CSIRO will invest $50 million in four new programs to drive critical breakthroughs in electric vehicle batteries and create a storage solution that could “mimic pumped hydro.”
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, announced on Friday that it will invest $50 million over the next five years as part of a $200 million portfolio of Future Science Platforms.
Presumably, each of the four “future science platforms” will receive $50 million, with the platforms covering “revolutionary energy storage systems” and “permanent carbon locking” as well as health.
“Unlocking the secret to efficient and safe energy storage could allow us to charge electric vehicles as easily as we currently fill our gas tanks, or keep our portable devices charged for days without needing a recharge,” said Dr. Adam Best, acting director. du flux Revolutionary Energy Storage Systems, said.
“On a larger scale, it could even mimic pumped hydropower through new technology and make it more responsive to grid needs.”
The intention of the storage stream is to reinvent Australia’s electricity grid to incorporate more renewable energy sources, “push[ing] the limits of existing research through collaboration with academia and industry,” said CSIRO.
The agency will also look at the science of carbon capture and storage, with Carbon Lock Stream director Dr Andrew Lenton saying removing atmospheric carbon will prove imperative to avoid the worst impacts of the climate change.
“CSIRO’s future science platforms are a big part of our strategy to stay at the cutting edge of discovery,” said CSIRO Chief Scientist Professor Bronwyn Fox, noting that the programs will bring industry and science together, including early career researchers.
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