National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Study of Redox Flow Battery Technology

The University of Kentucky (UK) last week said that its researchers will work with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study redox flow battery (RFB) technology under a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

UK chemistry professors synthesized new organic compounds as donors and acceptors to use in the development and investigation of a prototype RFB for use in large-scale energy storage applications.

The grant was awarded under the NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation project, which focuses on incorporating high concentration organic electrolytes for RFBs into functional, high-voltage, stationary batteries.

According to NSF, the project investigates nonaqueous RFBs containing organic electro-active species. This proposed type of RFB, NSF said, has the following features relative to other RFB designs:

  • Higher operating voltages
  • Noncorrosive electrolytes
  • Smaller size
  • Use of scalable organic active materials — more environmentally friendly and potentially lower cost

The study is expected to conclude at the end of 2018.

Lead image credit: John Phelan | CC BY 3.0 | Wikimedia Commons


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