Design, fabrication, and characterization of electrodes for e-fuel energy storage systems
Project Description

The e-fuel system is a promising solution to the energy storage challenge of renewable energy systems with intermittent sources (e.g., wind and solar power)[1]. As a critical component, the electrode plays a critical role in determining the performance of the e-fuel charger or discharger because it not only provides active sites for the redox reactions but also the pathways for mass/ion transport. Due to the limited surface area and random structure, the e-fuel systems installed with conventional electrodes such as carbon/graphite felts exhibit poor electrochemical performance. This project aims to design, fabricate and characterize advanced electrodes for the e-fuel systems that can offer high reactive surface area and low flow resistance.
Reference:
[1] H.R. Jiang, L. Wei, X.Z. Fan, W. Shyy, T.S. Zhao, 2019, "A novel energy storage system incorporating electrically rechargeable liquid fuels as the storage medium," Science Bulletin 64 (2019) 270-280.

Supervisor
ZHAO Tianshou
Co-Supervisor
ZHAO Tianshou
XU, Jianbo
Quota
1
Course type
UROP1100
Applicant's Roles

The student will review the literature to understand the working principle of the e-fuel systems; design, fabricate, and characterize advanced electrodes; present and write reports. Candidate with lab skills preferred.

Applicant's Learning Objectives

Understand the operating principle of the e-fuel systems; Develop academic writing and presentation skills; Master necessary lab skills.

Complexity of the project
Moderate