After pitching ideas for new transportable energy storage systems to a panel of expert judges, Cella Energy, a spin out based on research conducted by Dr Zeynep Kurban and Professor Neal Skipper of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) in collaboration with scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of Oxford, has been awarded a prize fund worth $250,000
The prize was awarded at PitchLive, a Dragons’ Den style event for hi-tech innovators, which marks the culmination of the Energy Storage Challenge (ESC), a bid to identify, fund and reward new transportable energy storage systems. Powered by OmniCompete, the ESC was supported by the Office of Naval Research. The competitions attract entrants from around the world, and innovators must excel at regional finals to be invited to the final summit in London, where the finalists pitch their ideas.
Cella Energy, Energy Storage Challenge Winner, uses a technique developed and spun out of LCN research, to develop low-cost hydrogen storage materials. The result is a fuel with more energy than gasoline or lithium-ion batteries that could be handled safely in the open air and pumped like a fluid.
The hydrogen fuel will be rolled out in two stages. The first will be as a fuel additive, enabling lower emissions without any change to the fuelling infrastructure or to regular vehicles. The second stage would require changes to vehicles, but this would provide a pure hydrogen solution with zero carbon emissions.
Professor Stephen Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer for Cella Energy, says “We’re really pleased to win the Energy Storage Challenge award. I think more than anything else it’s going to help us accelerate one of our most important projects, one where we can use our hydrogen storage technology to make a practical demonstrator”.
For more information on Cella Energy, please go to http://www.cellaenergy.com