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

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"Thanks to support from GCEP, we now have a unique opportunity to provide sufficient proof of concept to justify further investment in solid oxide flow batteries and help advance this critical new technology," said Barnett, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern.

Low-Cost Flywheel Energy Storage: This program will investigate two novel designs: pendulum and hubless flywheels that use high-strength carbon nanomaterials with superconducting qualities to increase energy storage capacity at a significantly reduced cost.

Investigators: Robert Hebner, Richard Thompson and Siddharth Pratap,

University of Texas-Austin; and Ray Baughman and Shaoli Fang, University of Texas-Dallas.

"The GCEP award will allow us to advance the understanding of revolutionary flywheel designs, which have the potential for a 10-fold decrease in the cost of stored energy compared to other technologies," said Thompson, senior engineering scientist at the UT-Austin Center for Electromechanics.

GCEP is a collaboration of the scientific and engineering communities in academia and industry. With the support and participation of ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger and Toyota, GCEP explores science that could lead to energy technologies that are efficient, environmentally benign and cost-effective.

"It is extremely gratifying to see GCEP provide funding to institutions across the country for collaborative research in energy storage," said Gary Leonard, chair of the GCEP management committee and technology director for aero-thermal and mechanical systems at GE. "Each of these awards has a strong potential to produce game-changing technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on global climate change."


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Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University
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