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.

2018 Annual Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications


**Call for oral presentations extended to 1st June**

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 aim to cover all technology classes, as well as demonstrators and deployment at grid/city scale, transportation, social acceptability and policy, with sessions proposed in the following topics: 

  • Mechanical/Kinetic storage
  • Transportation
  • Built Environment
  • Thermal/Chemical/Thermochemical storage
  • Grid scale storage/Power Management & Control
  • Electrochemical storage
  • Social, Policy & Economics 
  • Energy Systems & Advanced Tools

Proceedings for all oral presntations will be published in Energy Procedia. To apply for an oral presentatiton or a poster, please see below. 

Plenary Speakers


Opening Plenary

An Industry Persepective on Current Challenges in Energy Storage : Tim Hughes, Head of Research Projects, Siemens. 

Tim is the Head of Research Projects for Siemens plc, a role he started earlier this year, and is responsible for a portfolio of projects around Future Energy and Mobility. Prior to this he spent 10 years working for Siemens in Germany on a wide range of technology and innovation projects in the Healthcare and Energy sectors.

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Closing Plenary

An Academic Perspective on Current Challenges in Energy Storage : Professor Peter Littlewood, Faraday Institute, Harwell

Peter is the founding Executive Director of the Faraday Institution, he was Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, former Director of the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and former Head of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England.


Keynote Speakers

Awaiting confirmation at this time.


  • 1st April - open date for submission of 150 word poster abstract and 1-page oral presentation abstract call
  • **EXTENDED to 1st June** - close date for submission of 1-page oral presentation asbstracts
  • 17th June - oral presentation authors notified of outcome, session speakers confirmed
  • 1st July - close date for submission of poster abstract
  • 17th July - poster authors notified of outcome
  • 1st August - close date for oral presentations authors to provide the 4-page paper for Energy Procedia
  • 1st September - close date for submission of poster as PDF.

ORAL PRESENTATATION AUTHORS - click here to submit an oral presentation abstract, and here to download the 1-page abstract template.

ACCEPTED ORAL PRESENTATIONS - click here to download the Energy Procedia template for the 4-page paper. Please email the 4-page paper to the conference secretariat by 1st August, for inclusion in Energy Procedia after the conference.

POSTER AUTHORS - click here to submit a poster abstract. Please email a PDF copy of the poster to the conference secretariat by 1st Spetember, for inclusion in the event page at the CDT website after the conference.


Registration opens on 1st April and tickets are availble to be purchased online (via credit card) at the University of Sheffield online store here.

 Inox Dine - conference dinner location

Inox Dine - conference dinner location

  • Students - 1-day ticket £100 / 2-day ticket £150
  • Academic/Professionals* - 1-day ticket £200 / 2-day ticket £250
  • Conference Dinner  - 3 course meal with a half bottle of wine on Tuesday 11th September, at Inox Dine £50 
  • Exhibitor - a 2M stand, a conference dinner & 2-day ticket, a page in the conference programe £750

*50% discount for CDT PhD project sponosrs and supervisors

Registration includes all refreshments, lunch (supplied by local organic caterers PJ Taste), and the conference programme with all poster and oral presentation abstracts. All delegates will receive the link to the Energy Procedia issue for full oral paper proceedings, and a link to PDF copies of the posters.


 Conference room

Conference room

Each session will have a Poster and Oral presentation prize (an Amazon voucher), awarded at the end of the day.


The conference will be held across two floors of the Pam Liversidge Building, Faculty of Enngineering, Newcastle Street, University of Sheffield. Car parking is available nearby in many locations. We recommend the Q-Park at Rockingham Street.

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.

 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/Power Management & Control)
  • Professor Kais Atallah, University of Sheffield (Mechanical/Kinetic Storage)
  • Professor Martin Mayfield, University of Sheffield (Built Environment)
  • Professor Suleiman Sharkh, University of Southampton (Thermal/Chemical/Thermochemical Storage)
  • Professor Sid Patwardhan, University of Sheffield (Electrochemical Storage)
  • Dr Chris Jonoes, University of Surrey (Social, Policy & Economics)
  • Dr Solomon Brown, Social, Policy & Economics (Energy Systems & Advanced Tools)
  • Conference Secretariat - Sharon Brown email, tel +(44) 0114 222 4917


Tuesday 11th September

  • 09:30 Registration & Refreshments
  • 10:00 Welcome & Opening Plenary
  • 11:00 Parallel Session 1 - Mechanical/Kinetic Storage & Transportation
  • 1:30 Parallel Session 2 - Built Environment & Thermo/Chemical/Thermochemical Storage
  • 3:30 Parallel Session 3 - Grid scale storage/Power Management & Control & Electrochemical Storage I
  • 5:00 Oral presentaiton & Poster prize awards
  • 6:30 Conference Dinner

 Wednesday 12th September

  • 9:00 Registration & Refreshments
  • 9:30 Parallel Session 4 - Electrochemical Storage II & Social, Policy & Economics 
  • 11:30 Parallel Session 5 - Electrochemical Storage III & Energy Systems & Advanced Tools 
  • 2:00 Closing Plenary
  • 2:45 Oral & Poster prize awards
  • 3:00 Close