Energy Storage and its Applications

The ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton opened in October 2014, funded by the EPSRC, to tackle industrial challenges and develop new technologies and skills that will enable the UK to meet its low carbon targets.

2015 cohort

Peter Bugrygniec

1st, MEng  Mechanical Engineering, 2014, University of Manchester

Sheffield cohort

In the summer prior to my final year I was on placement within the 'Tyndall Centre for climate change research' at the University of Manchester. This experience working along side researchers and academics spurred me on to peruse my interest in sustainability and the environment at a higher academic level. I chose the Energy Storage and its Applications CDT because of the importance of energy storage in the role of improving the environmental characteristics of the energy network.

Michael Dong

BEng Thermal Engineering, 2013, North China Electric Power University; MSc Energy & Environmental Engineering, 2014, University of Sheffield

Sheffield cohort

I have joined this CDT program with a background in engineering with bachelors and masters degrees from two top universities. The global energy trilemma, particularly the difficulties regarding effective energy storage, are becoming increasingly important to global industry, it is this which is the interest of my academic research. This interest in energy storage, combined with the CDT's intimate relationships with industry allows me to undertake further research to find sustainable energy storage solutions.

Jake Entwistle

1st, MChem Chemistry, 2015, University of Sheffield

Southampton cohort

Throughout my undergraduate degree in Chemistry i became increasingly interested in sustainable economies and specifically the energy industry. I knew grew to understand the importance of energy storage systems and was drawn to the ESA CDT as it offered the opportunity to build on my understanding of chemistry, and develop a new understanding of the challenges  faced within the energy storage sector taught from academic experts within the first year. I’m looking forward to progressing onto a PhD project which i am highly motivated towards and personally invested in.

Izgun Gunsal 

2:1, MEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering, 2015, University of Sheffield

Sheffield cohort

 Throughout my degree I enjoyed expanding my knowledge on energy industry. The continual increase of energy demand and the increased use of natural sources for energy generation create a need for a more efficient source of energy storage. Energy storage also plays a vital role on green generation and stability of power distribution. For this reason, I decided to join Energy Storage CDT to address and hopefully bring a new perspective to energy storage problem. I wanted to be a part of this team as it is integrated with industry.

Hannes Krueger

1st, MEng Mechanical Engineering, 2015, University of Southampton

Southampton cohort

I chose to be part of the ESA CDT for various reasons, including world-class teaching at both Southampton and Sheffield University as well as the strong bonds between the CDT and a number of partners in industry. Further, the field of energy storage is not only an interesting challenge, but also becomes increasingly important in our attempt to find more sustainable energy sources. By completing this program I expect to become a skilled expert in this field while further widening my knowledge in different engineering disciplines.


Laurence Middlemiss

1st MChem Chemistry, 2015,  University of Sheffield

Sheffield cohort

Having thoroughly enjoyed the four years I spent at the University of Sheffield , I am now looking forward to continuing my studies in Sheffield, whilst benefitting from the opportunity to work alongside students and staff at the University of Southampton . I believe that the way forward depends on scientists engaging in collaborative and cross-disciplinary work, as good practice often develops when those with diverse backgrounds and specialisms work together.  This is what attracted me to working on the ESA CDT research programme and I am confident that through collaborative working, we can solve the demand for efficient energy storage.

Luke Price

1st, MChem Chemistry, 2013, University of Huddersfield

Sheffield cohort

My desire to undertake the four year CDT Energy Storage program came from the fact that it will allow me to increase my understanding of the energy storage sector from a much broader range such as the technologies, analytical procedures and social economical aspects surrounding energy storage on the whole. Given that the centre draws on disciplines from more than one area of expertise when approaching questions of research to gain an insight from different angles, I look forward to being part of the cohort where I can discover key concepts from the other disciplines whilst offering my own knowledge in future projects should it be helpful.

Fred Vellacott

1st, MEng Civil Engineering, 2013, University of Sheffield

Sheffield cohort

I worked as a hydraulic modeller after graduating, however I am fascinated by the current challenges society faces in interaction with the environment.During my degree I developed a particular interest in assessing the whole life benefits of different technologies, and my dissertation explored rammed earth building technology as a technique to achieve high thermal mass with low embodied energy. While working in a modelling consultancy I found completion of a research project the most satisfying aspect of my role, so I am excited by the opportunities the Energy Storage CDT gives me to research sustainable solutions for our thirst for energy.

Clive Shaw

1st, MEng Chemical Engineering, 2014, University of Surrey

Southampton cohort


As part of the final year of my degree I did two energy storage related projects. The first was a research project on an analysis of the integration of electrochemical battery energy storage into the UK's national grid with wind power and the second was a multidisciplinary project to carry out a design and feasibility study on a 100MWh SMES system. Through these projects I gained an interest and an appreciation of the significance of energy storage and hence I joined the CDT for Energy Storage as it allows me to further my knowledge and contribution in the field whilst working with leading experts and industry.

Susan Sun

1st, MPhys Physics, 2013, University of Oxford

Southampton cohort

After my physics degree specialising in solid state and atmospheric physics, I worked for two years at the metrology company Renishaw. Though it was fun and educational, I was keen to take my formal education further. The CDT in energy storage seems a perfect opportunity to learn about a vital component of renewable power that has lagged far behind the modest progress of renewable sources themselves. I hope to be able to put my computer modelling skills and theoretical knowledge to good use and actually benefit society just a little bit some day. 

Laura Wheatcroft

1st, MEng Materials Science and Engineering, 2015,  Imperial College London

Southampton cohort

My masters project involved studying solid electrolyte materials for lithium batteries which led to an interest in further exploring materials for the energy storage sector. However as energy storage is a multi-faceted challenge I felt a broader overview of the industry was needed before focussing on a project. The CDT provided the perfect opportunity to both obtain a broad overview and study interesting materials science which will help towards my goal of a career in the industry.