Work Package 12
In the Energy Storage Work Package, we develop and improve energy storage technologies by integrating graphene and layered materials into supercapacitors and batteries. In particular, our work covers the following areas:
- Designing and constructing lithium ion batteries using graphene-silicon anodes, which outperform available commercial products.
- Devising novel, more sustainable solutions based on graphene and layered materials, compatible with our innovative spray-coating roll-to-roll technology, to make supercapacitor electrodes.
- Developing alternative technologies for a new generation of lithium-sulfur and metal-air batteries.
Charging towards commercial applications
We are working towards bringing established energy storage technologies, such as lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors, to a new level of performance in terms of power and energy density, stability and temperature range – as well as minimising the environmental impact. We do this by exploiting the favourable properties of graphene and layered materials as components in composite materials for electrodes. We also work closely with our partner companies, and thanks to this collaboration, the potential to scale up our technologies and release real products in the short-to-medium term is very high.
Graphene Flagship Spearhead Project GRAPES makes cost-effective and stable photovoltaic panels with graphene and layered materials
By the end of Graphene Flagship Core 3 in 2023, our Spearhead Project GrEEnBat plans to enter the four-year automotive development cycle with their battery module.
Cecilia Mattevi was an invited speaker at Graphene Week 2021, where she showed us her exciting work on the 3D-printing of energy storage devices – with the help of graphene. "We are very interested in layered materials, in particular graphene, for energy applications" she says.
High-tech materials such as graphene, which were once only available in laboratories, are now being used throughout cities in a variety of applications, to enable the effective deployment of smart city infrastructure.
In this interview, Palermo shares his views on research, innovation and collaboration, and speculates on where the next successes of graphene and related materials will come from.