Whether dealing with how energy is being generated, stored, transported or impacting the environment, global renewable energy demand is rapidly growing. The growth in the electrification of global energy needs is coupled with the increasing focus on climate change and the strides towards net zero carbon emissions.

By transitioning from fossil fuels to more renewable energy systems, a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved. However, to ensure constant energy supplies, unique battery storage and charging technology for our homes, industries, and transport systems are required. Novel electrolyte and separator materials will be required to aid in the rapid charging of high-density battery systems.

But conducting research and developing IP in the battery storage space is not the only environmentally conscious steps that SPARC is undertaking. The electrification of our energy needs must also align with a truly circular economy. What good is removing our dependence on fossil fuels if we’re eventually going to generate large amounts of e-waste which could leak into groundwater supplies? SPARC is also investigating technology to recycle and reuse the storage components as a means of mitigating the downstream waste footprint.