Energy

For the storage (supercapacitors and batteries) and the generation (photovoltaic solar cells) of energy

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Graphene-based electrodes for energy storage devices used in fully autonomous systems

The AutoGraph project focuses on the development of an electrode manufacturing technology based on the properties of graphene and its appropriate preparation to fulfill the requirements of the electrochemical energy storage device for being used in autonomous systems.

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Objectives

The objectives are:

  • To achieve a system of operational graphene-based energy storage as well as its manufacturing technology
  • To develop a fully autonomous modular system that has at least one nano-energy generator, an energy storage, a sensor and a data communication system. The integration of a graphene-based supercapacitor (or a hybrid) in the prototype will make it possible to demonstrate that the in-house manufacturing technology is robust to be used commercially in the near future considering the wide field of applications of these systems.

Coordinator

Instituto de Investigación en Energía de Cataluña (IREC)

Joan Ramon Morante

J. R .Morante is full professor in the University of Barcelona and director of IREC institute. He has more than 35,500 citations and h=95 according to GS data base with more than 600 published papers, 24 patents and he has been advisory of 53 doctoral theses, has participated / coordinated numerous projects in different international and industrial programs (> 55).

He is director of the Energy storage and harvesting group in IREC

Contributions from partners

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

Pedro Gómez-Romero

ICN2 is responsible for the development of graphene based materials to obtain individual cells of supercapacitors and / or hybrid materials to store the energy needed for the operation of the device. As a secondary objective, they are responsible for themodification of graphene and preparation of suspensions and inks. They will prepare the hybrid battery in collaboration with IREC

Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)

Joan Ramon Morante Lleonart

IREC is responsible for the electrochemical electrode manufacturing technology based on the properties of graphene and its modifications; the manufacture and testing of supercapacitors and development of processes for obtaining small series with different types of encapsulations, “coin” cells and “pounch”; implementation, regulation of the procedure and test for printed supercapacitors in collaboration with Eurecat; and the design of autonomous systems in collaboration with Eurecat: sensors, micro-energy capture systems, signal processing and energy control electronics, communication system and storage system.

Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya

Claudia Delgado Simao

Eurecat will design autonomous systems for energy storage, low cost electronics for signal control and processing and wireless communications system. In addition, they will design, ensemble and program the final prototype including environmental sensors. Last, they will integrate supercapacitors with low cost electronic system, and validate and test the prototypes.