China and UK establish joint energy storage research center

Experts from the United Kingdom, and their colleagues from China, have come together to create a joint research center into energy storage.

China and UK launch energy storage research center (Photo: University of Birmingham)

The agreement that marked the launch of the joint research center was signed by researchers from the University of Birmingham and the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The partnership will create a platform for both partners that will enable them to launch new programs to further advance their ‘world-leading’ energy storage research, the University said.

Professor Yulong Ding said: “As the global requirement for energy continues to grow, our collaborative research in the area will help to establish technologies which can efficiently and economically store more energy, as well as balance fluctuating supplies of power on the grid.”

Establishing the energy storage research center is the latest collaboration between the University and CAS as the Birmingham environmental experts are already working on research partnerships with CAS that could help to reduce the health threat posed by severe air pollution blighting the Chinese capital and other major cities in China.

Researchers are also exploring ways in which to combine expertise in chemistry, hydrology, toxicology and biology to solve problems associated with pollutants that are increasingly threatening China’s natural fresh water ecosystems that over 1.3 billion people depend on.