Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNEWS & EVENTS
21 Jul 2017
MAE-Led Project First Received Funding under RGC Theme-based Research Scheme
In the seventh round exercise of the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS), the research project led by Prof. Tianshou Zhao received a grant amount of HK$ 50M under the theme of Developing a Sustainable Environment.
Project Title: Creation of rechargeable electron-fuels for stationary power supplies and electric vehicles
Project Coordinator: Prof Tianshou ZHAO (HKUST)
Co-Investigators/ Collaborators: CUHK, HKU, HKUST, PolyU
This interdisciplinary theme-based project aims to address the challenges preventing the widespread use of renewable energy. The research team proposes to develop a novel energy storage system that incorporates electrically rechargeable liquid fuels known as e-fuels. This system mainly consists of an e-fuel charger that electrochemically converts electricity into e-fuels, which in turn can be converted back into electricity using an e-fuel cell for end use. Ultimately, this research will result in an electricity-fuel-electricity conversion system with unprecedented efficiencies exceeding 80%. The e-fuel storage technology offers an excellent solution not only for grid-scale and micro-grid energy storage, but also for off-grid and distributed energy system power supplies.
This is the first TRS project awarded to a research team led by MAE and it is one of the two that received the largest amount of funding from Research Grants Council (RGC) for 2017/18. (see RGC announcement)