The highly respected science journal NATURE has listed ten research collaborations between German research institutions and the world. Among them is the German-Australian Alliance for Electrochemical Technologies for Storage of Renewable Energy CENELEST. CENELEST offers a wide range of opportunities for students, doctoral candidates and scientists, especially in the field of redox flow batteries at the locations in Sydney in Australia and in Germany.
Full article: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-00918-z
After almost two years, it was possible to travel to Australia again in March 2022. During the same period, work at UNSW was limited. For this reason, mainly inventory work took place in preparation for future projects, as well as preparation for participation in Smart Energy 2022 in Sydney. If all goes well, the work in CENELEST will intensify significantly again in the course of the year. Furthermore, the exchange of staff will hopefully also increase significantly again.
At the end of November 2021, the autumn school of the “Nordic Flow Battery Network” took place in Turku, Finland. It was hosted by the University of Turku under the leadership of the EU-funded COMPBAT project. Similar to SONAR, COMPBAT is concerned with the development of a high-throughput screening process to search for new organic active materials for redox flow batteries.
Over the three-day event, a variety of speakers reported on different topics in the research and development of redox flow batteries. PhD students were given the opportunity to present posters on their work, give talks or exchange information. The last day of the autumn school was entirely organised by the PhD students in Turku. The speakers were from a mixture of academic and commercial backgrounds, so that application-related content was also presented beside basic research.
Among the invited speakers were Prof. Dr. Piotr de Silva from the Technical University of Denmark and Prof. Dr. Jens Noack from Fraunhofer ICT, who are both involved in SONAR. Piotr gave a talk on DFT calculations (DFT – density functional theory) in general and specifically in relation to flow batteries. Jens gave a short overview of the development of flow batteries over the last 15 years at Fraunhofer ICT.
Like last year, CENELEST will participate in the largest renewable energy event in Australia. CENELEST will showcase what its engineers and scientists can contribute to the development of storage for renewable energy. Among other things, a working demonstrator for a simulation-based high-throughput screening of organic active materials for novel redox flow batteries from Project SONAR will be presented this time.
The demonstrator allows the calculation of parameters such as redox potentials and cell voltages on the basis of optimised scale models. For this purpose, the user can enter structural formulae of organic chemical compounds and obtain the results within a few seconds. The high-throughput screening will later be able to select from hundreds of thousands of organic compounds those with the highest potential for application as active materials for novel redox flow batteries and calculate their properties.
The Smart Energy Council Conference and Exhibition is the largest meeting place for renewable energy topics in Australia and will take place this year on 4-5 May at the ICC in Sydney, Australia.
We wish everyone a good start into the new year 2022, good health and much success!