The University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool launched a new consortium to develop new graphene-based energy storage devices. The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) granted £3.3 million ($5 million) to the consortium.
The University of Manchester will build a new grid-scale energy storage test facility, that will also be made available to industrial partners. This will allow energy storage systems to be fully tested before widespread deployment. The new facility will be operational by 2014.
The UK government awarded grants totaling £85 million ($130 million) to 20 universities to fund three of the eight great technologies the government marked. This £3.3 million grant was one of those grants. The eight great technologies are:
- The big data revolution and energy-efficient computing
- Satellites and commercial applications of space
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Life sciences, genomics and synthetic biology
- Regenerative medicine
- Advanced materials and nano-technology
- Energy and its storage
Source: The University of Manchester