A prototype of an innovative energy storage facility is being developed at the Faculty of Physics

Smart, economical and ecological energy management is today one of the greatest challenges facing our civilization. The generation and storage of energy is also one of the leading research areas at the Warsaw University of Technology.

In 2019, a group of researchers from three units of our university: the Faculty of Physics, the Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering was invited to participate in the European POWERSKIN + project. Apart from WUT, other renowned universities (including the Turin University of Technology, the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena), research and implementation institutes (including the Fraunhofer Institute, the Pedro Nunes Institute) and companies (including Saule sp. . z o. o., Flachglas Sachsen GmbH).

The aim of the project is to develop an innovative, energy-efficient building facade that will not only have excellent insulating properties, but will also be able to convert solar energy into electricity using the built-in photovoltaic panels.

We are pleased to announce that for two years a significant contribution to this project has been made by a team from the Faculty of Physics headed by Dr. hab. Eng. Michał Marzantowicz. Our colleagues are currently constructing a prototype of an energy storage facility, which is to collect the energy produced by the facade. It is worth noting that the project uses "recycled" lithium-ion cells for the first time, which were removed from electric vehicles after the period of operation. Instead of subjecting such cells to a costly recycling process, they can be reused in this way.

As Dr. Marzantowicz says - “the biggest challenge in the project is to develop an electronic cell management system, which, due to wear, differ significantly from each other. In this case, the use of commercial technologies does not work and it is necessary to develop innovative solutions that have a chance to be implemented on a larger scale in the future ”.

We congratulate our researchers on the idea, and we will keep you informed about the results of their work.

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