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Sheffield University lands £2.6m energy storage development funding


The University of Sheffield has landed £2.6m of government funding to develop a prototype thermal energy storage system.

The system will enable optimised, flexible storage of heat within homes, providing benefits for both the occupant and the grid, and will be a collaborative effort between a number of universities

While Sheffield will develop the system, it will be manufactured by Loughborough University and deployed at the Creative Energy Homes campus at University of Nottingham.

Dr Rob Barthorpe, University of Sheffield, said: “Our focus now is to make this happen. We intend to successfully demonstrate these technologies within lived-in homes, and to work with our industrial partners on scale up and commercialisation activities to bring them to market as soon as possible.

“We believe these technologies have the potential to play a significant role in maximising usage of renewable sources, and could provide real help to consumers during events such as the current energy crisis.”

The new funding is part of a total of £32.9m worth of government funding awarded to projects across the UK to develop new energy storage technologies, such as thermal batteries and liquid flow batteries.

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