Bringing together the energy storage research community, inspiring future collaborations.
Elgar Concert Hall and Great Hall,
University of Birmingham (Edgbaston)

About UKES2016

The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, all funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), are hosting the third UK Energy Storage Research Conference (UKES2016), providing an inclusive platform for all researchers in Energy Storage to present their work through talks and poster sessions. In line with the ethos of the Energy SUPERSTORE, the conference endeavours to bring together researchers from academia, industry and policy and across the whole field of energy storage, inspiring collaborations for future research.


Previous UKES websites: UKES2014 UKES2015



Who should attend?

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


Please contact Dr. Jacqueline Edge at if you have any questions.

Confirmed speakers


The UKES2016 Final Programme is available here.


  • Sally Fenton, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS): Energy Storage – Innovation & Opportunities.
  • Ian Goodman, Goodman Wolfe Consulting: The business of batteries.
  • Prof. Clare Grey, University of Cambridge: Developing and Applying New Tools to Understand how Materials for Li and “beyond-Li” Battery Technologies Function.
  • Dr. Dan Rogers, University of Oxford: Power Electronics for Grid-scale Energy Storage.
  • Prof. Phil Taylor, Newcastle University: Energy Storage as an Integral Part of Whole Energy Systems.


  • Prof. Bala Venkatesh, NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NEST), Canada: Canadian Energy Storage Projects.
  • Colin Arnold, UK-ABSC Project, AGM Batteries Ltd: UK Automotive Battery Supply Chain and Sodium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles –  Two Automotive Projects but Potential for Energy Storage.
  • Prof. Rob Thring, Loughborough University: The Elevate Project.
  • Gerard Finneran, Glen Dimplex: Horizon 2020 RealValue Project –
    Smart Electric Thermal Storage.
  • Prof. David Greenwood, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG): Automated Module-to-pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation (Amplifii).
  • Tim Gardhouse, Highview Power Storage: On the Process to Commercialisation of Liquid Air Energy Storage.
  • Richard Flynn, redT: Cost Reduction through Co-location.

APC DISCUSSION PANEL: Translating Science into Impact:





  • KEYNOTE: Dr. Valentina Gentili, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems: Implications and Challenges for Future Automotive Batteries.
  • Yan Zhao, Imperial College London: Improve Li-ion battery Performance by Externally Applied Compression – a Study on Post High-Temperature Excursion Performance.
  • Thomas Bruen, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG): Model Based Design of Active Balancing Control Systems.
  • Dr. Monica Marinescu, Imperial College London: Improving Performance of Li-S Cells Under Cycling: a Model-Informed approach.
  • Christos Kalyvas, University of Hertfordshire: 3-D Thermal Transient Modelling of Li-ion Battery Packs for Use in Battery-Powered Personal Rapid Transit Vehicles.





  • KEYNOTE: Dr. Edmund Cussen, University of Strathclyde: Solid State Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries: Ions that can Hop, Skip and Jump.
  • KEYNOTE: Prof. Mauro Pasta, University of Oxford: A New Approach to Solid State Batteries using Prussian Blue Analogue Materials.
  • Dr. Emma Kendrick, The University of Warwick: Energy Optimisation of a Sodium Ion Battery Chemistry.
  • Dr. Chun Huang, University of Oxford: Improving Energy Storage Performance of Li-ion Batteries through Electrode Structure Design and Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Prof. Harry Hoster, Lancaster University: Lithium Oxygen Cells: the Key Role of Inhomogeneous Cathode Passivation.
  • Prof. Magda Titirici, Queen Mary University: Low Cost Carbon Anodes for Na-ion batteries.
  • Prof. Robert Dryfe, The University of Manchester: MoSM2 as a Na-ion Battery Anode Material: in situ EPR study of Electrochemical Sodiation.
  • Brett Helms, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Rational Design of Microporous Polymeric Materials for Selective Ion
    Transport in Electrochemical Devices.


  • KEYNOTE: Dr. Laurence Hardwick, University of Liverpool: In situ Surface Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy to track Oxygen Reduction Reaction in the Presence of Lithium ions.
  • KEYNOTE: Dr. Pooja Panchmatia, Loughborough University: Solid State Modelling of Energy Storage Materials.
  • Ian Hayward, Renishaw plc: Focusing on the Raman Spectroscopy of Lithium-ion Batteries.
  • Michael Mercer, Lancaster University: Monte Carlo Simulations of Entropy Profiles in Li-ion Batteries: Gaining Understanding of the Influence of Crystalline Defects.
  • Kent Griffith, University of Cambridge: Atomic and Electronic Structure of High-rate Battery Materials via X-ray Diffraction, X-ray Absorption, Multinuclear NMR and DFT.
  • Romeo Malik, Warwick Manufacturing Group: Silicon Electrode Degradation Analysis using Laboratory Based X-ray Tomography.
  • Matyáš Zetek, Imperial College London: Kinetics of Ionic and Electronic Transport in Polymers Investigated via Optical Spectroscopy.



Ian Goodman

Vayon Group

Prof. Clare Grey, FRS

University of Cambridge

Dr. Dan Rogers

Prof. Phil Taylor

Newcastle University

Dr. Edmund (Eddie) Cussen

University of Strathclyde

Dr. Matteo Di Castelnuovo

Bocconi University, Milan

Prof. Seamus Garvey

Dr. Valentina Gentili

Johnson Matthey Battery Systems

Dr. Laurence Hardwick

Dr. Xiaohong Li

University of Exeter

Dr. Graham Oakes

Upside Energy

Dr. Pooja Panchmatia

Loughborough University

Prof. Mauro Pasta

University of Oxford

Prof. Thomas Schmidt

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)

Prof. Bent Sørensen

Roskilde University, Denmark

Prof. David Stone

The University of Sheffield

Prof. Goran Strbac

Imperial College London

Joel Sylvester

Dukosi Ltd

Dr. Alexander (Alex) White

University of Cambridge

Prof. Bala Venkatesh

Ryerson University, California

Colin Arnold

AGM Batteries Ltd

Gerard Finneran

RealValue Project

Prof. David Greenwood

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)

Richard Flynn


Posters presented at UKES2016

The winners of the UKES2016 Poster Prizes are:

Three poster prizes of £200 each were awarded by Nature Energy and the winners chosen by three academic judges from the ESRN science board.

Posters presented at UKES2016:

The full list of posters presented can be downloaded here.

UKES2016 Venue

UKES2016 will be held once again on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham, indicated by the green markers on the map below. Click on the markers for more information. You can also download a map here, showing the key buildings. The sessions will be held in the following two halls at the University:


Elgar Concert Hall

Bramall Music Building

University of Birmingham



West Midlands

B15 2TT

The Great Hall

Aston Webb Building

University of Birmingham



West Midlands

B15 2TT


Registration for the conference starts at 11:30 am on Wednesday the 30th November, in the foyer of the Aston Webb Great Hall. Lunch will be served from 12:00 pm in the Great Hall. The conference will open with plenary talks in the Elgar Concert Hall of the Bramall Building. The buildings are adjacent to eachother and there will be signposts to guide you between venues.
Travelling to University of Birmingham

You can travel from any city in the UK to Birmingham University station by train, changing at Birmingham New Street station. The University Station is just two stops away from Birmingham New Street. If you are coming from London, you can take trains from London Euston or Marylebone Stations.


Lab Tours

At 1:30 pm on Friday 2nd December, after the final conference sessions, there will be a two-hour lab tour of The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. Those interested in attending will be able to sign up at the UKES Registration Desk upon arrival. To find out more about the lab tours, click here.

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Elgar Concert Hall

The Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Aston Webb Great Hall

Watson Building, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS, UK


There is no on-site accommodation during the conference period, but for accommodation by the University you can look at these options. Prices listed are per night for a single person at the time of the conference.



Awentsbury Hotel (£59)


pentahotel (£112)

Holiday Inn City Centre (£121)

Premier Suites Birmingham (£89)



The Ibis (£75)

The NiteNite Hotel (£65)

The Comfort Inn (£80)

4 Star

Radisson Blu (£166)

Hotel Indigo (£141)

AC Hotel Birmingham (£134)



Birmingham, United Kingdom

Nite Nite Hotel

18 Holliday St, Birmingham B1 1TB, United Kingdom

NiteNite Hotel


Holloway Head, Birmingham B1 1NS


Premier Suites

Dean House, 38 Upper Dean St, Birmingham B5 4SG

The Ibis Birmingham New Street

21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham B5 4ST

UKES2016 Science Board

Dr. Léonard (Len) Berlouis

University of Strathclyde

Dr. Rohit Bhagat

The University of Warwick

Prof. Nigel Brandon, OBE, FREng

Imperial College London

Prof. Peter Bruce, FRS

University of Oxford

Dr. Serena Corr

University of Glasgow

Prof. Andrew Cruden, BEng, MSc, PhD, CEng, MIET

University of Southampton

Prof. Yulong Ding

Dr. Nuria Garcia-Araez

University of Southampton

Prof. Seamus Garvey

Prof. Patrick Grant, FIMMM FREng

University of Oxford

Prof. Clare Grey, FRS

University of Cambridge

Dr. Laurence Hardwick

Prof. Harry Ernst Hoster

Lancaster University

Prof. David Howey

University of Oxford

Prof. Saiful Islam

University of Bath

Prof. Paul Jennings

The University of Warwick

Dr. Christos Markides

Imperial College London

Dr. Greg Offer

Imperial College London

Dr. Jonathan Radcliffe, BSc PhD

University of Birmingham

Dr. Paul Shearing

University College London

Dr. Natasha Shirshova

Durham University

Prof. Peter Taylor

University of Leeds

Dr. Rebecca Todd

The University of Manchester

Prof. Jihong Wang, BEng, MSc, PhD (FIET, SM IEEE)

The University of Warwick

Dr. Vladimir Yufit

Imperial College London

UKES2016 Organisers

The ESRN is bringing together researchers from the academic, industrial and policy domains, with an interest in energy storage and its application to future low carbon energy systems. ESRN is funded by the EPSRC (EP/J021695/1).

The UK's energy storage SUPERGEN Hub, accelerating innovation by developing the UK energy storage community and raising the international profile of the status of energy storage research in the UK. Energy SUPERSTORE is funded by the EPSRC (EP/L019469/1).

This STFC Global Challenge Network brings together leading researchers in industry and academia with a shared interest in the application of large scale facilities to address key challenges in battery science and technology.


Renishaw is a recognised leader in Raman spectroscopy. Renishaw’s inVia confocal Raman microscope is the ultimate system for studying battery materials, ranging from fundamental research to final product quality control and failure analysis.

The International Flow Battery Forum is an annual event covering the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of flow batteries, hosting case study reviews of flow battery projects, materials and manufacturing and the latest concepts.

Nature Energy is dedicated to exploring all aspects of the on-going discussion of energy provision; from the generation and storage of energy, to its distribution, impacts and management.

When it comes to characterising battery materials HORIBA Scientific offers a range of market leading solutions. For elemental depth profiling, Raman microscopy or Particle Size Analysi, HORIBA offers innovative instruments with superior performance.

NETZSCH Instruments are the leading supplier of systems for Thermal Analysis and Thermophysical Properties testing of batteries and other materials.

We are the distribution company for Windsor Scientific Ltd, and our purpose is to provide research and development instrumentation to stimulate the scientific research for the electrochemistry & biochemistry.

Set up in 1995, Metrohm UK serves the key markets of the UK including energy and power. Researchers world-wide use our sophisticated instruments for production, characterization, and development of energy materials and cells.

TPG D&T is an innovative technology company that develops technologies that are at the heart of performance-enhancing systems in oil and gas production and waste energy recovery.