Materials for Energy Applications is one of six profile areas within Chalmers Energy Area of Advance, and is shared with the Materials Science Area of Advance. This profile addresses the challenge of providing new, innovative materials required for the transition to a sustainable energy system.
The transition to a sustainable energy system requires a plethora of new and improved materials – materials for harvesting energy from renewable sources, transporting energy, storing energy, or converting it into other forms of energy. The energy related materials research at Chalmers spans across the full spectrum.
The vision of the Materials for Energy Applications profile is to facilitate a transition to a sustainable energy system and to make world-recognised contributions in the field of energy applications through fundamental materials research. The profile supports synergies between materials for harvesting, transport and storage, and conversion of energy, and strives to shorten the distance between research and applications.
Active research fields
The Materials for Energy Applications profile includes three active research fields:
- Materials for energy harvesting
Research in this field encompasses various technologies to harvest solar energy. This includes improved materials and schemes to convert solar energy either to electricity or to chemical fuels such as hydrogen or methanol.
- Materials for energy transport and storage
Research in this field deals with storage both of electric energy in batteries and supercapacitors, and of chemical fuels such as hydrogen.
- Materials for energy conversion
Fuel cells and thermoelectric materials constitute the two main topics in this field.
Within these fields Chalmers has a proven record of excellence, especially with respect to materials for solar cells, batteries, and fuel cells.
The Materials for Energy Applications profile involves many prominent research leaders that are at the research front of their respective fields. The profile can benefit tremendously by having an active community, where the competence and knowledge of all researchers can easily be communicated to each other. The profile therefore actively works to facilitate interactions in the community, for example through an annual workshop, summer schools, and conferences.
The profile has also initiated four cross-disciplinary research programmes, the topics of which are:
- Solar harvesting
- Materials for high voltage cables
- Fuel cells