BASF names energy storage open innovation contest winners

BASF names energy storage open innovation contest winners

9:23 AM, 25th November 2015
BASF names energy storage open innovation contest winners
From left to right: Prof Xiangwu Zhang, Prof Stuart Licht, Dr Steffen Waglohner, Prof Patrik Johansson, Dr Dominique Moulin, Prof James Evans, Prof Paul Wright, winners of the BASF energy contest.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: The winners of the BASF SE energy contest were announced at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. From 122 applications submitted on the online platform NineSights, a jury of BASF experts and external specialists chose the four best proposals which will be funded with €100.000 each.

This program, called Creator Space, consists of innovative formats for virtual and live discussions and also included three science symposia. Through it, new ideas are being collected and discussions on the topics energy, food and urban living initiated.

The open innovation contest, initiated by BASF at the beginning of February, aims to find ideas for the storage of energy from renewable energy sources. Sustainable technologies should make it possible to store power from the grid and feed power back into it. Together with scientists, inventors and companies, BASF is looking for efficient solutions for the long-term storage of electricity, which are financially viable, for example through lower investment costs. Innovative chemistry was to play a central role in the submitted proposals.

The winning concepts were nominated by the prof Patrik Johansson, department of applied physics at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Paul K Wright and James W Evans, University of California, Berkeley, Mike Stuart Licht, department of chemistry at George Washington University und Xiangwu Zhang, department of textile engineering at North Carolina State University.

Prof Stuart Licht from George Washington University studies in his project a new type of rechargeable batteries: the molten air battery. It uses a molten salt electrolyte at elevated temperature.

The research group of prof Paul Wright and James Evans from the University of California, Berkeley, describes a novel rechargeable zinc battery and has already founded a start-up company for its realization.

Prof Patrik Johansson from the Chalmers University suggests the usage of abundant aluminium for a sustainable battery technology that directly addresses the need of low-cost concepts. And the research group of prof Xiangwu Zhang from North Carolina State University presents the concept of high-performance sodium-ion batteries that applies special electrode preparation methods.

The open innovation contest on energy storage is coordinated by the BASF research unit “Process Research and Chemical Engineering.”

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