University of Surrey set to start work on battery that can capture carbon dioxide emissions

The researchers involved hope the work will position the UK as a leader in portable energy storage

The University of Surrey is set to start work on developing a new battery that can capture carbon dioxide emissions.

Following an award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a project led by Dr Yunlong Zhao will undertake research into devices based on Li–CO2 electrochemical technology and aim to achieve a breakthrough in efficient carbon dioxide fixation to store energy.

The researchers involved hope the work will position the UK as a leader in portable energy storage through innovative advancements and the creation of new intellectual property.

Dr Zhao said: “The move to carbon-neutral forms of energy supplies is critical to the long-term health of our planet and we are hopeful that our ambitious new project will help to address this need.

“This project will look at fundamental studies of electrochemical mechanisms through a multimodal in situ characterisation platform developed in collaboration with National Physical Laboratory.”

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of ATI at the University of Surrey, said: “At the University of Surrey, we are not afraid of thinking outside of the box and thinking big – because big ideas are often required to tackle grand challenges. We are confident that this incredibly exciting, multidisciplinary project will lead to the fabled fundamental shift in battery technology.”

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