Javier Rubio Garcia
My research activity deals with the development of novel cell designs and manufacturing processes for Redox Flow Batteries as well as studying innovative electrolyte formulations and optimized cell components (electrodes, membrane and bipolar plates). However, I am also interested in other electrochemical systems such as metal air batteries and fuel cells.
Brief introduction to the Redox Flow Battery project
Energy storage is a powerful tool to overcome the intermittency problem of renewable energy (solar and wind) and contribute to the modernization of the current electrical grid by providing time-dependent instant management of energy demands. Among existing technologies, Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs) provide architecture flexibility allowing for independent scalability of power and capacity. Moreover, as energy is stored within a fluid contained in reservoirs and pumped towards the electrodes, RFBs present larger lifetimes while offering very low maintenance costs and negligible capacity loss per cycle. Although several RFB redox chemistries have demonstration models at the megawatt-scale (mainly all-vanadium RFB), their widespread commercialization is still elusive due to high battery capital cost, moderate durability and low energy density.
Our project addresses the issues of cost, performance and lifetime durability to develop significantly improved RFBs. These activities are carried out in collaboration with other researchers from Imperial College London and UCL and also in collaboration with industrial partners from the UK (CTech Innovation Ltd, EDF Energy Plc and PV3 Technologies) and China (Rongke Power and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics).