University of Warwick

The University of Warwick leads ERA’s integrated energy systems research theme (I-ERA), and contributes to ERA’s thermal energy research theme (T-ERA).

Through I-ERA, the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) will create facilities unique in the UK to enable research to deliver integrated energy approaches based on electro-chemical energy storage to address major energy use markets – buildings, transport and manufacturing.

Research will support innovation and growth, through a focus on:

  • New Battery Chemistry: New generations of Lithium-ion batteries with radically improved performance; lower cost and safer elements. Exploring Sodium chemistries to create cheap, sustainable sodium-ion batteries for static storage systems.
  • Electro mechanical behaviour: Research into the mechanical properties of batteries and the effects of mechanical loading to support a drive towards lighter-weight batteries.
  • Second life applications: Batteries retired from life in an electric vehicle retain significant economic value and can potentially be used for meeting the recognised need for energy storage linked to the electricity distribution system.
  • Supercapacitors and High Rate Chemistries: Research will create new understanding of processes at the electrolyte-electrode interface and the effects of electrode architecture.