|31 August 2016|

Scotland

Researchers at Scotland’s oldest university have made a breakthrough in the quest to discover a scaleable way to store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar.

Energy conversion technology holds the key to storing energy on a large scale and scientists at St Andrews University have developed a new method of electrochemical switching, which simplifies the manufacture of the electrodes required to deliver high, long-lasting energy activity.

Professor Irvine explains: “Fuel cell and electrolysis technologies offer great opportunities to deliver clean energy and impact on global warming in the immediate future. The technologies are already available; however advances in performance and durability are needed to allow rapid implementation. This study affords great enhancements in performance and provides means to reinvigorate during operation, greatly extending useful lifetime through intricate manipulation of nanostructural features.”