UKES2014 - UK Energy Storage Conference 2014

Bringing together the energy storage research community, inspiring future collaborations.

University of Warwick


Over 300 delegates attended

About UKES2014

The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are delighted to announce the first UK Energy Storage Research Conference, UKES2014. The conference aims to provide an inclusive platform for all researchers in Energy Storage, including PhD students, early career researchers and senior scientists, in academia, industry, research institutes and Government, to present their work through talks and poster sessions. This is the first in a new UK annual conference series celebrating the best research and innovation in energy storage across all sectors. We are grateful to the RCUK Energy Programme for financial support.

Who Should Attend?

The conference is aimed at PhD students, early career, and senior researchers in Industry, Academia, Research Institutes and Government, in the UK and internationally.


  • Andrew Cruden, Energy Storage and its Applications - Download
  • Atle Harby, Mechanical energy storage Status and future development Focus on hydropower - Download
  • Andrew Kilpatrick, High temperature underground thermal energy storage - Download
  • Dr. Andrew Pimm, CAES with Liquid Air Extension: Economic Analysis - Download
  • Alister Wilson, Sizing and Optimizing Energy Storage for Balancing Renewable Energy Generation at Multiple Scales - Download
  • Christos Markides, Pumped Thermal Electricity Storage(PTES) For Large-Scale ElectricalEnergy Storage Applications - Download
  • David Greenwood, Energy Storage for Automotive Applications - Download
  • David MacLeman, SSEPD Energy Storage projects - Download
  • Edward Barbour, Jonathan Radcliffe, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding, Assessing the value of distributed Energy Storage systems: A case study of the University of Birmingham - Download
  • Ellen Webborn, Energy Storage: Seeking Economic Viability through Price Arbitrage and Electricity Grid Balancing Service Contracts - Download
  • Girts Vitins, High Specific Energy Li-ion Cells with Si Anodes for EV Batteries - Download
  • Ian Whyte, Flow Batteries: Design And Experience - Download
  • Jawwad A. Darr, Pilot Plant Scale-Up of High Rate M-doped C-LiFePO4 Made via CHFS - Download
  • Joel Guilbaud, Economic assessment of the potential for
    hybrid renewable power systems in the
    mining industry - Download
  • John Barton, A Time-Step Analysis of the Role of Energy Storage in UK Low-Carbon Energy Scenarios in the Year 2050 - Download
  • John Collins, An overview of POWAIR – A zinc air flow battery for low cost electrical energy storage - Download
  • John Owen, Improving lithium-air batteries using redox mediators - Download
  • Dr Jonathan Radcliffe , Energy storage national roadmap - Download
  • Kairu Li, Feasibility Study of Integration of a Power Plant Steam Cycle with Thermal Energy Storage - Download
  • Kasra Zarisfi, Hydraulic Storage: A New Storage Concept for Wind Turbines - Download
  • Keith Bevis, EVALU8 TRANSPORT INNOVATIONS - Download
  • Marcos Lafoz, Application of Flywheels in Electric Grids With High Penetration of Renewable Energies - Download
  • Matej Velicky, Electron Transfer Kinetics on Graphene/Graphite and MoS2 - Download
  • Mathew Aneke, Application of Cryogenic Energy Storage Concept and Binary Cycle Heat Engine in Improving the Energy Efficiency of Oxy-Coal Combustion Carbon Capture through Process Integration - Download
  • Matthew Dyer, Calculations on vacancy doped LiMgPO4 - Download
  • Michael Ayres, DearmanEngine Company –Cold and Power - Download
  • Monica Giulietti, Revenues from storage in a competitive energy market: empirical evidence from Great Britain - Download
  • Nuria Garcia-Araez, Fundamental development of lithium-air batteries - Download
  • N Mukherjee, A Practical Investigation of Power Quality using an LCL Filter Based Grid Connected Energy Storage System without Active Filtering - Download
  • Paul Henshall/Philip Eames, Performance of Evacuated Flat- Plate Solar Collectors Integrated with Thermal Energy Storage Systems Download
  • Renaldi Renaldi, Optimisation of Thermal Enegy Storage Integration in a Residential Heating System - Download
  • Richard Mathie, Losses in Reciprocating Compressors and Expanders for Energy Storage Applications: An Experimental and Computational Study UK Energy Storage Conference 2014 - Download

Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham

    Thermo-mechanical energy storage and its potential integration with renewable energy generation
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  • Clare Grey, University of Cambridge

    Lithium and sodium batteries
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  • Phil Eames, Loughborough University

    Thermal energy storage
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  • Laurence Hardwick , University of Liverpool

    Understanding the cathode/electrolyte interface in the lithium-oxygen battery
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  • David MacLeman, Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) Power Distribution Ltd

    Integration and Management of Energy Storage
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  • Robert Slade, University of Surrey

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  • Peter Taylor , University of Leeds

    System benefits, regulation and policy
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  • Vanessa Wood, ETH Zürich

    Characterizing Structure at Multiple Length Scales for Designing Better Batteries
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  • John Collins, C-Tech Innovation

    Flow Batteries
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Scientific Advisory Board

  • Imperial College London
    Nigel Brandon (Chair)

    Vladimir Yufit
    Gregory Offer
  • University of Warwick
    Paul Jennings
    Jihong Wang
  • University of Birmingham
    Yulong Ding
    Jonathan Radcliffe
  • University of Cambridge
    Clare Grey
  • Oxford University
    Patrick Grant
    Peter Bruce
  • University of Southampton
    Andrew Cruden
  • University of Bath
    Saiful Islam
  • University College London
    Paul Shearing

Session Themes

  • Lithium and sodium batteries
  • Thermal storage
  • Flow batteries
  • Metal air batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Mechanical energy storage
    (liquid & compressed air, flywheel)
  • Integration and Management
  • System benefits, regulation and policy
  • Advanced diagnostics and characterisation

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission for oral presentations at this conference is now closed and the successful candidates have been notified. If you wish to present a poster at this conference, please complete the form below or email Jacqueline Edge at Delegates are invited to register to hear about leading edge research on energy storage around the UK and to participate in collaborative learning and networking events.

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Schedule for UKES2014 has been updated.

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Maplesoft workshop: Discretisation of PDE Problems Using Symbolic Techniques for Energy Storage Systems Modelling

Partial differential equations (PDEs) are used to describe a wide variety of phenomena such as sound, heat, electrostatic, electrodynamics, elasticity, fluid flow, etc., and solving them is a critical step to better understanding the behaviours of a physical process. In this presentation you will learn how to define a PDE as a process in Maple’s symbolic environment and solve it using different techniques, namely finite difference method, collocation method, and Galerkin’s technique.

Maplesoft tutors will give a presentation will also demonstrate, through the use of examples and case studies, the advanced symbolic mathematics techniques for several technical problems including heat transfer and high-fidelity battery design. The presentation also shows the integration between Maple and MapleSim to create high-fidelity multi-domain models of physical systems based on the results from solving PDEs in Maple.

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Laboratory tours

At the end of the UKES2014 conference on the 27th November, all delegates are cordially invited to tour the laboratories at the University of Birmingham and the WMG Centre HMV Catapult. You may choose to visit either, or both: please specify your preference when you register through the registration form below, or contact Jacqueline Edge at if you wish to change your selection. Lunch will be provided for all delegates attending the tours.

University of Birmingham

Transport from the conference venue to the University of Birmingham will be provided. The tours will be followed by a drinks reception.

The Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage will comprise a suite of state-of-the-art laboratory spaces across the University of Birmingham led by Professor Yulong Ding. The Centre offers facilities which will take energy storage research through to grid-connected testing. It has been enabled by a £6m capital grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and industrial and institutional contributions, with the laboratories due for completion in August 2014. The tour will include:

  • Completely refurbished laboratory space in Chemical Engineering which will focus on research into thermal energy storage materials and processes, with small-scale manufacturing capability;
  • New test-cells in Mechanical Engineering for liquid air piston engine development;
  • An upgraded Smart Grid lab which will allow for the real-time simulation of energy storage technologies on local and national electricity networks;
  • New equipment in Metallurgy and Materials to provide characterisation and testing facilities for new energy storage materials.

The 350kW/3MWh cryogenic energy storage pilot plant will be sited next to the Chemical Engineering labs, with the space currently being prepared, to receive the equipment from the Highview site in Slough by March 2015.

University of Warwick: WMG Centre HMV Catapult

The WMG tours are now fully subscribed

WMG’s unique Energy Innovation Centre comprises of hybrid powertrain testing facilities, battery characterisation testing laboratories and a battery scale-up line facility.

The Centre supports research to tackle the challenges in developing hybrid/electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Our team of academic staff and engineers test applications relating to safety, performance and reliability. To complement this, WMG’s newly established scale-up line facility will allow the creation of A5 sized lithium ion pouch cells to investigate new materials to optimise the scale-up of new battery innovations.

Delegates attending the WMG tours will be provided with a buffet lunch. After this, they will be assembled into smaller tour groups and shown the following facilities:

  • Vehicle Energy Facility
    The Vehicle Energy Facility is a hybrid powertrain research facility which provides testing capabilities for testing and characterisation of hybrid powertrains, components and control systems. The facility includes; large and small dynamometers, battery simulator and cycler, emissions measurement equipment, thermal chamber with dynamometer and simulation platforms for mock-up and virtual testing.
  • Battery testing and characterisation facilities
    The battery testing and characterisation facilities enable our research team to undertake a programme of tests on commercially available batteries from cell to pack level. The tests provide critical real-world data such as performance, reliability and ageing effects to determine the right selection for a given application. The facility includes; battery cyclers, abuse testing chambers, vibration test chamber, temperature control storage chambers, hydraulic crash rig, thermal imaging cameras, electrical impedance spectroscopy and AC ripple test system.
  • Battery scale-up Laboratory
    The facilities currently contain equipment for the manufacture of lithium ion pouch cells up to A5 size. Our research team can help with electrode formulation, electrode design, cell making and testing, to produce prototype cells that are much more representative of production cells. The facility includes mixing and coating equipment, cell making equipment in a dry room and supporting analytical equipment.


UKES2014 will be held at the University of Warwick, indicated by the green 'V' on the map below - click on this symbol for a map of the campus and more information.

Registration for the conference starts at 12:00 pm on the 25th November, in the Panorama Suite, 2nd floor of the Rootes Building (marked 55 on the campus map). The conference sessions are to be held in the Chancellor’s Suite in the Rootes Building, and the Butterworth Hall in the Warwick Arts Centre across the road. There will be staff available to guide you between venues on all conference days.

The University of Warwick's Joining instructions gives information about the wide range of campus facilities available to delegates. If you are travelling by car, How to find us gives clear directions to the campus from all motorways, however please note that parking is severely restricted during term time and you may need to park off campus, unless your accommodation arrangements include parking space. If you are travelling by rail or by air, see Travelling by Rail & Air.

Butterworth Hall, University of Warwick

Butterworth Hall, University of Warwick

Butterworth Hall Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

Tel: 024 7652 2280

For 30 years the Butterworth Hall has played host to a huge number of stars from the worlds of classical, popular and contemporary music and comedy alongside local youth orchestras and young people from local schools engaging in our extensive education programme.

The Butterworth Hall is also the location for key moments in the University’s calendar, such as the Vice Chancellor’s Address to Students and Graduation ceremonies.

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We recommend that you book accommodation as soon as possible, since the conference dates occur during term time, when the University will be in full swing. There are hotels on the University grounds, which can be booked by calling the Warwick reservations co-ordinator, Sarah, on +44 (0) 2476 57 3925. Please see for information about on-site accommodation. Online booking will be available closer to the time.

To book hotels in the area surrounding the University and nearby, please click here


To ensure that this event will be accessible to all, the cost to attend will be £150.00 for Delegates and £50.00 for Students/Apprentices. There is no reduced rate for attendance on one day only. Registration includes: attendance, a starter pack, teas/coffees throughout and lunch on the 26th November. Attendance to the formal dinner is not included, costing an additional £20.

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The Advanced Batteries and Power Solutions Group, part of QinetiQ’s Research Services division, provides research and development, consultancy and low volume production for primary and secondary cells and batteries, fuel reformation, fuel cells and hydrogen storage technologies.

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An academic department of the University of Warwick, today we are one of the world’s leading research groups. We have over 450 people working across five buildings on the Warwick campus plus collaborative centres in seven countries. We have an annual programme of £180m which includes industrial and in-kind support.

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Denchi Power

Denchi Power Ltd (formerly ABSL Power Solutions Ltd) is a leading supplier of batteries and chargers to the global defence industry. We have over 15 years heritage in supplying products for military radios, vision systems, manned military vehicles, unmanned aeronautical vehicles (UAVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). Although defence is our core market we also produce batteries for other markets including security, oil and gas and medical where the capability to design to stringent specifications and produce highly reliable and highly robust products is critically important. We have a range of standard products but much of our business is focused on designing products for specific applications.

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ETPS designs and manufactures a range of professional test and power instruments. Group companies are located in the UK, Germany and France.

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The WMG centre HVM Catapult works collaboratively with business to transfer cutting-edge research into the marketplace, strengthening the UK’s manufacturing economy. Research themes are:

  1. Lightweight Technologies Design for manufacture of novel lightweight solutions including design methods, manufacture (forming, joining and assembly) and product performance. Our work covers structural and functional materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and hybrids.
  2. Energy Storage & Management Battery characterisation including ageing and abuse testing to determine failure modes, electric and hybrid drives testing and the scale-up of novel battery chemistries for evaluation in traction applications.
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Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

With yearly revenues of 50 Billion US Dollars, SABIC's businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

About Innovative Plastics

SABIC's Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers' most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company's extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. Innovative Plastics ( is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

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The Northwest Automotive Alliance (NAA) is an independent, not-for-profit company which provides a membership service combined with a project management delivery function to the automotive community, supporting micro-companies through to the locally-based global vehicle manufacturers. The NAA’s Business Excellence programme works with member companies to help them improve their performance.

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The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is the catalyst for growth and success of high value manufacturing in the UK through a partnership of government and industry. Its long-term goal is to stimulate growth in the sector by helping businesses and research institutions accelerate new concepts to commercial reality.

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Claytex is an engineering consultancy and provider of simulation tools. We specialise in Systems Engineering using Modelica and related tools and processes. We are distributors of Dassault Systemes portfolio of Systems Engineering tools which includes Dymola, Reqtify and AUTOSAR Builder. Our customers include some of the world’s most respected Automotive and Motorsport companies and we have dedicated solutions for powertrain modelling and simulation.

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Hyperdrive Innovation develops powertrain systems for electric, hybrid and conventionally powered vehicles that enhance vehicle performance, optimise energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. As a dynamic technology-led business, they provide electronic products and engineer integrated vehicle drive systems for clients working in automotive, industrial, defence and marine applications.

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Maplesoft’s core technologies include the most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modelling techniques. Combined, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modelling, and simulation. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems.

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IFP Group Power Technologies

IFP Group Powertrain Technologiesis an integrated offer proposed by IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and his subsidiary D2T Powertrain Engineering including a range of technologies, products and services in the fields of transport

This offer provides a comprehensive, joint service with each entity operating in its specific area of expertise, ranging from research and the development of concepts to the integration in industrial applications, including the production of prototypes and small series manufacturing.

The technological expertise focus on 7 major areas: powertrains with high energy efficiency, after treatment systems, thermal energy recovery systems, vehicle electrification for the land transport sector, piston engines and turbomachines for the aviation industry, and, finally, low-carbon fuels and lubricants providing cross-functional technology for different modes of transport.

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Arcola Energy

It's not the fastest car that wins the race BUT the car that goes the furthest on a syringe of Hydrogen.

Join the Arcola Energy team in building a hydrogen fuel cell powered car made out of Lego and then see how far you can get it to travel.

Arcola Energy are the team that make hydrogen fuel cells work as a range extender in Electric Vehicles

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Transport KTN

With increasing fuel costs, and ever more stringent regulations governing emissions at all stages of product lifecycles, energy efficiency is a key consideration for all transport systems.

The Transport KTN facilitates technology and expertise development and exchange in key areas that contribute to overall and specific energy efficiency measures, throughout all transport sectors and beyond.

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What's on

Warwick Arts Centre is presenting a playful and interactive light sculpture called The Pool just outside the building. This will be operational during the conference and delegates may wish to explore this after dark.

Unreliable Evidence is a free entry exhibition at the Mead Gallery, open from 12pm to 9pm. This is a collection of paintings which form part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour.

Alec Dankworth is an award-winning jazz bassist and composer who will be performing his World Spirit on Wednesday the 26th November in the Studio. Tickets are £14