Faculty Advisor

Datta, Ravindra

Abstract

Increasing demand for renewable energy requires a shift to microgrids with energy storage systems. Liquid metal-air flow batteries have theoretically high energy densities and long life cycles, satisfying microgrid requirements. A proof of concept for this battery was established with a gallium-air electrochemical cell to determine performance and limiting factors. It was determined that the gallium-air chemistry was feasible, achieving a flat discharge profile for over 4.7 hours on average. Electrolyte carbonation, separator drying, and oxide layer formation hindered performance.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

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Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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