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.

3rd Annual Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications


It is our great pleasure to invite you to our 3rd CDT Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications, which will be held from 11-12 September 2018 at The University of Sheffield. This conference, organised by the CDT, has been running since 2016 and is open to all researchers in the energy storage community in the UK and international to attend - we welcome PGRs, early and senior academics and industrialists to attend and discuss progress on energy storage research and applications in the power and energy sectors. 

The conference covers all technology classes, as well as demonstrators and deployment at grid/city scale, transportation, social acceptability and policy, with sessions in the following topics: 

  • Storage for Transportation
  • Built Environment storage
  • Thermal/Chemical/Thermochemical storage
  • Grid scale storage/Power Management & Control
  • Electrochemical storage
  • Socio politico aspects for storage
  • Energy Systems & Advanced Tools

Plenary Speakers

Tim Hughes Head of Research Projects, Siemens plc

Tim is a Principal Key Expert with Siemens Corporate Technology.  After spending the previous 10 years in Germany, responsible for a number of projects within the Energy, Industrial and Medical sectors, he returned to Oxford last year to set up a new CT facility within the UK. He is now responsible for Energy Storage Systems within Corporate Technology with a focus on Advanced Battery Systems.

Will Morley-Brown Business and Product Development – Flexibility and Storage UK, E.ON

Will is the business development lead and UK co-ordinator for E.ON in flexibility and storage solutions for industrial and commercial customers, from behind the meter storage to monetisation and optimisation of flexibility in the UK ancillary services market, capacity mechanism and giving E.ON business supply customers the opportunity to flex their demand when electricity wholesale market prices spike.  He is also the Country coordinator for the global domain - working to tie in UK market demand feedback, promote product development and ensure new customer products meet the needs of E.ONs customers whilst adhering to UK energy regulations.

Dr Allan Paterson, Head of Programme Management, The Faraday Institution

Dr Allan Paterson is the Faraday Institution’s Head of Programme Management. Prior to joining, Allan was Chief Electrochemist as both Cummins and Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, where he led a team of electrochemists, managed a range of collaborative R&D projects including investigating new battery technologies and their application in next generation low carbon EV, PHEV and HEV applications. Allan has over 19 years’ experience in the field of lithium batteries, and over eight years in automotive batteries, including developing novel high energy densities materials and next-generation battery technologies. Allan holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews on advanced cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

Energy Storage for Transportation

Chaired by Professor Andy Cruden, University of Southampton

 Keynote Engineering Direction for Zero Emission Buses, from Will Scruton, Alexander-Denis

"Range extension of PHEVs through transmission optimal management" Xingda Yan, University of Southampton

“The potential for off-grid high rate EV chargers powered by solar PV by utilizing energy storage.” George Hilton, University of Southampton

"Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) modular strategy for aggregator control and data exchange in large scale V2G applications.” Hannes Krueger, University of Southampton

“Energy Storage Application into a Double DC Electric Railway.” Hammad H Alnuman, University of Sheffield

Built Environment

Chaired by Professor Martin Mayfield, University of Sheffield

Keynote Assessing the role of storage and flexibility in 2050 through least cost optimisation modelling from Dr Alex Buckman, Energy Systems Catapult

“Battery storage systems in smart grid optimised buildings.” Andreas Georg,akarakos, University of Sheffield

“Battery Energy storage systems for low voltage network management.” Richard Johnson, University of Sheffield

"Mathematical Modelling of a Smart Heating System utilizing solar and thermal energy storage." Maisara Abualqumboz, University of Dundee

Thermal/Chemical Storage

Chaired by Dr Ed Young, University of Southamtpon

Keynote Compact Phase-Change Material Heat Batteries for thermal energy storage: methods and analysis of accelerated thermal cycling, from Dr David Oliver, Material Development Manager, Sunamp

“A simple model for district heating feasibility.” Ian Brocklebank, University of Sheffield

“Investigating organic phase change material behaviour with thermal photography.” James Moore, University of Sheffield

“Thermal performance enhancement of energy storage systems via phase change materials utilising an innovative heat exchanger.” Ahmed Al-Mudhafar, Univesity of Sheffield

“Nanoencapsulated crystallohydrates for thermal energy storage: synthesis and applications.”Dimitry Shchukin, University of Liverpool

Grid-Scale & Power Control

Chaired by Professor David Stone, University of Sheffield

Keynote Energy Storage in Future Power Grids, from Dr Stephen Marland, Vice President Innovation, NationalGrid

“A transformerless multilevel converter with suppressed leakage current for battery energy storage and PV applications.” Izgun Gunsal, University of Sheffield

“Optimal operational strategy of wind battery storage unit for smoothing and trading of wind power.” Angeliki Loukatou University of Manchester

“Comparison of stability impacts of synchronous and induction machines used in kinetic energy storage systems for Microgrids applications.” Abid Soomro, City University of London

Electrochemical Storage

Session I

Chaired by Dr Denis Cumming, University of Sheffield

Keynote Examining the catastrophic failure of Na-ion batteries: a multi scale Study, from Dr James Robinson, University College London

“Cell designs and methods for the study of membranes and electrolytes in lithium-sulfur batteries” Nina Meddings, University of Southampton

“Development and characterisation of an aqueous hybrid Al3+/K+ ion battery.” Alex Holland, University of Southampton

“Experimental analysis of thermal runaway in lithium iron phosphate batteries.” Peter Bugryniec, University of Sheffield

"Development of C-supported PdAuNi nanoparticles for ethanol oxidation.” Ahmed Elsheikh, University of Sheffield

Session II

Chaired by Dr Becky Boston, University of Sheffield

Keynote Energy Storage and Conversion using Designer Carbon Materials, from Professor Magda Titirici, Queen Mary University of London

“Two-phase flow behaviour in polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysers: correlation of imaging with electrochemical performance.” Jude Majasan, University College London

"Optimising sodium-ion batteries by elimination of rate-limiting steps" Laurence Middlemiss, University of Sheffield

"Finite element study on the effect of particle interaction on the energy storage density of composite dielectrics." Carl Kennedy, University of Sheffield

“Attachment of Re(bpy)(CO)3Cl on to TiO2 nanoparticles for enhanced stability and manipulation of photo-catalytic efficiency.” Luke Price, University of Sheffield

Session III

Chaired by Professor Beverley Inkson, University of Sheffield

Keynote The spinel LiCoMnO4: 5V cathode and conversion anode, from Dr Nik Reeves-Mclaren,University of Sheffield 

"Mapping charged and discharged regions in high-voltage lithium-ion battery materials." Laura Wheatcroft, University of Sheffield

"Creating designer electrodes to increase capacity.” Daniel Atkinson, University of Sheffield

“Silicon and graphene composites for next generation anode design.” Connor Smyth, University of Sheffield

“High temperature secondary Lithium-ion batteries operating between 25 ⁰C and 150 ⁰C” Daniel Wright, University of Southampton

Social Science for Energy Storage

Chaired by Dr Chris Jones, University of Surrey

Keynote Understanding perceptions of energy storage technologies: Results of a questionnaire-based survey conducted in the UK, from Dr Chris Jones, University of Surrey

"Analysis of where and when the integration of Liquid Air Energy Storage with refrigerated warehouses could provide the greatest value to Europe.” Daniel Murant, University of Birmingham

“Self-Sufficiency Ratio - an insufficient metric for domestic PV-battery systems.” Susan Sun, University of Southampton

“Public perceptions of energy systems flexibility and storage.” Gareth Thomas, Cardiff University

“Hot off the press! A comparative media analysis of energy storage framing in Canadian newspapers.” Sara Ganowski, University of Waterloo, Canada

Energy Systems & Advanced Tools

Chaired by Dr Solomon Brown, Univerity of Sheffield

Keynote Energy storage as an integral part of whole energy systems, from Dr Haris Patsios, University of Newcastle

“Integration of energy storage with hybrid solar power plants.” Ruben Bravo, University of Edinburgh

“Numerical simulation model for short circuit prediction under compression and bending of 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries.” Muhammad Sheikh, WMG, University of  Warwick

“Thermal and electricity grid considerations to enable fast charging of electric vehicles. ”Thomas Bryden, University of Southampton

“Residential PV-BES systems: economic and grid impact analysis.” Siyuan Dong, University of Sheffield

Inox Dine - conference dinner location

Inox Dine - conference dinner location

Programme Timings

Day 1 : Tuesday 11th September

  • 9:30am Registration, Refreshments & Posters
  • 10am Welcome
  • 10:15am Plenary I Tim Hughes, Siemens
  • 11am Storage for Transportation Session
  • 12:30pm Lunch & posters
  • 1:30pm Parallel Session 1Built Environment Session / Thermal/Chemical Storage Session
  • 3pm Refreshments
  • 3:30pm Parallel Session 2 : Grid Scale & Control Session /Electrochemical Storage Part I Session
  • 5pm close of day
  • 6:30pm Conference Dinner at Inox Dine Restaurant, Union of Students

 Day 2 : Wednesday 12th September

  • 9am Refreshments & Posters
  • 9:30am Parallel Session 3Electrochemical Storage Part II Session / Socio Politico aspects for Storage Session
  • 11am Refreshments
  • 11:30am Parallel Session 4Electrochemical Storage Part III Session / Energy Systems & Advanced Tools Session
  • 1pm Lunch & Posters 
  • 2pm Presentation and Poster Prize Awards
  • 2:30pm Plenary II Will Morley-Brown, Business and Product Development – Flexibility and Storage UK, E.ON
  • 3:15pm Refreshments
  • 3:45pm Plenary III Dr Allan Paterson Head of Programme Management, The Faraday Institution
  • 4:30pm Close of conference


  • Students - 1-day ticket £50 / 2-day ticket £75
  • Academic/Professionals* - 1-day ticket £100 / 2-day ticket £150
  • Conference Dinner - 3 course meal with a half bottle of wine on Tuesday 11th September, at Inox Dine  - £50 
  • Exhibitor - a 2M stand, two 2-day conference & dinner tickets, a full page in the A4 conference programme  - £500

Tickets are available to be purchased online (via credit card) at the University of Sheffield online store here.

Registration includes: refreshments, lunch (supplied by local organic caterers PJ Taste), conference programme (includes poster and oral presentation abstracts) and a the link to the issue of Energy Procedia.

Conference room

Conference room


Conference  - will be held across D and E floor of the Pam Liversidge Building in the Faculty of Engineering, Newcastle Street, University of Sheffield.

Car parking - available nearby in many locations. We recommend the Q-Park at Rockingham Street or the Broad Lane City Council car park.

Public Transport - the venue is a 5 minute walk from the SuperTram West Street stop, and a 15 minute walk from Sheffield train station.

Hotels - the venue is in Sheffield City Centre, and hence there are many hotels nearby. We recommend the Hampton by Hilton on Broad Lane (nearest) and Leopold Hotel in the city centre - contact the conference secretariat for a University rate code for the Leopold Hotel.

Pam Liversidge Building, Faculty of Engineering

Pam Liversidge Building, Faculty of Engineering

Scientific Committee

The committee will review all poster and oral paper applications:

  • Professor Andrew Cruden, University of Southampton (Transportation)
  • Professor David Stone, University of Sheffield (Grid Scale Storage)
  • Professor Martin Mayfield, University of Sheffield (Built Environment)
  • Dr Ed Young, University of Southampton (Thermal/Chemical Storage)
  • Professor Beverley Inkson, Dr Denis Cumming, Dr Becky Boston, University of Sheffield (Electrochemical Storage Sessions)
  • Dr Chris Jones, University of Surrey (Social Science for Storage)
  • Dr Solomon Brown, University of Sheffield (Energy Systems & Advanced Tools)
  • Conference Secretariat - Sharon Brown email, tel +(44) 0114 222 4917