ITI Energy has announced the third of its R&D investments – to investigate the production of a low-cost, solid nano-material with the potential to store and release hydrogen at room temperature and low pressure.
The resulting material could have a range of energy applications in fuel cell and battery systems. The R&D project and the associated commercial development will be based in
Earlier this year, ITI disclosed that it was to invest over £5 million in two research projects to develop the next generation of batteries for use in mobile phones, laptops and electric/hybrid electric vehicles.
The new nano-material project involves a collaboration between ITI Energy, Alterg SA from
The R&D project is driven by early work that ITI Energy has undertaken in the energy storage sector. ITI plans to invest up to £1 million to further evaluate and optimise a basic enabling nano-material that it has already developed. The potential follow-on R&D projects involving additional applications could see ITI Energy investing upwards of £3 million in each.
Alterg’s technical and business development team will relocate from
Strathclyde will be providing specialised R&D services in the production and testing of the new materials under the direction of Professor Peter Hall, an expert in fuel and energy technologies.