The Battery and Solar Theme consists of two of the most critical technologies for the energy transition to net zero.
Solar energy is one of the most abundant energy sources available, with the earth’s surface receiving enough energy from the sun to satisfy the global energy demand several thousand times over. Solar photovoltaic (PV) devices convert energy from the sun directly into electricity. Solar PV has seen a remarkable price decrease over the past five years and is now comparable with wind. Furthermore, solar thermal is a key technology to help in the decarbonisation of heat.
Energy storage is becoming increasingly important due to the increasing energy demand for economic and social development. Storage of energy is fast becoming one of the principal challenges facing the energy sector. In particular, when renewable energy generation outstrips demand, in periods of high generation, battery technology and energy storage can steps-in and provide balance to energy utilisation issues.
The Batteries and Solar Theme is led by Professor Graeme Cooke at the University of Glasgow and Dr Thomas Jones at the University of Dundee. ETP universities have significant expertise in the physics, chemistry and engineering of established and emerging technologies in solar cells and batteries, and are well-placed to support industries developing these technologies.