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, Yingjie He, Sarah Milliken, Drew Aasen, Alexandra McDougall, Chuyi Ni, Matthew Labbe

Misc

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship

Matthew Labbe

Award

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship

Thuy (Wendy) Nguyen Thanh Tran

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

Ming Xiong

Award

D.B. Robinson Scholarship in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Matthew Labbe

Award

NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS-D)

Matthew Labbe

Award

President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

(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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Drew Aasen

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Qingping Hou

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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 Iron Oxide on a Porous Carbon Substrate via Ethylferrocene and an Oxygen Plasma

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Matthew Labbe

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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, 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

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

Matthew Labbe

Interview (Broadcast or Text)

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

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Current Distribution Investigation and Structure Optimization of Zn-air Batteries

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Development and Characterization of Field Structured Magnetic Composites

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Development and Characterization of Stable Polymer Formulations for Manufacturing Magnetic Composites

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Balakrishnan Nagarajan

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Enabling transdisciplinary education for energy systems transitions

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Pierre Mertiny, Miles Skinner

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scott Chang, Hyun-Joong Chung

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

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

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Yingjie He, Sarah Milliken, Drew Aasen, Alexandra McDougall, Chuyi Ni, Matthew Labbe

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Michael Clark

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Pierre Mertiny, Balakrishnan Nagarajan, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Jonathan G.C. Veinot, Yingjie He, Drew Aasen, Matthew Labbe

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Douglas Ivey, Ming Xiong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

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

Douglas Ivey, Drew Aasen

Scholarly Refereed Journal