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Innovative Southampton research to develop better batteries

31 May 2022

The need for better batteries is clear. Fossil fuels are limited in their supply and are damaging our world. Energy from renewable sources such as the sun and wind is only available when the sun shines and the wind blows. And current batteries are expensive, don’t last long enough, and are heavy and bulky.

Pioneering research by Southampton’s Electrochemistry Group is changing this fast – the batteries of the future are within our grasp. There are several strands of ongoing research into different types of batteries and alternative power sources, including hydrogen, thermo-electrics and finding alternatives to, and ways to recycle, lithium.

We’re working on electricity production and use, taking carbon out of the electricity cycle. If we want to tackle climate change, we can either take the CO2 out of the atmosphere, or we can stop putting it out there in the first place. We are working on that second option.

Andrea Russell - Professor of Physical Electrochemistry

Read the full story in Re:action, the University’s research and enterprise magazine.

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