Sheffield shapes energy systems of the future

Engineers from the University of Sheffield are leading the way in the area of energy storage as part of a new collaborative project.

The team has been awarded a total of £520k from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a multi-institutional £5million project in Multi-scale Analysis for Facilities for Energy Storage (MANIFEST).

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Using the collective expertise and facilities that exist in the UK, the project will address research questions and tackle key issues in storage technologies currently being developed.

These issues include the materials used in energy storage technology, integration into existing systems, as well as using process modelling and data from pilot plants to improve our understanding.

By improving the understanding of physical processes and accelerating technology development, MANIFEST will help maximise the impact from existing UK facilities in both the national and international energy landscape.

Professor David Stone, Dr Dan Gladwin and Dr Martin Foster from the University’s Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Centre for Electrical Energy Storage and Applications are recipients of the grant.

Professor David Stone said: “The UK demands that more energy and storage systems are needed to balance supply. We’re delighted to be a part of this important project in researching new technologies and working with industry partners, of which the University of Sheffield has a great deal of expertise.”

The project will involve senior investigators with internationally leading reputations from across the UK, including academics from five universities, as well as drawing significant industrial support from the energy sector.

The recent results from the UK’s capacity market auction features several battery energy storage projects with around 500MW of this being allocated to new-build battery storage projects. This highlights the future importance of these technologies to keeping the lights on in the UK.