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Imperial College London

UK and China launch virtual energy research centre

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 15:31 -- John Shepherd
Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of Engineering at ICL (left) & Qikun Xue, VP for Research at Tsinghua

Imperial College London (ICL) and Tsinghua University are launching a virtual centre to collaborate on pioneering research into advanced energy systems.

The universities have agreed to jointly study “next-generation technologies and intelligent control strategies” towards low-carbon power and energy systems.

The centre will be the latest collaboration between the two universities, which have previously worked together on research projects including ‘the role of energy storage in enhancing operation and stability performance of sustainable power systems’.

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Batteries to be ‘cheapest electricity storage option’

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Oliver Schmidt

Lithium-ion batteries will be “the cheapest way to store electricity, such as from solar or wind farms,” by 2050, according to a new study.

Researchers at Imperial College London calculated the cost of storing energy with different technologies, including large-scale batteries and pumped-storage hydroelectricity, and forecast those costs into the future.

Lead researcher Oliver Schmidt (pictured), from the Grantham Institute and the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial, said: “Our model is the first to project full energy storage costs into the future, allowing predictions of which technology will be most competitive in a particular application at a particular time.”

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