This theme involves rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, electrolysers, and power-to-gas technologies. Our research activities spread from fundamentals (atomistic modelling of electrodes) all the way to real-life (battery degradation) and larger-scale applications (Lancaster Hydrogen Hub).
In the LiNaMAN project, Lancaster University is working alongside LiNa Energy and the Centre for Process Innovation (National Formulation Centre) to take the LiNa cell concept and apply modern materials and process engineering to demonstrate successful operation. LiNa Energy Ltd is a Lancaster based micro SME that is founded upon a novel sodium cell which unlocks the high power/energy density potential of established battery chemistry whilst giving many additional product advantages such as vastly improved safety, rapid starting and reduced product complexity.
Multi-Scale Modelling of Lithium-Ion Batteries
In this consortium led by Imperial College, we work on three main tasks:
- Visualisation and data management (VISDAM) (Denes Csala)
- Atomistic modelling of phase transitions and how they appear in voltage/entropy profiles (Michael Mercer)
- Lithium-Ion Battery Ageing: Observation, Explanation, Forecasting (Harry Hoster)
UK Niche Vehicle Battery Cell Supply Chain (Harry Hoster and Nuria Tapia Ruiz)
This project (led by AGM Batteries) will bring battery cell manufacture back to the UK. For that, we rely on one of the UK's strong existing manufacturing sectors: niche vehicles, also known as specialized vehicles. These are produced in smaller numbers as compared to passenger cars. UK companies producing these vehicles are thus having more difficulties sourcing cells on the global markets at affordable prices, given the general shortage of cell supplies. For a newly established UK cell manufacturing sector, this provides business opportunities with less price pressure and no tax barriers. Here, we bring together companies all the way from battery materials to vehicle manufacturers.
The Lancaster team oversees the problem of battery lifetime prediction and warranty assurance provision (see also project pozibot).