Revolutionary energy storage technology being trialled by University of Sheffield engineers
New energy storage technology is currently being tested by researchers from the University of Sheffield, offering the potential to significantly reduce household bills and help the UK achieve its net zero goals. The technology stores excess energy generated from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, for use during peak times.
Long-term storage and agile solutions
The Advanced Distributed Storage for Grid Benefit Project (ADSorB), led by University of Sheffield researchers, aims to commercialize new thermal energy storage technologies developed at the University of Loughborough. The project evaluated Thermochemical Storage (TCS) and Phase Change Material (PCM) technologies, which offer longer term and shorter term storage respectively. By combining these technologies, carbon emissions can be significantly reduced, and a more flexible approach to renewable energy storage can be achieved.
Modular thermal energy stores for homes
The developed technologies have been adapted into modular thermal energy stores that can be easily integrated into homes, whether as part of a retrofit or in new builds. These prototypes have been installed in the homes of residents at the University of Nottingham’s test site. This approach allows households to benefit from reduced bills and also supports the UK’s net zero goals by reducing grid reliance and carbon emissions.
Dr Rob Barthorpe from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Mechanical Engineering expressed excitement about the milestone reached and the opportunity to generate data that demonstrates the benefits of distributed energy storage. The project team includes researchers from Nottingham and Loughborough universities, as well as Mixergy, a leader in grid-connected hot water storage.
Mark Gillott, Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of Nottingham, highlighted the importance of finding effective alternatives to soaring household bills. Thermal energy storage presents a solution that addresses both cost and environmental concerns.