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Allen Bard Awarded Grant to Improve Energy Storage on the Grid

Allen Bard Awarded Grant to Improve Energy Storage on the Grid
Chemist Allen Bard has been awarded a grant to improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.

Bard-Allen-2011   11592-sepia-webAUSTIN, Texas—Two research groups at The University of Texas at Austin, one of which is led by celebrated chemist Allen Bard, have been awarded grants to develop technologies that could dramatically improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.

The grants, which were awarded to scientists at the Center for Electrochemistry and the Center for Electromechanics, are part of Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project, which has given approximately $104 million since its launch in 2002.

This round of grants is focused on new approaches for developing high-efficiency electrochemical storage systems and flywheels (rotating devices that convert stored kinetic energy into electricity).

Allen Bard and Jeremy Meyers of the Center for Electrochemistry are being funded to work on enhanced electrolyte energy storage systems.

Their research will seek to introduce transformative changes in the construction and composition of the redox flow battery, a promising but so-far expensive technology that stores electrical energy as chemical energy like a battery does, but can be made large enough to store energy for the electric utility grid. Large-scale energy storage is needed in order to maximize the amount of energy generation from solar and wind sources.

Robert Hebner, Richard Thompson and Siddharth Pratap of the Center for Electromechanics will use their grant to work on low-cost flywheel energy storage.

Their 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.

"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 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.

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