Supergen Energy Storage Network+

The EPSRC is making up to £1 million available to fund a single proposal. This funding should be used for the support of core research, flexible fund, support staff including a Hub Manager as well as communications, engagement and networking activities.

Expression of Interest must be received by 16:00 Thursday 18 October 2018, applicants that do not register with their intent will have their applications rejected. Full proposals must then be received by 16:00 on Thursday 15 November 2018 through the Research Councils’ Joint electronic System (Je-S). These proposals will be assessed by postal peer review and an interview panel, to be held prospectively on W/C 18 February 2019.

An independent review of the Supergen Programme was conducted over the period 30th August to 1st September 2016; findings from this review can be found in the Supergen Programme Review 2016 document.

Due to the significant investment in the area through the Faraday Battery Challenge and to allow the perturbations run out, the EPSRC Energy theme have concluded that the next tranche of Supergen Energy Storage funding will be in the form of a network+ grant. The network+ should cover the whole of Energy Storage and include links to the Faraday Institution (FI) to avoid duplication of work.

The network+ should foster networks with the wider energy community and strengthen those that currently exist within the storage community. Funds should be used to scope challenges (e.g. grid scale storage or inter-seasonal storage) in conjunction with EPSRC for future funding activities as well as initiate investigations in novel and adventurous topics.

The network+ should take note and act upon the Balancing Capability strategy for the Energy Storage research area, where it is not already being achieved through Faraday Battery Challenge investments; as well as the recommendations of the EPSRC Response and Implementation Plan to 2016 Supergen review:

Specifically, the ‘storage’ community should be encouraged to work on storage of energy in all its forms and not just storage of electricity. In particular, new approaches to upstream storage prior to conversion, to replace the coal stockpiles that the UK has historically depended on, and new approaches to domestic storage of heat are likely to provide important contributions to the future resilience of the UK’s energy system.