As per University statement, the Faraday Institution, based in Harwell, announced the funding as part of a 55-million-euro funding round for research into energy storage. The project would work on creating a safe sodium-ion battery with high performance, low-cost and long cycle life.
September 05, 2019. By News Bureau
A new battery research project, NEXGENNA, led by Scotland’s University of St Andrews, has established a 12-million-euro funding from a major funding body.
As per University statement, the Faraday Institution, based in Harwell, announced the funding as part of a 55-million-euro funding round for research into energy storage. The project would work on creating a safe sodium-ion battery with high performance, low-cost and a long cycle life.
“The relatively low cost of sodium-ion batteries makes them potentially attractive as a next generation technology, particularly for static energy storage applications where large batteries are needed, and for low-cost vehicles,” it said.
Such batteries can allow effective storage of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, allow electric cars to travel longer distances before needing to be recharged, and can also allow electric trains to run on non-electrified lines making currently non-economical routes, commercially viable.
Professor John Irvine of the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews believed: “This is a very exciting opportunity to develop a new strand of battery technology that the UK is uniquely well placed to lead the world through industry and academia working together.”
The project is led by Professor John Irvine and Dr Robert Armstrong of the University of St Andrews, with contributions from Lancaster University, the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of Sheffield and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
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