UNSW Engineering starts the VIP Project NextGEN

Within the framework of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) consortium, the University of New South Wales has started by piloting several different projects to commence in Term 1 2020, in the field of engineering. By joining VIP, students from second-year onwards form multidisciplinary teams to work on long term world-changing research projects.

Undergraduate students earn academic credit for their work, while academics and postgraduate students benefit from the extended efforts of their teams. Undergraduate students can join their team for a minimum one year to a maximum of three years. Each project can continue on for decades with new students replacing those who have graduated.

As part of VIP, CENELEST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal/Germany are partners in NextGEN. NextGEN is dedicated to the development of novel electrochemical storage systems for the storage of renewable energy and other applications.

NextGen is dedicated to the following research areas:
– Redox flow batteries
– Hybrid fuel cells
– Liquid metal batteries
– Electrolyte production and stability
– Cell and stack design
– System level design
– Computational hydraulic and electrochemical modelling
– Microgrid simulations

The academic director of NexGEN is Dr. Chris Menictas (c.menictas@unsw.edu.au).

For more information: https://www.challeng.unsw.edu.au/challeng-projects/nextgen-energy-storage

CENELEST at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Chris and Jens together with the team Sunswift of the UNSW accompanied the preparations and the qualification for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Darwin/Australia.
The World Solar Challenge is a car race in which solar-powered vehicles in different classes have to drive through the entire continent of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide. The distance is over 3000 km under the strict climatic conditions of the Australian outback.



ICESI 1-4 March 2020 Sydney

Members of CENELEST are co-organising the 2020 Meeting of the International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI 2020) in Sydney.

The International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) is a new international professional organization focusing on the science and technology challenges for grid scale energy and renewable energy integration.

The conference will cover three full days with a distinguished speaker, 2 plenary speakers and 42 invited speakers. The organising committee are pleased to announce that they have secured the services of the 2019 Nobel Laureate in chemistry Prof Michael Stanley Whittingham, the Founding Father of rechargeable lithium batteries, as the distinguished speaker.


ICESI is currently the only international organization that focuses on the scientific and technological challenges for the development and deployment of scalable energy storage technologies for electric grid and emerging market applications. ICESI annual conferences have a great tradition and unique style of blending fundamental research with practical applications to provide a vibrant mix of discussions on electrochemical power conversion and energy storage.

The purpose of ICESI is to establish an international forum to connect and industry in the world to address the long term scientific and technological challenges for the development and deployment of scalable energy storage technologies for electric grid and emerging market applications, and to serve as the authority, spokesperson and advocator for supporting energy storage research. In addition, ICESI will help identify the gaps in science, markets and technologies to promote collaboration in the international community and collaborations between the research community and industry, provide realistic assessment of current and future technologies, and provide guidance for long term research and long term investment. ICESI will also recognize and promote significant scientific and technological advances, individuals and teams who have made significant contributions in the field, establish new platforms and mechanisms to integrate and utilize the best resources in the scientific community and solve major scientific and technology challenges of key technologies, and speed up the transfer of these technologies to industry.

Performance Improvements and Cost Considerations of the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

Our valued member Maria Skyllas-Kazacos has published an article about cost considerations and performance improvements of vanadium redox flow batteries. Maria gives an overview of the influences of materials such as electrodes, membrane and electrolyte on the levelised cost of energy and how improvements can be made.

Performance Improvements and Cost Considerations of the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery.
Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, ECS Transactions 2019, 89, 29-45