Sodium-ion batteries for large to medium-scale energy storage
A project awarded to the College of Engineering, Swansea University
Working principle of sodium-ion batteries
Applications of Sodium-ion technology
- Stationary Energy Storage: Off-grid and in-grid
- Renewable Energy Storage
- Buck-up systems (uninterrupted power supplies)
- Automotive (e.g. ships, planes and cars)
Benefits of Sodium-ion technology
- Availability and cost
- Drop-in solutions
- Energy density (similar to lithium-ion batteries LIBs)
- Powder density (similar to LIBs)
- Safety (improved thermal stability)
- Cycle Life (similar to LIBs)
The overall goal of the project is to develop high performance materials assemblies of electrodes and electrolytes that are easy to synthesize, safe, non-toxic, long-lasting and cheap in order to achieve a fully functional and ready to use Na-ion battery (aqueous and organic electrolytes) targeted specifically for large-scale stationary storage, at ambient temperature.
Professor Serena Margadonna
Improvements in the performance of energy storage systems is the only way forward to the implementation of renewable energies.
Mr Francesco Mazzali
An in-depth research on novel materials is essential to lead future developments in battery technology.
- NRN140 - In situ synchrotron study of ordered and disordered LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 as lithium ion battery positive electrode
- NRN140 - An Alternative Route to Pentavalent Postperovskite
- NRN140 - Chemical Structures of Specific Sodium Ion Battery Components Determined by Operando Pair Distribution Function and X-ray Diffraction Computed Tomography