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Energy storage smart windows: from material development to engineering single flexible device with integrated electrochromic and capacitive functions
Project status: Ongoing
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Contracting authority: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI)

Project code: PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-1728

Contract number: PCE 46/2022  

Acronym: EnStoreSW

Project Description

The need to explore safe and sustainable energy sources is an imperative concern of the world today. Majority of renewable energy sources depend on the daytime and climate circumstances, therefore one challenge is undeniably the storage of energy. To meet this issue, a cross-disciplinary approach will be applied, from materials synthesis and physico-chemical investigation to engineering low-cost energy devices. More specific, EnStoreSW aims at developing thiophene-based polymers for use as both capacitive and electrochromic materials in flexible energy storage smart windows (ESSWs). At the proposal stage, the chemical structures of monomers and polymers have been designed. During project implementation, experiments will be carried out to synthesize and characterize them. The polymers will be used to develop new electrode materials with electrochromic and capacitive functions, by various wet methods, with focus on flexible electrodes. First, these will be tested in three-electrode cell configuration to screen the material performance, and thereafter validated in device configuration. Exploration and optimization of electrode materials, electrolytes and device structures are the key objectives that meet the ambition of EnStoreSW towards high performance ESSWs.

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