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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Solar Design Team Presents Research at International Battery Conference

Posted on April 04, 2017


Solar Design Team Presents Research at International Battery Conference

The Queen’s Solar Design Team (QSDT) has just returned from the International Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They presented an academic poster outlining their work on the Queen’s Solar Education Centre (QSEC), a house that was used as a way to propose the feasibility of a new type of energy distribution system: all DC micro-grids at the neighborhood level. Queen's and Stanford were the only academic institutions represented, and other attendees included technology company executives and world-renown researchers. 

The team spent three days attending seminars on recent advancements in the energy storage sector, particularly lithium-ion technology. They brought back relevant knowledge on storage systems relating to the QSEC, as well as new ideas the design team can use to guide its future direction in research and development. A useful takeaway from the conference was the idea of flow batteries as opposed to lithium-ion, which are cheaper.