NextGEN Energy Storage

Current project

VIP Snapshot

Be part of the future energy solution! Energy is the driving force for all life on our precious planet.  A sustainable and clean energy future depends on our ability to efficiently store large amounts of energy.  

NextGen

ChallENG research goals

We’ll develop new battery designs and materials to provide the most effective solutions and improvements by: 

  • Developing new, high-power density flow batteries  
  • Designing and developing high-temperature, high-power liquid metal battery cells 
  • Optimising and producing high-energy density storage materials 
  • Designing and production of high-performance electrolysis and gas recombination cells  
  • Optimising systems for hybrid fuel cells, liquid metal and flow batteries 
  • Fabrication methods to improve system performance 

Research, design or technical ChallENG

  • Computational modelling and validation of new energy systems
  • Thermal modelling of various high-performance battery technologies 
  • Material selection and fabrication techniques  
  • Component optimisation 
  • Investigation of performance enhancing and stabilizing agents  
  • Overall system optimisation 

Required Background

All engineering degrees are welcome, however students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Research Areas* Majors*
  • Redox flow batteries  
  • Hybrid fuel cells  
  • Liquid metal batteries  
  • Electrolyte production and stability  
  • Cell and stack design  
  • System level design  
  • Computational hydraulic and electrochemical modelling  
  • Microgrid simulations  
  • Mechanical Engineering  
  • Chemical Engineering  
  • Computational Modelling  
  • Electrochemistry  
  • Mathematics  
  • CAD  
  • Rapid Prototyping  
  • Additive Manufacturing  
  • Business