The abundance of renewable energy sources on our planet is sufficient to solve the energy and climate crisis. What hinders our shift towards a renewable energy landscape is primarily the geographic scattering and intermittent nature of most renewable energy sources. Consequently, it becomes crucial to convert surplus green power into energy carriers that can be easily stored, transported, and reused. Several metals, such as iron, aluminum, and magnesium, have been proposed as promising candidates for the long-term storage and long-distance transport of renewable energy. These metals can undergo reactions, either with atmospheric oxygen to release heat or with water to generate heat and hydrogen. The resulting byproducts, metal oxides, can be infinitively recycled and transformed back into metals using renewable energy.
This workshop represents the second international forum dedicated to the subject of Metal-enabled Cycle of Renewable Energy (MECRE). It will bring together leading scientists and technologists in this emerging field to exchange innovative insights and devise groundbreaking solutions aimed at accelerating the transition to clean energy through MECRE. If you have an interest in becoming a part of this exciting exploration, this workshop serves as an excellent starting point.