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.

REA Partner Event - Energy Storage and Connected Systems
Feb 8

REA Partner Event - Energy Storage and Connected Systems

  • Olympia Conference Centre

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.

CDT Energy Storage Conference
9:00 am09:00

CDT Energy Storage Conference

  • The University of Sheffield

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 by 31st July. 


Southampton Electrochemistry Conference
9:30 am09:30

Southampton Electrochemistry Conference

  • University of Southampton
  • 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.

Keith Clarke CBE "It's not who gets a fridge, it's how"
1:00 pm13:00

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

  • Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield

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.

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

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.

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


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 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

11:00 am11:00

FindAPhD Live!

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

FindAPhD LIVE! is completely free to attend and will give you the chance to meet the people that matter: University representatives, funding bodies, doctoral training centres, current PhD students, careers advisors, and of course, the FindAPhD team!