuses on new approaches for developing high-efficiency electrochemical storage systems and flywheels rotating devices that convert stored kinetic energy into electricity.

Twelve investigators from across the United States will participate in the initiative focusing on three innovative technologies:

Enhanced Electrolyte Energy Storage Systems: This research seeks to introduce transformative changes in the construction and composition of the redox flow battery, a promising but expensive technology that stores and generates electricity by pumping streams of charged materials (electrolytes) across a membrane.

Investigators: Jeremy Meyers and Allen Bard, University of Texas-Austin; and Thomas Zawodzinski Jr. and Alex Papandrew, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Novel Solid Oxide Flow Batteries: The goal of this program is to develop a unique type of flow battery that stores energy in methane and other gases, and then uses the stored fuel to generate electricity like a fuel cell.

Investigators: Scott Barnett, Northwestern University; Robert Kee and Robert Braun, Colorado School of Mines
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Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University
Source:Eurekalert

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