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Thursday, 24 October 2019

FLOWBAT project selected for funding by the CSIC

A new project aiming at developing scalable energy batteries based on redox flow will be funded by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) over the next 15 months. The ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials group will contribute to this study.

The FLOWBAT project pursues the development of scalable energy storage systems based on vanadium redox flow and prototype construction in the MWh order of magnitude. It has been selected for 15-month funding by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in the framework of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Platforms grants. This research will be carried out by a collaboration of groups located at different CSIC centres (INCAR, University of Zaragoza, UPC, ICB, ICMAB, ICN2, UPV, ICTP), under the coordination of Dr Ricardo Santamaría of the National Institute of Coal (CSIC-INCAR) of Oviedo.

CSIC Prof. Pedro Gomez and Dr Raul Benages, of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials group, together with Carlos Marchante and Anukriti Pokhtiyal, PhD students in the same group, will contribute their expertise in energy storage systems. In particular, they will conduct a comparative technical and economic study on energy storage based on flow cells in a distributed regime compared to a centralized one. This analysis will provide a useful tool for future advances in this technology. They will also develop new electroactive materials.

The CSIC Interdisciplinary Thematic Platforms grants are oriented at fostering collaborations between research centres, industries and other relevant actors to tackle concrete problems within a defined strategy and time scale.