EU-project SONAR: Better batteries for electricity from renewable energy sources

idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Nachrichten, Termine, Experten

Grafik: idw-Logo
idw-Abo


Share on: 
01/17/2020 12:12

EU-project SONAR: Better batteries for electricity from renewable energy sources

Dipl.-Journalist (TU Dortmund) Michael Krapp Marketing und Kommunikation
Fraunhofer-Institut für Algorithmen und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen SCAI

    Electricity from renewable energy sources contributes to combat climate change. One of the challenges is to develop technologies for storing excesses in energy supplies quickly and without loss. Organic redox flow batteries (RFBs) promise a viable route to this end: operated where needed, they rely on matter-bound storage – just in analogy to nature's example.

    The benefits of an RFB system depend on many aspects: The perfect, redox-active material should smoothly accept or release electrons, while being soluble, stable, non-toxic and inexpensive. Moreover, the battery and tank systems should be customized to the specific requirements of the redox material and the site's conditions.

    The SONAR project funded by the European Commission aims at capturing the entire development process with all relevant aspects in a digital manner in order to accelerate the screening for suitable substances and the optimization of a battery system's design for specific operating conditions.

    The project partners develop tools and workflows for investigating electroactive materials up to whole battery systems. To this end, they combine simulation methods on different physical scales – ranging from the electronic/quantum level to the visible, macroscopic behavior. Factors such as cost, lifetime and performance are taken into account in order to compare competing energy storage technologies comprehensively.

    “To increase screening throughput, SONAR uses intelligent methods of data integration and data analysis, utilizing the growing amount of data generated during the project,” says Dr. Jan Hamaekers, head of the SCAI department Virtual Material Design and exploitation manager in the SONAR project. “For maximum reliability, we compare the results of simulations and models continuously to experimental data and validate predictions by lab measurements.”

    In SONAR, six project partners cooperate with five associated industrial companies. This will ensure the economic relevance of the results. Fraunhofer SCAI uses the models developed independently as well as in a comprehensive screening service to assess the technical and economic potential of a new technology in the early development phase. This reduces costs, shortens the time to market and thus strengthens the competitiveness of the battery industry in the European Union in the field of organic RFBs.

    The project starts as of January 1st 2020 and is to run for four years.


    Contact for scientific information:

    Dr. Jan Hamaekers
    Head of Business Area Virtual Material Design
    Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific ­Computing SCAI
    53754 Sankt Augustin
    E-Mail: jan.hamaekers@scai.fraunhofer.de


    More information:

    https://www.scai.fraunhofer.de/en/vmd


    Criteria of this press release:
    Business and commerce, Journalists, Scientists and scholars
    Chemistry, Electrical engineering, Energy, Information technology, Mathematics
    transregional, national
    Research projects, Transfer of Science or Research
    English


    Schematic illustration of a redox flow battery


    For download

    x

    Help

    Search / advanced search of the idw archives
    Combination of search terms

    You can combine search terms with and, or and/or not, e.g. Philo not logy.

    Brackets

    You can use brackets to separate combinations from each other, e.g. (Philo not logy) or (Psycho and logy).

    Phrases

    Coherent groups of words will be located as complete phrases if you put them into quotation marks, e.g. “Federal Republic of Germany”.

    Selection criteria

    You can also use the advanced search without entering search terms. It will then follow the criteria you have selected (e.g. country or subject area).

    If you have not selected any criteria in a given category, the entire category will be searched (e.g. all subject areas or all countries).

    Cookies optimize the use of our services. By surfing on idw-online.de you agree to the use of cookies. Data Confidentiality Statement
    Okay