In the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory and the Electrochemical Energy Systems and Transport Laboratory, faculty members Fuqiang Liu, Ph.D. and Ertan Agar, Ph.D. are designing new energy conversion and storage systems that can make renewable energy more widespread.
The State of Grid Energy Storage in Massachusetts (pdf) was discussed at The Role of Energy Storage in our Carbon-Free Future event at UMass Lowell in Fall 2019.
The Electrochemical Energy Systems and Transport Laboratory (E2STL) has an overarching goal to advance the science and engineering of flow assisted electrochemical energy systems, particularly redox flow batteries. Redox flow battery is a promising, large-scale energy storage technology which is mainly used for intermittent renewable sources like wind and solar. The flow-assisted nature of redox flow batteries presents major challenges that hinder their widespread implementation.
The E2STL seeks to address these critical challenges using its existing, different kinds of research expertise:
The primary research interests of the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory are centered on fundamental materials development and new processes in solving one of the most critical issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy. In particular, we focus on electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy generation and storage, solar energy conversion through photoelectrochemical reactions, ion-conductive membranes for electrochemical systems, nanostructured materials, CFD simulation of energy conversion devices, and in situ characterization of advanced batteries.
Current research activities include: