Redox Flow Cell with Thermally Regenerative Electrochemical Cycle

Background
Redox flow battery (RFB) technology is being in the spotlight as a mean of simultaneously storing renewable energy into chemicals, which can be readily utilized to generate electricity via reversible reactions [1]. However, the plain fact is most studies overlook potentials arising from the electrolyte behaviour change under the heat or temperature variation. In this context, thermally regenerative electrochemical cycle (TREC) [2,3] has recently been proposed to harness the waste thermal energy by the exposure to the sunlight to enhance the overall energy storage efficiency. Nevertheless, an in-depth theoretical study on this topic has not been shown to date. This project aims to conduct a computational model for predicting the charging/discharging performance of the redox flow cell under dynamic operating temperature and redox potential change accordingly.

Relevant references
[1] Bae, D.; Faasse, G. M.; Smith, W. A. Hidden Figures of Photo-Charging: A Thermo-Electrochemical Approach for Solar-Rechargeable Redox Flow Cell System. Sustain. Energy Fuels 2020, 4, 2650–2655.
[2] Zhang, H.; Zhang, F.; Yu, J.; Zhou, M.; Luo, W.; Lee, Y. M.; Si, M.; Wang, Q. Redox Targeting-Based Thermally Regenerative Electrochemical Cycle Flow Cell for Enhanced Low-Grade Heat Harnessing. Adv. Mater. 2020,
[3] Facchinetti, I.; Ruffo, R.; La Mantia, F.; Brogioli, D. Thermally Regenerable Redox Flow Battery for Exploiting Low-Temperature Heat Sources. Cell Reports Phys. Sci. 2020, 1 (5), 100056.

Other Comments: 

We are looking for candidates talented or in Python or any relevant modelling S/W (e.g., Ansys, COMSOL or Matlab). Background or interest in Physical chemistry is also preferred.

Supervisor name: 
Dowon Bae, Victor Francia
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
d.bae@hw.ac.uk
Project location: 
Edinburgh
Staff comments: 
Dr Dowon Bae - Supervisor; Dr Victor Francia - Co-supervisor