As we move towards cleaner, renewable fuel supplies we face new challenges. Primarily, how do we move, store and then release energy efficiently? Scientists across the Energy Technologies Research Institute (ETRI) are looking at developing new types of batteries and fuel cells that can be used in our vehicles, phones, cameras and computers.
The last few years have seen new generations of electric, hybrid and biofuel vehicles on the road, but they only account for a tiny proportion of current stock. One of the keys to creating a sustainable alternative to petrol or diesel could lie in hydrogen, a gas that only emits harmless water vapour, with no carbon outputs at point of use.A key problem to any type of energy producer from small scale micro generation right up to large scale power plants is to provide energy when you need it. As more and more renewables form an integral part of our energy network then the problem of storing energy is vital.
Microencapsulated phase change materials (PCMs) have high energy storage capacities and stable melting temperatures... read more
Generation of efficient catalysts for light-induced splitting of H2C into H2 and O2 has been receiving a lot of attention... read more
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