Ramani wins $2 million to further develop flow batteries

The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded the lab of Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. & Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, $2 million to further develop and de-risk its electrode-decoupled redox flow battery technology, and to position the team for scale-up and deployment after the course of the project.

Ramani's lab, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, pioneered this battery concept to be used for long-duration, grid-scale energy storage. The researchers developed membrane technologies and novel, patent-pending flow battery chemistries that promise to significantly reduce the levelized cost of grid-scale (think gigawatt-hours of energy stored) energy storage.

This is the second such award for Ramani's lab; the first was awarded in 2016.