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.

'Electricity - the spark of life' Festival
Oct
20
to Oct 21

'Electricity - the spark of life' Festival

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Electricity: The spark of life

Electricity is a powerful force of nature, spectacular and thrilling. For centuries, humans battled to harness and control it.

Today electricity is central to our existence. We use it without thinking about it and only notice it when it isn’t there.

Featuring stunning commissions from three contemporary artists, Electricity: The spark of life examines how scientists experimented with electricity and how mass generation and distribution changed our lives.

Through iconic objects such as Edison lightbulbs and emerging smart technologies, we uncover how supply companies convinced us of electricity’s importance and explore electricity’s place in a low carbon future.

If you’re visiting with children, pick up a trail and guide yourself through the exhibition with games and challenges. Or visit Spark Space, our activity zone within the gallery.

This is a Wellcome Collection exhibition in collaboration with Teylers Museum, Netherlands and the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester.

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Festival of the Mind 2018
Sep
20
to Sep 30

Festival of the Mind 2018

  • All around campus and Sheffield city centre (map)
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From 20–30 September 2018 we’re teaming up with Sheffield’s creative and digital community for a celebration of ideas, culture and collaboration. Last year’s festival saw 50,000 visitors attend 75+ events across 16 venues.

Our students will be demonstrating their own renewable energy generation and battery storage game for children (from age 8 onwards) and adults to play, called Keep the Lights On. You can also talk to our students about their research, and career aspirations, in energy storage and how you can do your bit for renewable energy. 

Follow all the activities at http://festivalofthemind.group.shef.ac.uk/ and @FestivalMind.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the International Power Sources Symposium for their kind donation to the CDT in Energy Storage, which funded the development of this game for outreach activities.

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3rd Annual CDT Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications
Sep
11
to Sep 12

3rd Annual CDT Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications

  • Pam Liversidge Building (map)
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Our third annual conference is to be held at the University of Sheffield, and is open to all academic researchers, industry professionals and members of the public, with parallel sessions covering the latest research in, and industry deployment of;

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

Our conference dinner will be at Inox Dine (University of Sheffield Students Union) on Tuesday 11th September.

Tickets will be on sale shortly, once we have confirmed some of our speakers and arranged the call for abstracts.

Enquires to hello@energystorage-cdt.ac.uk in the interim.

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Open Seminar: Progress and Challenges in Continuous Pharmaceutical and Green Manufacturing
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Open Seminar: Progress and Challenges in Continuous Pharmaceutical and Green Manufacturing

Abstract
Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (CPM) emerges as a ground-breaking technology which can invigorate the global pharmaceutical industry by sustainably fostering its agility and the affordability of healthcare for large populations: advances in continuous organic synthesis routes which induce demonstrations of full (end-to-end) continuous pharmaceutical production and comparative economic analyses explicitly illustrate CPM advantages, thus attracting the strong interest of global pharmaceutical corporations and authoritative regulatory bodies. Remarkable corporate investments in production-scale CPM facilities illustrate the value of this novel paradigm. 

This lecture will focus on our successful applications of process systems engineering methodologies (process synthesis, modelling, simulation and optimisation) towards evaluating technical efficiency, environmental impact and economic viability of several new continuous processes for manufacturing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) of high importance (ibuprofen, artemisinin, diphenhydramine, cyclosporine), based on published flow synthesis precedents. Original process design, economic and environmental impact results will be presented. Beyond this, we will discuss current challenges, but also how the technoeconomic evaluation and optimisation framework we have established is directly useful towards Green Manufacturing in high-value product industries.

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Open Seminar:  The UK Battery Innovation Centre and electrochmical energy storage
Jun
7
1:00 PM13:00

Open Seminar: The UK Battery Innovation Centre and electrochmical energy storage

Dr John Low is a key member of the UK Battery Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick, which recently won signficant funding through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to set up. 

Dr Low's work involves the design, build, test, characterisation and post-mortem analysis of electrochemical energy storage devices. They include stationary batteries, flow batteries and supercapacitors for electric transportation and grid-scale energy storage. Research focuses on accelerating the advances in electrochemistry research through to electrochemical engineering scale-up including cell design engineering, device manufacturing (battery, supercapacitor) and process optimisation (chemical, electrochemical).

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Open Seminar: Spectro-electrochemistry of battery electrode interfaces
May
30
1:00 PM13:00

Open Seminar: Spectro-electrochemistry of battery electrode interfaces

Laurence Hardwick is the Director of the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and Professor of Electrochemistry within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, where since 2011, he has been working on investigating the reaction mechanisms of metal-air batteries and the development of surface sensitive in situ electrochemical Raman and infrared spectroscopies for the examination of more applied electrochemical interfaces.
He received his MChem in Chemistry in 2003 from the University of Southampton and PhD in Chemistry from ETH-Zurich (Switzerland) in 2006. Before joining the faculty at Liverpool, he spent his postdoctoral time working in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) investigating Li-ion battery electrode degradation mechanisms and lithium ion diffusion pathways through carbon, followed by studying the chemical and electrochemical processes in lithium-oxygen cells at the University of St Andrews. He has (co)authored over 50 papers in refereed journals, and has helped organise and chair numerous national and international electrochemistry symposia and workshops. He is presently an associated editor of the journal Electrochimica Acta.

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Open Seminar: Sustainable development using energy storage
May
9
2:00 PM14:00

Open Seminar: Sustainable development using energy storage

Professor Handan Tezel, University of Ottawa

Tezel started her undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and later transferred to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, USA where she received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979.

She then moved to Canada to continue her graduate work, receiving her M.Sc.E. and Ph.D. degrees from University of New Brunswick in 1981 and 1986, respectively, under the supervision of Professor Douglas M. Ruthven. Professor Tezel joined University of Ottawa as an Assistant Professor in 1988, following two years of Post-Doctoral studies at the University of New Brunswick. She spent a sabbatical leave at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as a Research Engineer working in their Adsorption Technology Center. Prof. Tezel also worked as a Part-time Professor in Ecole des Mines de Nantes, in FRANCE in 2006 and 2007.

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Festival of Doctoral Research
May
8
to May 24

Festival of Doctoral Research

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The Doctoral College at the University of Southampton wll hold its next Festival of Doctoral Research from Tuesday 8 May to Thursday 24 May 2018. The annual Festival showcases doctoral researchers and enables them to connect with each other and the wider community.

Our students will be demonstrating their own hand controlled battery recycling machine, and talking about how batteries are recycled and the importance of recycling as battery use for devices, appliances and electric vehicles is expanding rapidly.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the International Power Sources Symposium for their kind donation to the CDT in Energy Storage, which funded this outreach project.

For further information on the Festival please visit https://www.southampton.ac.uk/doctoral-college/research-community/main-festival-page.page

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Battery Tech Expo
Mar
15
9:30 AM09:30

Battery Tech Expo

The CDT will be available at the Battery Tech Expo as part of the representation by the Centre for Research into Electrical Eenergy Storage and Applications (CRESSA) based at the University of Sheffield. Dr Dan Gladwin from CREESA will be speaking at the Expo, which is free to attend.

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REA Partner Event - Energy Storage and Connected Systems
Feb
7
to Feb 8

REA Partner Event - Energy Storage and Connected Systems

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Visit our stand at this event. Building on the REA's 'Energy Storage - The New Market Dynamic' event in January 2016, 'Energy Storage & Connected Systems' will bring together key industry figures to focus on the future of energy storage in the UK; covering practical examples of storage that are currently being deployed and how they integrate into a broader network of connected systems including smart buildings, grids and electric vehicle infrastructure.

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CDT Energy Storage Conference
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

CDT Energy Storage Conference

A one day networking conference aimed at researchers and developers in all disciplines of energy storage. Sessions will cover technology developments, application of storage and policy. 

Delegate tickets include lunch, and are available at the University of Sheffield Online Shop at the following rates;

  • University of Sheffield students/academics - £36 inc VAT
  • External delegates (academic or industry) - £90 inc VAT
  • Display stand area with one delegate pass - £180 inc VAT

Posters - there will  be space to display 20 posters from non CDT students. If you wish to submit an A1 poster please send the title and 50 word abstract to sharon.brown@sheffield.ac.uk by 31st July. 

 

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Southampton Electrochemistry Conference
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Southampton Electrochemistry Conference

  • Nuria Garcia-Araez (Southampton) - A Quantitative Tool to Predict the Phase Composition of Lithium-Sulphur Batteries
  • Flavio Maran (University of Padova) - Electrochemistry and Properties of Molecular Gold Nanoclusters
  • Richard Nichols (University of Liverpool) - STM Studies of Electrochemical Single Molecule Transistors and Molecular Wires
  •  Dmitry Bavykin (University of Southampton)- Hierarchical tubes in tube TiO2 nanostructures prepared by electrophoretic deposition

Registration is not required.

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Keith Clarke CBE "It's not who gets a fridge, it's how"
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Keith Clarke CBE "It's not who gets a fridge, it's how"

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Climate change requires two fundamental responses from the global society: one is adaptation, which the rich will undoubtedly do and in the most part successfully and the other is mitigation, which ensures that the inequality currently pervasive in the world is at least contained and that we avoid disastrous long term global conditions.  The former is just the same questions with bigger answers, the latter is a revolution in the way we run our economies and societies.

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Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

The Role of Ionic liquids in energy conversion

Professor Peter Hall, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering invites you to attend a guest lecture from Roberto Torresi, Inst Chemistry, Sao Paulo on 'The Role of Ionic liquids in energy conversion.' 

LT20, G Floor, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Portobello Street, University of Sheffield S1 3JD

Please advise your attendance if you are not a student or staff member of the University of Sheffield by email to Sharon Brown at sharon.brown@sheffield.ac.uk

Abstract: 
Physicochemical characterization of ionic liquids will be discussed regarding their potential applications as materials for energy conversion and storage applications. Properties as electrochemical window, density, viscosity and ionic conductivity will be presented. The diffusion coefficient was obtained by two different techniques, PGSE-NMR and Li electrodeposition with microelectrodes. In addition, the Li+ transport number was also calculated by the PGSE-NMR technique and by an electrochemical approach. Raman spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations were used to evaluate the short-range structure of the liquids. The results found suggest that these Li+ mixtures have promising properties for potential applications as electrolytes in batteries. The polarity and hidrophilicity or lipophilicity can be varied through a suitable choice of the anion. The phosphonium ionic liquids, are thermally stable and they are interesting for use in electrochemical systems. With the strongly electron-withdrawing phosphonium groups, the anion is expected to possess several desirable properties, such as resistance to oxidation and weak cation coordination. All liquids are stable till over 400°C and it is observed that adding the lithium salt, there is an increase in the viscosity and density, but surprisingly a slight increase in the ionic conductivity is observed. This result is unusual compared with other ILs derives from other anions and it shows that it is a promising result considering the application as electrolyte for lithium ion batteries. Finally, we will present some discussion about the scene of energy storage and conversion in Brazil.

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Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Open lecture by Peter Hall: Aspects of combustion theory that directly relates to the Volkswagen crisis.

This lecture is part of the energy introduction lecture course for CDT students but is open to delegates from across the University and to members of the public, as it is of contemporary relevance due to the Volkswagen crisis.

In order to work efficiently petrol and diesel internal combustion engines normally operate under precisely controlled fuel-lean combustion conditions. However, the fundamental combustion chemistry leads to NOx production.  This problem is particularly acute for modern diesel engines, which attain higher maximum temperatures due to large compression ratios.  Less efficient fuel rich combustion on the other hand tends to reduce any combustion-produced NOx to N2.  It is much less efficient.  Therefore to meet highly stringent NOx emission targets the propensity would be to run diesel engines under less-efficient conditions for the test period.  In this lecture fundamental structure of flames is reviewed, as is fundamental flame nitrogen chemistry.

The answer to this dilemma may be to introduce additional selective catalytic reduction devices – which would entail a major redesign of diesel engines and adding additional costs.

Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015 11am – 12pm London

Location: Lecture Theatre 10, F Floor, Deptartment of Civil & Structural Engineering, Mappin Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD

To attend please confirm to Sharon Brown at hello@energystorage-cdt.ac.uk

 

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Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Open Industry Lunch - University of Southampton

Room 2013, Building 176, University of Southampton Boldrewood Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton SO16 7QF

 Discover how working with the Centre has many benefits, including-
  *   COST EFFECTIVE We can offer our industry partners no-cost short term research projects as part of our student training, and longer term PhD projects financially supported by University and EPSRC funding.
  *   RELEVANT Create and drive doctoral research tailored to meet your challenges.
  *   VALUE Access our world class research facilities and experts in energy storage.
  *   RECRUITMENT Our graduates can deliver excellent technical skills to your company

Directions – available online here

Please RSVP to hello@energystorage-cdt.ac.uk to register to attend.

If this date or location is not convenient we would also be delighted to invite you the University of Sheffield or Southampton to suit your availability

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