£36m for Swansea research on power-generating buildings

Swansea University will receive £36m to develop building materials which generate power, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

The technology, using heat and light to make electricity, could replace conventional walls, roofs and windows.

The power could be used in homes, workplaces, schools and hospitals, with the energy stored and released by “smart energy systems”.

Mr Hammond said the aim was to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

Excess power could be sold back to the National Grid.

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EU countries agree to explore hydrogen as energy source

BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – European Union energy ministers agreed on Tuesday to pool efforts to increase the use of hydrogen in transport and power as part of the bloc’s attempt to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

The non-binding initiative, seen by Reuters and endorsed by 25 EU nations, calls for governments to increase cooperation on research into the potential for hydrogen use in energy storage, transport, power and heating.

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UK announces £25m EV battery challenge

Businesses with innovative projects to develop batteries for future electric vehicles (EVs) are being invited to bid for a share of £25 million.

It is part of the £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge, which aims to develop high-performance, lightweight batteries that are cost-effective, durable, safe and recyclable for the next generation of EVs.

There are two opportunities to apply for funding: up to £23 million is available for industrial research and development and up to £2 million for feasibility studies.

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Flow storage firm RedT lands place on £300m NHS framework

Flow storage company RedT has earned a place on Essentia’s battery storage framework. It means the firm has the green light to supply its systems to the NHS and potentially other public sector organisations, such as local authorities and education providers.

The other companies on the framework are: Bouygues UK, Centrica, EDF Energy, Powerstar and Veolia ES Resource Efficiency.

Essentia is a subsidiary of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. It announced the framework, alongside an LED framework earlier this year. It said the storage framework aims to enable organisations to reduce Triad charges, DUoS charges, Capacity Market Charges and utilise grid incentives such as Firm Frequency Response.

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‘We can afford it’: EV uptake and renewables surge to power ‘massive expansion’ of energy grids

The world is set to experience a massive expansion in the role of electricity, according to a major new forecast released today. But despite a coming surge in the use of batteries and renewables the expected pace of change across the energy industry is still not sufficient to meet global climate targets.

The new forecast, the second in an annual series from Norwegian risk management giant DNV GL, predicts electricity’s share of global energy demand will almost double to 45 per cent by 2050, driven by a sharp rise in electric car ownership around the world.

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John Goodenough Speaks

John GoodenoughJohn Bannister Goodenough was born in 1922, served in WWII, and obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago (1952). Throughout his career, Goodenough established himself as an internationally prominent solid state scientist, widely recognized for his role in the development of the rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Currently, he holds the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies orbital ordering and crossover from localized to itinerant d electrons in solids and continues with development of components for electrochemical technologies.

Goodenough is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Science and Engineering, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society, England, and the National Societies of France, Spain, and India. Among other awards, he has received the Japan Prize (2001), the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award (2009), the National Medal of Science (2012), and the Stark Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering (2014).

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Clean Van Commitment: UK Fleets Join Forces to Kick-Start Electric Van Switch

Some of the UK’s largest companies will today send a signal to auto manufacturers that the market is ready for electric vans, pledging to invest £40m in rolling out zero emission models over the next two years as part of plans to replace 18,000 diesel vans over the next decade.

Sixteen of the UK’s largest fleet operators are to formally launch the Clean Van Commitment ahead of the government’s hosting of the inaugural international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham next week.

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Yes, There Will Be Plenty Of Lithium For Energy Storage

The energy storage sector has been growing robustly, despite some concerns about the global supply chain for one key material, lithium. Well, that question could soon be moot. The California-based startup Lilac Solutions has just received a major financial boost for an innovative, low-impact method for extracting lithium from abundant brines around the globe.

Diversifying the global supply chain could help alleviate one source of anxiety for US energy policymakers. Currently, the top lithium producers are concentrated in a relatively small number of countries overseas, and uncertainty over President Trump’s trade policy has layered another layer of complexity onto an already fraught situation.

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Britain to Invest 56 million Pounds in Battery Storage in South Africa

Britain’s Prime Minister Teresa May has committed 56 million pounds towards investment in battery storage in South Africa during her current trip to the country.

Battery storage will allow the country to manage peaks and troughs in energy supply – storing energy from solar, wind and other renewable projects, to then be used as and when it is needed.

The investment is being financed via Britain’s contribution to a $5.4 billion Clean Technology Fund, which provides funding for developing countries to scale up low-carbon technologies.

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