Britain’s University of Surrey is to start work on a new lithium-ion battery technology capable of capturing CO2 emissions, following an award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The project, which will be led by Dr Yunlong Zhao, will undertake research into batteries which use Li–CO2 electrochemical technology.

The research will look to achieve a breakthrough in efficient CO2 fixation to store energy.

Zhao is lecturer in Energy Storage and Bioelectronics at Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and is also senior research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

“The move to carbon neutral forms of energy supplies is critical to the long-term health of our planet and we are hopeful our ambitious new project will help to address this need,” said Zhao.

“This project will look at fundamental studies of electrochemical mechanisms through a multimodal in situ characterisation platform developed in collaboration with NPL.”