Researchers to Develop 3D-Printed Graphene Batteries

LONGER-lasting batteries could be 3D printed from graphene ink to tackle rising demand for energy storage products in household devices or renewable energy systems. Professor Craig Banks is leading the new project to develop a desktop printer to create batteries, supercapacitors and energy storage devices for phones or tablets, and solar, wind and wave power storage.

Researchers are analysing new techniques for rapid 3D printing with conductive graphene ink to create the batteries, funded by £500,000 from the EPSRC.

By incorporating graphene ink and creating novel 3D structures, it should increase the charge storage of batteries to meet possible future demands.

Prof Banks, Associate Dean for Research and Professor in Electrochemical and Nanotechnology, said: “Energy storage systems (ESS) are critical to address climate change and, as clean energy is generated through a variety of ways, an efficient way to store this energy is required.

“Lithium and sodium ion batteries and super/ultracapacitors are promising approaches to achieve this. This project will be utilising the reported benefits of graphene – it is more conductive than metal – and applying these into ESS.Read more

Source: Manchester Metropolitan University, mmu.ac.uk