Runar Unnthorsson

Dr. Runar Unnthorsson is a professor and the head of the faculty of industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science at the University of Iceland. He specializes in innovation, system integration and performance engineering & testing. Dr. Runar has successfully led several research and development projects focused on developing innovative technologies, such as sensory substitution devices (acoustic and vibrotactile), audible and ultrasonic applications, and waste reclamation through gasification, thermoelectric conversion, and soil heating.

His experience and expertise make him a valuable partner in research projects that aim for innovation, system integration, and performance engineering & testing. Dr. Runar’s collaborative approach, coupled with his strong technical skills, makes him a sought-after collaborator in interdisciplinary research initiatives. His contributions to the advancement of engineering and technology are a testament to his passion and commitment to excellence.

Title of presentation: Aluminum-Ion Batteries – A Promising Alternative for Stationary Battery Storage

The main materials used for the production of lithium-ion batteries are nickel, cobalt and lithium. With the demand for lithium and nickel projected to outgrow its supply in the coming decade, there is an urgent need to explore alternative battery chemistries that do not have the same resource limitations as lithium batteries. In this talk, we will provide an overview of the stationary battery storage market and explore an exciting alternative to lithium batteries – the aluminium-ion battery. Compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries, aluminium-ion batteries offer several benefits, including lower cost, greater safety and longer lifetime.

We will present an aluminium-ion battery that the Icelandic company Alor and its Spanish partner Albufera-Energy Storage are developing for stationary energy storage applications. We will discuss the fundamental chemistry and the advantages it holds over traditional lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, we will present results from two usage test scenarios. This will provide insights into the commercialization potential of aluminium-ion batteries in the stationary battery storage market.

By the end of this talk, you will have a better understanding of the potential of aluminium-ion batteries and the role they could play in powering our future. This includes their ability to meet the growing demand for stationary energy storage systems while addressing concerns about resource limitations and safety issues associated with lithium batteries.

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  • Title of presentation: Aluminum-Ion Batteries - A Promising Alternative for Stationary Battery Storage