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Renewable Energy: New EU Research Project EMPHASIS To Usher in Fossil-Free Future by Developing Novel Supercapacitors

Climate-neutral storage of large amounts of energy is among this century’s main challenges. Over the past decade, the fast-depleting global fossil fuel reserves and steeply rising greenhouse gas emissions have caused serious concerns. Therefore, more environmentally friendly, efficient and cost-effective energy conversion and storage technologies are needed urgently. In this regard, supercapacitors (SCs) have shown great promise.

The just-launched European research project EMPHASIS will pursue sustainable energy storage solutions in two areas that are paramount to cover the needs demanded by our modern lifestyle: electromobility and the emerging field of smart clothing. The project focuses on developing next-generation SCs optimised for consumer use. EMPHASIS’ innovative approach will focus on developing novel materials derived from natural resources, improving design processes and advancing design architectures for energy storage solutions beyond the technical status quo.

By focusing on defining and generating a credible approach for next-generation supercapacitors using ‘green’ materials, EMPHASIS will boost the transition towards a novel climate-neutral energy system. The goal is to make great strides at all levels of the design process, which will provide viable solutions for high-energy/high-power density and safe storage devices.

"EMPHASIS will be a great addition to our portfolio of projects in the field of twin transformation – paving the way for both a green and digital transformation. Electrochemical energy storage is a key element of systems in a wide range of sectors, such as electromobility, portable devices, and renewable energy. More particular, we expect the new generation of supercapacitors to play an important role in boosting electromobility because of their capability to charge more quickly than batteries," asserts Jörg Scherer, Managing Director of Eurice.

EMPHASIS will run for three years with a budget of EUR 5,4 million, funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. Coordinated by Pleione Energy SA, Greece, the project comprises 13 partners from five European countries. EMPHASIS kicks off today with a first meeting to set the course for a successful project.

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