Mines receives funding for energy storage research

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Mines receives funding for energy storage research

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 18, 2011 – Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities, including $1.5 million to Colorado School of Mines, to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.
Twelve investigators from across the United States will participate in the initiative focusing on three innovative technologies.
Researchers working on the Mines project, Novel Solid Oxide Flow Batteries, will develop a unique type of flow battery that stores energy in methane and other gases, and then uses the stored fuel to generate electricity like a fuel cell. Investigators are Robert Kee and Robert Braun from Mines and Scott Barnett of Northwestern University. (For more information, see the article “Saving for a Cloudy Day” on page 18 of this year’s “Energy and the Earth” research magazine.)
The other research projects include:
  • Enhanced Electrolyte Energy Storage Systems: This research seeks to introduce transformative changes in the construction and composition of the redox flow battery, a promising but expensive technology that stores and generates electricity by pumping streams of charged materials (electrolytes) across a membrane. Investigators: Jeremy Meyers and Allen Bard, University of Texas-Austin; and Thomas Zawodzinski Jr. and Alex Papandrew, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

  • Low-Cost Flywheel Energy Storage: This 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. Investigators: Robert Hebner, Richard Thompson and Siddharth Pratap, University of Texas-Austin; and Ray Baughman and Shaoli Fang, University of Texas-Dallas.
  • 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.

David Tauchen, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3088 / DTauchen@mines.edu
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu
Marsha Williams, Director of Marketing / 303-273-3326 / MarsWill@mines.edu

Sally Benson, GCEP: (650) 725-0358, smbenson@stanford.edu
Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy: (650) 723-9296, mshwartz@stanford.edu
Maxine Lym, Global Climate and Energy Project: (650) 725-3228, maxlym@stanford.edu

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