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University of Sheffield Engineers Trial Revolutionary Energy Storage Technology to Cut Household Bills and Achieve UK’s Net Zero Goal

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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.

  • University of Sheffield researchers are testing new energy storage technology that could reduce household bills and support the UK’s net zero ambitions.
  • The technology stores excess energy from renewable sources and releases it during peak times or to compensate for supply shortfalls.
  • The trial is being conducted at the University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes, providing a living test-site for energy efficient technologies.
  • 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.

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    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.

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