General description of the institution
Imperial College London is ranked among the top ten universities in the world, and consistently ranked Europe’s most innovative university. Across all faculties of science, engineering and business, Imperial hosts around £100m of annual funding and 1,000 staff and PhD students working on all aspects of energy. Several research teams at Imperial hold world-leading expertise in energy storage, playing major roles in the UK government’s Faraday battery challenge.
The Centre for Environmental Policy is an interdisciplinary research interface between science and technology, economics and policy. It was accredited by Athena SWAN in 2019 in recognition for its commitment to advancing the careers of women higher education. It has deep links with major energy and climate change consortia, hosting the IPCC Working Group III and UK Energy Research Centre’s Technology & Policy Unit. Similarly, it has strong links throughout the energy industry, and will draw upon connections with leading storage consultancies for this project.
Role in SOLSTICE
- Economic analysis of the novel sodium-zinc batteries
- Develop bottom-up engineering model to determine investment and operating costs
- Assess the levelised cost of storage (LCOS) and compare it to other storage technologies
- Project future investment cost and LCOS based on anticipated variations in cost input parameters
Dr. Iain Staffell: Scientist; expert in energy economics.
Dr. Oliver Schmidt: Scientist; expert in energy storage and cost modelling.