Eight departments at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have joined forces in a new research initiative, Catalysis For Sustainable Energy (CASE), to design catalysts that can enable storage of renewable energy, reports the Danish Energy Association in its daily newsletter.
One of the challenges of using renewable energy sources like solar power and wind power is the fact that they are not always available when the energy is needed. It is advantageous therefore to find methods of storing energy, one of which is to use catalysts that can convert non-dispatchable* energy to a dispatchable* form such as chemical energy, which can be stored in the form of e.g. hydrogen or methanol. CASE has been launched to develop these catalysts.
The new initiative is being supported with DKK 120m (USD 23.6m) in funding over the next five years from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation's UNIK pool.
The eight departments involved in CASE are: DTU Cen, DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Chemistry, DTU Fotonik, DTU Mechanical Engineering, DTU Nanotech, DTU Physics and Risø DTU.
* dispatchable refers to an energy source that can be switched on and off, like a battery or a fuel cell. Conversely, non-dispatchable refers to an energy source that cannot be switched on and off, like the sun and the wind – Ed.