The amount of fluctuating renewable energies in the electrical grids is increasing worldwide, and with it the demand for inexpensive ways of storing energy. One variant is electrochemical storage systems such as stationary batteries to provide decentralized energy reserves. Today’s available systems are mainly lead/acid, lithium-ion, sodium-sulfur and redox flow batteries. Each of these technologies has its specific advantages and disadvantages which affect the storage costs. To reduce costs, therefore, in addition to optimizing existing technologies, alternative types of batteries can be investigated and developed that have the potential for inexpensive and safe energy storage in the future. An interesting technology is the iron/iron redox flow battery. Unlike its similar representative, the vanadium redox flow battery, Fe/Fe-RFB use inexpensive and widely available iron salts as active material for energy storage and are therefore potentially extremely inexpensive. However, this technology is little studied and needs further development to commercialize future cheap and safe energy storage for renewable energy.
By varying cell geometries and components, battery tests are to be performed and the properties of the batteries are to be characterized and optimized by different electrochemical and physical methods.
Requirements and general conditions
Degree program chemistry, physics, chemical or physical engineering or comparable.
Fraunhofer ICT – Pfinztal/Germany
For further information please contact Adj. Assoc. Prof. (UNSW) Jens Noack (Tel.: +49 (721) 4640870. E-mail: Jens.Noack@ict.fraunhofer.de) or Prof. Dr. Karsten Pinkwart (Tel.: +49 (721) 4640322. E-mail: Karsten.Pinkwart@ict.fraunhofer.de)