Graduate Research School Available Projects Production of optimal Iron Flow Battery in Australia for local use and global export

Production of optimal Iron Flow Battery in Australia for local use and global export

Title of Project

Production of optimal Iron Flow Battery in Australia for local use and global export

Advisor/s

Dr Greg Wheatley, Dr Liyuan Fan

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

“The price of renewable energy is dropping rapidly. Energy storage will be needed to take full advantage of abundant but intermittent energy sources. Even with economies of scale, the price is prohibitively high for a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing tens of kilowatts of energy for many consumers. A more abundant and less expensive material is necessary. All-iron chemistry presents a transformative opportunity for stationary energy storage: it is simple, cheap, abundant, and safe. All-iron batteries can store energy by reducing iron (II) to metallic iron at the anode and oxidizing iron (II) to iron (III) at the cathode. The total cell is highly stable, efficient, non-toxic, and safe. The total cost of materials is $0.1 per watt-hour of capacity at wholesale prices. This battery may be a useful component of open source hardware projects that require a safe and ecologically friendly battery. This is also one of the few battery chemistries that can be built safely in a DIY setting.” (1) The project focuses on the production of an optimal Iron Flow Battery in Australia for local use and global export. (1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468067219300318

Key Words

renewable energy; iron flow battery; Australia

Would suit an applicant who

has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 15 Apr 2021