The increased use of intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind power makes energy storage absolutely essential. For many purposes, the most efficient way of storing electricity is to use batteries, one example being lithium ion batteries. At TU Delft we focus on the use of nanotechnology to increase the capacity, safety and charging speed of batteries and reduce their weight. We are also working with partners in the automobile industry to develop better batteries for electric vehicles.
At TU Delft, we are developing technology that will enable hydrogen to be used as a large-scale energy carrier, both for transport purposes and for the storage of energy from large fluctuating energy sources, such as offshore wind farms. Our researchers are focusing on technology for sustainable production, safe storage and use in efficient fuel cells and are also investigating alternatives such as the storage of energy in chemicals like ammonia, methane and methanol.
The following research groups offer graduation projects in the storage profile:
- Chemical Engineering/Materials for Energy Conversion & Storage (Applied Sciences)
- Radiation Science and Technology/Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Energy (Applied Sciences)
- Fuel cells for works arising gases Tata Steel, IJmuiden, The Netherlands
- Overcoming the detrimental effects of the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER) on Ni-Fe(S) batteries.
- The Battolyzer. Combined short- and long-term energy storage.
- Feasibility of combined heat, hydrogen and power production by Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells.