A UK University has teamed up with China to create a joint research institute for developing energy storage systems.
The University of Leeds is working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to focus on thermal and mechanical based energy storage systems. These new technologies are expected to overcome problems with other methods such as batteries and hydro power plants.
Energy storage will be needed to meet the demands on electricity grids in the future as we move to using more renewable power.
The research projects will develop and test new materials for energy storage and explore methods for transferring and using energy more efficiently.
Professor Suojiang Zhang, Director of Institute of Process Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences said: “The joint research combines the strengths of the two technically complementary organisations, which will promote the fast transfer of knowledge in the energy storage area and drive new technologies out of the lab and into the market.”
The £4million research has around 45 researchers working on more than 20 projects.