Next-generation Thin Film Solar Cells and Modules Devices
Thin film solar cells manufactured from nano-crystalline copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and organic solar cells presents a more cost effective alternative to traditional mono and polycrystalline PV panels whilst offering in the near future greatly enhanced functionality. Our research into this technology will result in the production of high-efficiency, cost-effective thin film solar cells and modules. At its core is our development of high-performance photovoltaic materials that have high energy conversion efficiency.
High-power, High-energy Li-ion Battery and Energy Storage Devices
We are currently researching nanostructured electrode materials which would lead to the production of high-energy-density, long-service-life battery cells not only as a stand-alone product but also as a basis for other more complex energy storage devices. We are also developing Li-ion battery based renewable energy storage systems including uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which integrate renewable solar energy and energy storage system.
Micro-grids combine local electricity generation, energy storage (e.g. LiFePO4 batteries), and electrical loads. The micro-grid can be used with and without the main grid. The sources of power include fuel cells, wind, and solar. In the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado, our micro-grid will still remain functional to provide necessary power to its local service area.
Flexible Energy Devices
Flexible nanomaterials-based electronic devices including energy harvest device (e.g. high-efficiency thermoelectric devices) and energy storage devices (e.g. Li-ion battery and supercapacitors)
Bioenno Power is currently researching and developing Lithium Sulfur batteries as the next evolution of lithium batteries that offer even greater performance and characteristics over the current LFP batteries. Sulfur offers the highest theoretical capacity of ~1675 mAh/g, among available solid cathode candidates. This capacity is almost an order of magnitude higher than that of conventional insertion compound cathodes, allowing Li-S batteries the potential to provide high energy density and enhanced performance.In addition, several other benefits can be obtained based on sulfur based cathodes are lower cost alternatives to more expensive cathodes currently in use whist offering low operating voltages (~2.15V vs. Li/Li+) that provide enhanced safety, and critically does not have the inherent toxicity associated with current state-of-the-art batteries. These benefits are present in a battery that is capable of offering greatly enhanced cycle life and efficiency. Solid-state electrolytes moreover provide an impermeable electrolyte layer that has a lower risk of leaking and corrosion common in batteries. This type of battery overall yields improved electrochemical, mechanical and thermal stability.