Distributed Energy Storage

The main objective of the daily energy storage project is to develop energy storage technologies for the kWh energy range capable of producing at least several kW of power. This energy storage range should be sufficient for household daily energy storage and for grid reliability applications. The average Alberta household consumes ~20 kWh electricity per day (~7200 kWh of per year, www.solaralberta.ca). Assuming all the energy needs to be stored for use during nighttime and a discharge-charge efficiency of 70%, 28.57 kWh will need be stored in the energy storage system. Further, assuming a 4 h discharge time, the power output requirement would be 7.15 kW. The storage system used should be able to sustain at least ~2000 cycles (assuming replacement every 5 years). 


Many energy storage technologies can be used for daily storage, however, based on current expertise at the University of Alberta, the following two technologies will be developed: a) Flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) and b) Metal-air (in particular zinc-air) battery systems (MAB)

Front Cover: Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres Decorated with Metal Oxide Nanoparticles as Efficient Earth-Abundant Zinc-Air Battery Catalysts

Douglas Ivey, Jonathan GC Veinot, Yingjie He, Drew Aasen, Alexandra McDougall, Matthew Labbe

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Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship

Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran

Award

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship

Matthew Labbe

Award

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship

Matthew Labbe

Award

Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Matthew Labbe

Award

D.B. Robinson Scholarship in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Matthew Labbe

Award

D.B. Robinson Scholarship in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Matthew Labbe

Award

D.B. Robinson Scholarship in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Ming Xiong

Award

D.B. Robinson Scholarship in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Matthew Labbe

Award

ECS Travel Grant for 241st ECS Meeting

Jiayao Cui

Award

ECS Travel Grant for 241st ECS Meeting

Hang Hu

Award

NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS-D)

Matthew Labbe

Award

President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction

Matthew Labbe

Award

President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction (PDPD)

Matthew Labbe

Award

W. Youdelis Graduate Scholarship

Matthew Labbe

Award

Sequentially Electrodeposited MnOX/Co-Fe as Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

(Co,Fe)3O4 Decorated Nitrogen‐Doped Carbon Nanotubes in Nano‐Composite Gas Diffusion Layers as Highly Stable Bifunctional Catalysts for Rechargeable Zinc‐Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Drew Aasen

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

A Gas Diffusion Layer Impregnated with Mn3O4 Decorated, Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes for High Performance Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Drew Aasen

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

A Horizontal Zinc-air Battery with Physically Decoupled Oxygen Evolution/Reduction Reaction Electrodes

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ming Xiong, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

A Study of Alkaline Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran, Hyun-Joong Chung

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

A Tri–Electrode Configuration for Zinc–Air Batteries Using Gel Polymer Electrolytes

Douglas Ivey, Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran, Michael Clark, Ming Xiong, Hyun-Joong Chung

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

ABAQUS Analysis of Polygonal Hub Extension

Carmen Pomp

Visiting Researcher (incoming)

Additive Manufacturing of Magnetically Loaded Polymer Composites: An Experimental Study for Process Development

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan

Conference Proceedings

Additive manufacturing ferromagnetic polymers using stereolithography – Materials and process development

Pierre Mertiny, Aman Ullah, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Muhammad Arshad, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

An Investigation into the Charge Storage Mechanism and Cycling Performance of Mn2O3 as the Cathode Material for Zinc-ion Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Qingping Hou

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

An Investigation into the Charge Storage Mechanism for Mn2O3 as the Cathode Material in Zinc-ion Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Qingping Hou

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Atomic Layer Deposition of Highly Stable Manganese-Iron Oxide Bifunctional Catalysts for Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Atomic Layer Deposition of Iron Oxide on a Porous Carbon Substrate via Ethylferrocene and an Oxygen Plasma

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe, Anqiang He

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Oxides for the Preparation of High Performance Zn-Air Battery Electrodes

Michael Clark

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Atomic Layer Deposition of Transition Metal Oxide Catalysts for Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Atomic Layer Deposition of a Manganese-Iron Mixed Oxide as a Bifunctional Oxygen Catalyst for Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Matthew Labbe

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Bifunctional Mn-Fe Oxide Catalysts for Zn-Air Battery Air Electrodes Fabricated Through Atomic Layer Deposition

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Bringing down the cost of zinc-air batteries could unlock their full potential for storing renewable energy

Matthew Labbe

Interview (Broadcast or Text)

Catalyst Integration within the Air Electrode in Secondary Zn-air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Challenges in Zn-Air Battery Cell Design

Douglas Ivey, Matthew Labbe

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Characterization of Electroless Ni-P Coatings and Electrodeposition of Ni Coatings for Electrodes in Zinc-Air Flow Batteries

Hang Hu

Master Thesis

Characterization of magnetic particle alignment in photosensitive polymer resin: A preliminary study for additive manufacturing processes

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Colorimetric Voltmeter Using Colloidal Fe3O4@SiO2 Nanoparticles as an Overpotential Alarm System for Zinc-air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran, Hyun-Joong Chung

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Composition effects of electrodeposited Co-Fe as electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Compositional Effects of Gel Polymer Electrolyte and Battery Design for Zinc\textendash Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran, Hyun-Joong Chung, Drew Aasen, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Current Distribution Investigation and Structure Optimization of Zn-air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Design Strategies for Flywheel Energy Storage Systems in EV Fast Charging

Pierre Mertiny, Francisco Javier Basaure Figueroa

Conference Proceedings

Design and Multi-Objective Optimization of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Flywheel Rotors

Marvin Mittelstedt

Master Thesis

Design and Multi-Objective Optimization of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Flywheel Rotors

Marvin Mittelstedt

Visiting Researcher (incoming)

Design and multi-objective optimization of fiber-reinforced polymer composite flywheel rotors

Pierre Mertiny, Marvin Mittelstedt

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Development and Characterization of Field Structured Magnetic Composites

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Yingnan Wang, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Development and Characterization of Stable Polymer Formulations for Manufacturing Magnetic Composites

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Development and characterization of magnetic particle reinforced polymers for additive manufacturing processes

Balakrishnan Nagarajan

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Dimple Grinding Coupled with Optical Microscopy for Porosity Analysis of Metallic Coatings

Douglas Ivey, Drew Aasen, Anqiang He, Hang Hu

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Dip-Coating Synthesis of rGO/α-Ni(OH)2@Nickel Foam with Layer-by-Layer Structure for High Performance Binder-Free Supercapacitors

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Effect of Background Ions on the Morphological and Electrochemical Properties of Polyampholyte Hydrogels

Hyun-Joong Chung

Conference Proceedings

Effects of Crosslinker Concentration in Poly(Acrylic Acid)–KOH Gel Electrolyte on Performance of Zinc–Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran, Michael Clark, Hyun-Joong Chung

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Effects of Viscoelasticity on the Stress Evolution over the Lifetime of Filament-Wound Composite Flywheel Rotors for Energy Storage

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Efficient Low Temperature Performance of All Solid-State Zinc-air Batteries with MnCo2O4/Carbon Fiber Bifunctional Electrocatalyst and Poly(acrylic Acid) (PAA) Polymer Electrolyte

Douglas Ivey, Jiayao Cui

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Electrodeposited Co-Fe as an Oxygen Evolution Catalyst for Rechargeable Zinc-air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Electrodeposited Electrocatalysts For Rechargeable Zinc-air Batteries

Ming Xiong

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Electrodeposited Manganese Oxide on Carbon Paper for Zinc-Ion Battery Cathodes

Douglas Ivey

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Electrodeposited and Oxidized Mn/Co-Fe As Bi-Functional Electrocatalysts for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Enabling transdisciplinary education for energy systems transitions

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner, Sven Anders

Conference Proceedings

Energy Storage Flywheel Rotors - Mechanical Design

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner

Book Chapter

Ethylene Glycol as an Antifreeze Additive and Corrosion Inhibitor for Aqueous Zinc-Ion Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran, Maosen Zhao

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Experimental Characterization of Low-Speed Passive Discharge Losses of a Flywheel Energy Storage System

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Experimental Concerns of Current Collector Interference and Electrolyte Creep During Zinc-Air Battery Testing

Douglas Ivey, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Failure Analysis of Nickel-Coated Anodes in Zinc-Air Flow Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Drew Aasen, Anqiang He, Hang Hu

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Flexible and Self-Healing Aqueous Supercapacitors for Low Temperature Applications: Polyampholyte Gel Electrolytes with Biochar Electrodes

Scott Chang, Hyun-Joong Chung

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Functional Electrolyte Additives for Zinc-Ion Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Xiaolei Wang, Jiayao Cui

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Gas Diffusion Layers Impregnated with Metal Oxide Decorated and Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotube Catalysts for Electrically Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries

Drew Aasen

Master Thesis

Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Zinc-Air Batteries Operating at Low Temperatures

Douglas Ivey, Hyun-Joong Chung, Jiayao Cui

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Gel Polymer Electrolytes and Battery Designs for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Zinc-air Batteries Operating at Low Temperatures

Douglas Ivey, Hyun-Joong Chung, Jiayao Cui

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Growth Behaviour of Iron Oxide using Atomic Layer Deposition

Douglas Ivey, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Growth of Multiple Island Layers during Iron Oxide Atomic Layer Deposition: An Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Investigation

Douglas Ivey, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

High Performance Oxygen Reduction/Evolution Electrodes for Zinc-Air Batteries Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition of MnOx

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ming Xiong, Ken Cadien

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres Decorated with Metal Oxide Nanoparticles as Efficient Earth-Abundant Zinc-Air Battery Catalysts

Douglas Ivey, Jonathan GC Veinot, Yingjie He, Drew Aasen, Alexandra McDougall, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

In-situ Transformation of Electrodeposited W-Co Oxide to ZnCo2O4 Nanoparticles as Effective Bifunctional Catalysts in ZABs

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Investigation of Failure Modes of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Flywheel Rotors for Energy Storage Systems

Miles Skinner

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Investigation of Transition Metal-Based (Mn, Co, Ni, Fe) Trimetallic Oxide Nanoparticles on N-doped Carbon Nanotubes as Bifunctional Catalysts for Zn-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Drew Aasen

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Low-Temperature Tolerant Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries

Jiayao Cui

Master Thesis

Low-Temperature Tolerant Poly(Acrylic Acid) (PAA) Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Hyun-Joong Chung, Matthew Labbe, Jiayao Cui

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Magnetic Filler Polymer Composites - Morphology Characterization and Experimental and Stochastic Finite Element Analyses of Mechanical Properties

Pierre Mertiny, Yingnan Wang, Jorge Alberto Palacios Moreno, Hamidreza Ahmadimoghaddamseighalani

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Magnetically loaded polymer composites using stereolithography\textemdash Material processing and characterization

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Microstructural Characterization of Nickel-Coated Anodes for Zinc-Air Flow Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Drew Aasen, Anqiang He, Hang Hu

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Mn3O4 Nanoparticle-Decorated Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Spheres as an Efficient Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Zn-air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Jonathan GC Veinot, Yingjie He, Drew Aasen, Matthew Labbe

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Modeling and Simulation to Improve Real Electric Vehicles Charging Processes by Integration of Renewable Energies and Buffer Storage

Pierre Mertiny

Conference Proceedings

Modified Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Zinc-Air Batteries Operating at Various Temperatures

Douglas Ivey, Hyun-Joong Chung, Jiayao Cui

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Multifunctional Hybrid Fiber Composites for Energy Transfer in Future Electric Vehicles

Pierre Mertiny, Till Adam

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Quenched Polyampholyte Hydrogels for Low-Temperature Energy Storage and Energy-Saving Smart Window Applications

Hyun-Joong Chung

Conference Proceedings

Rheology-Assisted Microstructure Control for Printing Magnetic Composites\textemdash Material and Process Development

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Saturation Behaviour of Atomic Layer Deposition MnOx from Bis (Ethylcyclopentadienyl) Manganese and Water: Saturation Effect on Coverage of Porous Oxygen Reduction Electrodes

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ming Xiong, Ken Cadien

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Synthesis of Bifunctional Catalysts for Metal-Air Batteries Through Direct Deposition Methods

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Techno-economic Feasibility of Flywheel Energy Storage System in Standalone and Hybrid Applications

Muhammad Saad Arshad

Master Thesis

The Corrosion Behavior of Electroless Ni-P Coatings in Concentrated KOH Electrolyte

Douglas Ivey, Drew Aasen, Anqiang He, Hang Hu

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Transition Metal Oxides Anchored Onto Co-Doped Carbon Nanotubes As Bifunctional Electrocatalysts

Douglas Ivey, Alexandra McDougall

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Transition Metal Oxides Anchored onto Heteroatom Doped Carbon Nanotubes as Efficient Bifunctional Catalysts for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Alexandra McDougall

Master Thesis

Tri- and Tetra-Metallic Oxides Anchored to Heteroatom Doped Carbon Nanotubes as Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Alexandra McDougall

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Zinc and Nickel Based Oxides Anchored Onto Nitrogen-Doped Nanotubes As Bifunctional Catalysts for Zinc-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Alexandra McDougall

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Zinc-Air Batteries with Efficient and Stable MnCo2O4/Carbon Fiber Bifunctional Electrocatalyst and Poly(acrylic Acid) (PAA) Based Gel Electrolyte

Douglas Ivey, Jiayao Cui

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Zinc-Air Batteries: The Search for Better Rust

Matthew Labbe

Other Event

Zinc-Air Battery Advances: Efficiency, Stability, and Low Temperature Operation

Douglas Ivey, Hyun-Joong Chung, Ken Cadien, Matthew Labbe, Jiayao Cui

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Zinc-philic Electrolyte Additives for Zinc-Ion Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Xiaolei Wang, Jiayao Cui

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Zn-Based Oxides Anchored to Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes as Efficient Bifunctional Catalysts for Zn-Air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Drew Aasen

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article