Energy storage plays a crucial role in success of renewable energy technologies, and NCPRE’s Energy Storage group is focussing on various aspects of battery research. The activities are focused on development and optimization of prototype cells and tailoring their performance to meet solar applications. In addition to this, activities such as modeling and simulation of cell performance is being looked at to provide insights into further device development. The development of better materials for conventional Li-ion technology as well as upcoming technologies such as Na-ion will also soon be examined. Initial development of novel technologies such as flow batteries and solid state/printed batteries will also be looked at. The ultimate objective of battery development activities at NCPRE is to fine-tune conventional technology, select the best possible alternatives, incorporate the results of the research components and integrate everything to provide solutions for different scales of solar energy storage systems.
The Energy Storage group is headed by Prof. Sagar Mitra.