The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 aims to transform the emirate of Abu Dhabi to have one of the strongest economies in the world. According to the vision, the demand for power in Abu Dhabi is among the highest in the region. Currently, this demand is met by the oil and gas sector. Abu Dhabi considers the sole dependence on fossil fuels to be an energy security issue. Therefore, in order to ensure that future energy demands are met, the leadership of Abu Dhabi is committed to have a diverse mix of power sources.
Because most renewable energy sources are intermittent, there is a critical need to invest in energy storage solutions that ensure power from renewable and sustainable technologies are reliable and available at all times of the day and night.
The Electrochemistry Lab works to provide these energy storage solutions. It is a unique shared core facility operated by Khalifa University’s Masdar Institute with the aim to develop advanced alternative energy and sustainable technologies.
The Electrochemical Lab’s R&D efforts are focused on developing electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices. Another focus of the Electrochemistry Lab is to explore co-generation of power and water via electrochemical methods. Finally, the Electrochemistry Lab is interested in the study of corrosion and proposes solutions that are tailored to the environment of Abu Dhabi; i.e. high temperature and high humidity.
In addition, the Electrochemical Lab develops a focused curriculum on electrochemical science and engineering. Through this curriculum, registered students will have an improved understanding of the theory behind electrochemical systems as well as hands-on experience that will involve laboratory practice. Furthermore, the Electrochemistry Lab will engage with the community and contribute to the development of local expertise by collaborating with local stakeholders and community on conducting various short courses that will showcase our innovations in the field.
Electrochemistry Lab has a state-of-the-art infrastructure and the facilities required to conduct cutting-edge electrochemistry-related research. The facilities include the followings: