Reversible Large-scale Energy Storage

The energy transition is one of the most significant societal challenges of the coming decades. It requires a profound transformation of the power sector, the industry sector, the mobility sector, agriculture and the built environment. Decarbonization of these sectors can only be achieved by extensive electrification, based on renewable sources instead of fossil sources. 

Hydrogen technology is regarded as very promising to store energy effectively and efficiently. In this perspective, the RELEASE project creates fundamental scientific breakthroughs, technological solutions and policy measures that are critical for enhancing performance and reducing the cost of large-scale energy storage systems, based on electrochemical conversion of electricity into molecules, for both the 2030 and 2050 horizon.

RELEASE connects world-leading experts in the relevant scientific disciplines at seven universities and four universities of applied science, industry, and government.

Design researchers from IDE TU Delft participate in Research Line 2: System integration and fair governance. They aim to develop feasible and responsible system architectures, business models and policy options for integrating large scale energy storage in existing and future energy systems and support the substitution of fossil fuels as raw materials in the industrial sector.

More specifically, in close collaboration with NHL-Stenden, the IDE team will research how the (social) acceptance of the new technology in real life can be optimised. The team intends to combine research perspectives of social network contagion within a field lab. The objective is to design an approach for detecting success factors for the societal acceptance of the new technology as well as of an action repertoire to fulfil these factors.

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