The energy transition is one of the biggest challenges of the coming decades. Characteristic of renewable energy sources such as PV (solar panels) and wind is that the production of electricity is not constant. Production does not always match demand. In order to achieve the targets set for sustainable generation, it is crucial to develop large-scale energy storage, so that supply and demand can be matched to different timescales.
Storage via electrochemical production of molecules has great potential, but there are still major challenges. The RELEASE programme, funded by the NWO Crossover scheme, meets these challenges. This involves fundamental understanding of the performance of electrodes and other components of electrochemical cells to the development of complete systems. Systems that are not only efficient, but also avoid the use of scarce materials and systems that absorb CO2 directly from the air that convert it into molecules.
Unique to RELEASE is that:
At the same time, technologies (hydrogen, hydrocarbon from CO2 and flow batteries) are being developed at different stages of development (TRL), allowing optimal cross-fertilisation between fundamental and applied science. This will also make it possible to provide solutions for both the short (2030) and long term (2050).
It addresses not only technical challenges, but also non-technical ones such as governance, systems integration and public policy.
A consortium of 34 universities, colleges of higher education, research institutes, businesses and public authorities and cooperation with 6 living labs provides a broad and solid basis for RELEASE’s success.
Achieving breakthroughs in the development and application of large-scale energy storage through electrochemical production of molecules.
Prof. Dr. Paulien Herder, TU Delft
A consortium of 34 universities, colleges, research institutes, companies and governments and cooperation with 6 living labs
NWO – Crossover
More information about this project can be found here.