Environment Battery research a boost for renewable energy viability

Battery research a boost for renewable energy viability

With news that renewable energy technologies are increasingly beating both fossil fuels and nuclear energy on costs, work by UTS’s Centre for Clean Energy Technology on more efficient battery technology is helping lower one more hurdle to the ascendancy of clean energy.

Led by Professor Guoxiu Wang, the centre’s research is focused upon the development of advanced battery technology and its applications in portable electronics and electric vehicles as well as renewable energy storage and conversion.

One of his current projects is funded by the AutoCRC and relates to the development of lithium ion batteries to power the next generation electric vehicles.

A team led by Professor Wang has also been backed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to develop a low-cost, high density renewable energy storage system using lithium-sulphur batteries.

Professor Wang said lithium-sulphur battery technology is currently the most promising and cost-effective option for large-scale energy storage. “They have high energy density, long service life and also are safe to operate,” he said.

“The focus of this project is to find a storage solution.  Solar energy is not continuous; it is only when you have sunshine that you can generate electricity. The same goes for wind and other renewable energy sources. We intend to develop a rechargeable battery that can store these renewable energy sources and make them available for later use.”

The goal of this research is to develop a prototype battery product suitable for application in single dwellings, isolated communities, for government and energy industries in Australia and worldwide.

Read more here: University of Technology.