Underpinning energy research
Energy technologies are broad and varied; however, there are scientific areas that underpin research across disciplines. Energy storage and materials research are the two most important.
Energy storage, including electrical, heat and kinetic energy storage, is an important area that can underpin and enable many of the technologies being developed as part of our efforts to meet the governments 2050 targets. Energy storage can contribute as a potential method of levelling energy supply to match demand. In addition to this the potential electrification of vehicles means that good energy storage solutions are needed for this.
Materials for energy research does contribute directly to every energy discipline. All types of power generation have a requirement for cheaper, more robust, lighter and more efficient materials. The challenge the sector faces is to engage the wider materials research community to the challenges that the energy sector faces in developing non fossil fuel energy technologies.