From materials to power electronics
The need for energy storage increases as society transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The new research project STORE, coordinated by Mid Sweden University, is set out to develop large-scale production of new electrical energy storage systems.
Researchers will work on energy storage in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, and the project encompasses the entire chain, from materials to power electronics. Nicklas Blomquist, researcher in material science, explains.
– The STORE project has three focus areas. Firstly, to find suitable materials and processes, secondly, to develop electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors. Last, but not least, to develop power electronics towards end applications for the green energy sector.
As part of the project, researchers are investigating the possibilities of creating paper-based electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors.
– By coating paper with graphene, you create a conductive surface that can act as electrodes in batteries. We have been conducting test runs using this method, and the results are very promising, says Nicklas Blomquist.