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Published: 10 September 2019

Surrey to help develop lithium sulfur batteries

A project that aims to rapidly improve the performance of lithium sulfur batteries has been given a boost by the Faraday Institute, which announced that the initiative will share in a new £55million funding pot for energy storage research.

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Experts from the University of Surrey will work on the University College London (UCL) led LiSTAR project that will focus on both fundamental research at material and cell level, and an improved approach to system engineering to help make this potentially game-changing rechargeable battery technology commercially viable.

The Faraday Institute is the UK’s independent organization for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training and analysis. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, the Faraday Institute endeavours to make the UK the world authority for the research and development of the manufacture and production of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and wider relevant sectors.

The Principal Investigator of this project is Professor Paul Shearing of UCL. Other partners are Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Southampton and University of Surrey.

Dr Constantina Lekakou, Head of the Group of Functional and Energy Materials and Interfaces at the University of Surrey, said: “We are excited to work with UCL and other partners on this project. Lithium sulfur batteries could represent that much fabled step forward in battery technology. They are several challenges to overcome. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration between different academic teams and industrial partners are in the heart of LiSTAR and will ensure the project reaches its full potential.”