Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think

Electrical and Electronic Engineering PhD candidate Valentin Muenzel has collaborated on research with Dean of Engineering Professor Iven Mareels, Dr Julian de Hoog, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and colleagues from IBM Research Australia Arun Vishwanath (research scientist) and Shivkumar Kalyanaraman (chief scientist) about trends in battery cost and the impact these costs have on renewable energy and electric vehicle uptake.

While batteries represent a substantial proportion of the cost of electric vehicles, a  meta-analysis of current battery costs and future cost predictions, reveals that battery pack costs per kilowatt hour have been decreasing rapidly in recent years and the decrease is expected to continue.

Read “Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think”, The Conversation, 23 July 2014.