Program Information

This training program will focus on the development of the energy conversion and storage technologies that will be essential to deliver a low carbon energy system. To increase the penetration of intermittent renewable generation, new energy conversion and storage technologies are needed. Four technology themes will be included: large scale batteries for storing intermittent renewable wind and solar electricity generation; innovative solid state lithium batteries for automotive applications; fuel cells for efficient conversion of fuel to electricity for transport or combined heat and power, and processes which store energy by capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into a fuel.

Four technology themes will be included: large scale batteries for storing intermittent renewable wind and solar electricity generation; innovative solid state lithium batteries for automotive applications; fuel cells for efficient conversion of fuel to electricity for transport or combined heat and power, and processes which store energy by capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into a fuel. Key to successful development of these technologies will be new, low cost materials which have high performance and durability. Thus trainees on this program will develop expertise in materials for electrochemical energy conversion technologies. In addition, we will provide training on the economic barriers for these technologies so that the research can target the critical issues. They will learn about technology transfer challenges such as intellectual property, scale up, regulation and investment. In addition to economic barriers they will study environmental sustainability, and evaluate the environmental performance of the technologies they are working on. The program will thus develop trainees technical expertise, and combine this with economic and environmental perspectives.

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