University of Birmingham to host UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES) 2016

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The University of Birmingham is set to host the third UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES) 2016 on 30 November – 2 December for the second year running.

UKES 2016 is organised by the Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the Science & Technologies Facilities Council Network in Battery Science and Technology, which are all funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

In line with the ethos of the Energy SUPERSTORE, the conference endeavours to bring together over 300 energy storage researchers from academia, industry and policy– inspiring collaborations for future research.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Sally Fenton, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Ian Goodman, Vayon Group
  • Professor Clare Grey, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Dan Rogers, University of Oxford
  • Professor Phil Taylor, Newcastle University

The University of Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES). The Centre, established in 2013, brings research expertise from across the University to drive innovation from the laboratory to market. The Centre recognises how energy storage, particularly thermal and cryogenic energy based technologies, coupled with appropriate policy, could play an important role in delivering an integrated energy system.

The early work behind cryogenic energy storage research was undertaken in the UK by Professor Yulong Ding, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. The Centre is also the first in the UK to have a research facility for energy storage using cryogenic liquids, comprising new laboratories, state of the art equipment, and a major demonstration plant.

Following the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to tour the cryogenic and thermal energy storage facilities, including the new test-cells in mechanical engineering for liquid air piston engine development, and the 350k/3MWh cryogenic energy storage pilot plant.

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, Senior Research Fellow and Policy Director, Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham, said:

The UKES conference is the pre-eminent gathering for the country’s energy storage research community, bringing together those from universities, business and the public sector. Energy storage technologies will be an important component of the low carbon transition, but need continued work to ensure they reach their full potential. We are delighted that the conference has returned to the University of Birmingham, where we have established a leading position in energy storage innovation across disciplines and in partnership with industry, focusing on thermal technologies and their integration into energy systems.”

Please visit the UKES 2016 website for further information and to register your attendance.