The Slate at Warwick University Campus
28-29 November 2017


Please find the Battery and Energy Storage conference programme below

ENA Open Networks Project: 2017 Review

Conference Day One: Tuesday 28 November 2017


Pre-event breakfast briefing

This session is available to sponsor for more information please email [email protected]


Registration and pre-event networking


Opening remarks by conference chair

Miguel Gama, Principal Engineer, Battery Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering




OPENING KEYNOTE:  Transitioning to a society powered by storage

A society powered by storage requires fundamental changes to existing infrastructure with significant sums of investment.

Join this session to establish a clear understanding of:

  • Creating metrics and clear deliverables for tangible ROI around new investments
  • Identifying and forging profitable collaborations
  • From pilots to wide scale deployment – how do you take your project to the next level?

Cathy McClay, Head of Commercial Operations, National Grid



KEYNOTE: The Faraday Challenge – a joined-up approach to UK leadership of the battery industry

This session will explore the industrial context for UK automotive and, in particular, the Faraday Institution – the delivery mechanism for fundamental battery research challenges; and the opportunities for UK industry and academia.

Professor David Greenwood, Advanced Propulsion Systems, University of Warwick





PANEL DISCUSSION: Advances in Future Battery Technology – How to Remain Ahead of the Game?

Substantial funding in the last few years has led to incremental improvements in Li-ion technologies, making battery technologies more accessible than before.

But how do you strike a balance between:

  • Cost
  • Performance
  • Lifetime
  • Safety

This debate will unite industry experts, researchers, enterprises, and technology leaders to discuss cutting edge trends in battery technology.

For panellist opportunities please email: [email protected]


Networking and refreshment break and one-to-one business meetings



This session is reserved for 

David Hudson, Head of Propulsion and Innovation, Tata Motors Europe

Stream A:
Storage for Energy Systems

Stream B:
Storage for Transportation





CASE STUDY: Developing a secure, sustainable system – can storage contribute?

While batteries dominate energy storage landscape for utilities this session will explore Soni Grid’s Compressed Air Energy Storage project and evaluate the value of ES in creating a secure and sustainable system

  • Establishing the role of capital investment in new ventures
  • Incentivising generation through commercial motivations for contributors
  • Move from capacity to services

Robin McCormick, Director of Operations, Planning and Innovation, EirGrid

CASE STUDY: Beyond Li-ion Technology 

While much research pivots on improvements to existing Li-ion technology, researchers are increasingly looking to new materials and technologies with the potential for greater energy density. But what is the technological maturity of new battery technologies such as Solid State battery, Li-Air battery, or Multivalent battery and how do you navigate the gap between theoretical promise and practical application?

Fanny Barde, Project Manager – Battery Team Advanced Technology Division 1, Toyota Motor Europe




Monetising the Opportunity of Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR)

There is no question that National Grid’s Enhanced Frequency Response has stimulated national investment in storage. But what’s the full potential here and where next?

This session will explore what lessons can be learnt from the winners of EFR and how regulation will continue to influence flexible capacity moving forward.

Christopher Banos, New Technologies Development Manager, EDF Energy Renewables

CASE STUDY: Fast Charging Li Ion cells

Conventional vehicles still have significant advantages over their electric counterparts.
One of these is the ability to go from empty to full in less than five minutes – electric
vehicles can take from 8-100 times longer. This is a potential factor in reduced electric vehicle uptake and needs to be improved, however, reducing charging time can negatively impact the expected lifetime of the battery. This presentation will outline the electrochemical, material and practical considerations of charging lithium-ion cells and what can be done to minimise charging time whilst maintaining battery pack lifetime.

Limhi Somerville, Subject Matter Expert, Jaguar Landrover





ENGIE’s Transition: A view on Decarbonisation, Digitalisation and Decentralisation

Working towards low carbon energy generation meet the needs of the new ‘Digital customer’

Understand ENGIE’s positon on striking a balance between industrial activities and ambitious environment, employment and social challenges for long terms success.

Jaideep S. Sandhu, Director of Solar, Energy Storage and Transmission

Opportunities and challenges of bipolar concepts in lithium batteries.

Mareike Wolter, Head of Department, Mobile Energy Storage Systems and
Electrochemistry Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS


 Networking lunch and one-to-one business meetings




ENA Open Networks Project: 2017 Review

Hear the result of the major project bringing together all seven of the UK’s electricity grid operators.

  • Developments in progress of attracting long-term investment
  • Improving the process and interaction between transmission nd distribution networks.
  • Establishing the long term charging requirements of enduring electricity transmission/distribution systems

Open Networks Chair, Nigel Turvey and Network Strategy and Innovation Manager, Western Power Distribution

Reserved for APC



This session is reserved for AVL
15:15-16:00 Over to you: Live Polling and Industry Discussion

This interactive session is your chance to discuss issues, concerns and opportunities with
peers. Through a series of questions and comments we will tackle the burning issues and
hot topics that at the forefront of your mind.


Networking break and one-to-one business meetings 

Network with tech innovators that address your current priorities in these pre-arranged and mutually agreed meetings.

A valuable platform for educating yourself on the latest battery and energy storage technology.



Community Storage – The ‘Uberisation of the Energy Industry’

The practical application of energy storage in social housing – drivers and barriers’.
This presentation will involve case study retrofits and new build housing in Wales where battery storage has been installed within occupied social housing. Technical aspects associated with energy storage application will be presented alongside the broader considerations that need to be made when implementing energy storage in practice including the solutions that have been identified.

Dr Jo Patterson, Research Fellow, Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University

6 Things to Remember When Installing a Chargepoint Network

• Establishing the correct infrastructure
to support new network
• Establishing ROI for multiple stakeholders
• Inspiring public engagement

Mark Daly, Senior Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council




The Missing Piece: Leveraging Virtual Power Plants and the Internet of Things for Asset Optimisation

Integrating a multitude of storage devices involves the complex co-ordination of assets. But do you have the infrastructure required to support new intelligent networks within your organisation?

Join this session to hear:
• How to effectively deploy IoT for improved use of distributed resources
• The role of Big Data, analytics and algorithms in optimised use of assets?
• Opportunities and challenges of data sharing across the network

This session is reserved for Centrica. Speaker TBC





Energy networks around the world are undergoing a major paradigm shift driven by technology, customer choice, the low carbon transition, economics and politics.

The response in the UK and beyond has been to start the transition to Distribution System Operator (DSO).

What is a DSO, how will it help address these new challenges and what opportunities will it present?

Stewart Reid, Head of DSO and Innovation, Scottish and Southern Electricity Network




Innovation Den: Start-up Showcase

Be inspired by a series of elevator pitches that will keep you at the forefront of technology advancements.

Take part in our interactive audience vote, and help us crown our 2017 IoB winner!

2 dens will take place around:
• IoB Innovation Den – Energy Systems
• IoB Innovation Den – Transportation

For a place on our start-up panel please email [email protected]

18:35-Late IoBMixer – Join us for a networking drinks and canapé reception followed by a 3-course dinner with peers


Networking Drinks Reception:
Close of Day One’s conference will open up into the Drinks Reception open to all attendees to continue conversations of the day over a glass.. or two! Taking place in
the Networking Zone.Recharge Dinner & QuizTime to recharge your own batteries over a three-course meal that will run alongside a themed quiz where your table for dinner will become your team for the evening.
Use your networking energy throughout the day to size up your potential competition storing the information needed to get you ahead during the evening’s festivities!
A light-hearted evening to close the first day with fun, food and fuel in preparation for the exciting Day Two.
The evening is open to all attendees however is capped and first come first serve. To ensure your name is on the list please contact [email protected] to reserve a place.Please note any dietary requirements in the reservation email

Conference Day Two: Wednesday 29 November 2017

Building the Correct Infrastructure and Capabilities for Battery and Storage success


Chairs opening remarks

Bert Witkamp, Secretary General AVERE




KEYNOTE: Vehicle to Grid – Smart Energy Management

The proliferation of electric vehicles is creating a wealth of new opportunities for electric utilities to harness the potential of stationary storage to provide stability to the grid and help facilitate the integration of renewables.

Hear from a leading European utility-automotive alliance offering PEV owners the opportunity to sell surplus energy to grid. Discover the business benefit for utilities and automotive OEM’s alike in developing new business models around electric mobility, grid frequency regulation and FITs.

Nicolas Schottey, Program Director EV Battery & Infrastructure, Groupe Renault




KEYNOTE PANEL: The role of cross industry collaboration in actualising storage success

  • Innovation vs regulation- how to strike a balance?
  • Fording profitable business models for a multitude of stakeholders and clear ROI
  • Identifying and forging profitable partnerships with long term benefits

Andrew Lever, Director, Policy, Innovation The Carbon Trust
More information on panellists to follow.




Second Life Batteries: Recycle, Reuse or Re-manufacture?

Second-life batteries are increasing the viability of EV by transforming batteries from liability to profit centre.

This panel will explore various second life applications and weigh up the environmental impact, cost concerns and performance issues to offer insight on the most effective use of second life battery systems for your organisation.

Frank Amend, Head of Batteries & Hybrid Systems, Innogy


Networking break and one-to-one business meetings

Storage for Energy Systems

Storage for Transportation


Solar Storage: The Opportunity of PV and Storage 

Solar generation and storage technologies offer benefits for reducing emissions in their own right. But used in conjunction there is the opportunity for an all new product and service offering.

Join this session to learn:
• What is the relationship between PV and storage?
• How to create innovative business models around combined solar and s torage?
• Retrofitting of assets Vs. new deployment advantages

Mike Garland, Technical Manager Energy Storage, E.ON

Off-highway Case Study: Achieving Battery Durability

Hear from a leading heavy vehicle OEM on reducing consumption, emissions and improving performance, through the development and integration of electric modules in power train architecture

Annika Ahlbert Tidblad, Senior Engineer, Materials Technology Hybrid & electronics, Scania (TBC)




CASE STUDY: Overcoming the technical challenges of integrating with the grid 

Join this session for an overview of National projects, and one is related to an Horizon 2020 program. We mainly focus on the technical aspects of energy storage but are progressively going to the economical, regulatory and grid planning dimensions of energy storage.

Ricardo Santos, Director of Technology and Innovation, EDP Distribution. Representing Eurelectric

The requirements for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) which would suit current car drivers

• Deriving user requirements for long range Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

• Using travel behavior of current drivers of conventional vehicles

• Incentivising positive behavioral change

Tim Holton, Principal Engineer Advanced Propulsion Group, Jaguar Land Rover



CASE STUDY: Renewables and Co-location: Overcoming capacity concerns

In this session learn details of the UK’s first hybrid solar PV /wind site in Wales, more recently the acquisition of iSupply.
Understand the opportunities inherent in co-location and how to overcome potential challenges of integrating with a limited-capacity grid.

Jake Dunn, Business Development Manager, Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd


Networking lunch and one-to-one business meetings




CASE STUDY: A DNO’s perspective: storage

 Western Power Distribution sees energy storage as one of the potential solutions when solving network constraints, however in our view, there will be few locations and scenarios where the technology will cost in below conventional reinforcement. Regulatory limitations preventing a DNO from operating in the arbitrage market will further impinge on our ability to create the right business case.

However, energy storage could be operated by a third party, with the DNO contracting for the demand management/reduction service if it is in the right area and this, is the most likely route to the market in the UK.

Faithful K. Chanda, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer



KEYNOTE: Cementing the UK’s Role in the International Energy Storage Market

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has identified storage as one of the eight
technologies where the UK can be a global leader. But what specific plans does the UK
Government have in place to realise the UKs potential in this emerging market?
Hear from a leading representative on co-ordinating action across policymakers, regulators,
and industry to promote growth in this fast-moving market, including:
• Strengthening investor confidence in storage technologies for greater roll-out
• Establishing robust frameworks of legislation for improved clarity
• Creating transparent funding schemes to help foster and support innovation

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy




Reserved for Innovate UK



Networking break and one-to-one business meetings



Panel: The Connected Storage Ecosystem

While the opportunity of electrification across the automotive and energy systems is promising, what infrastructure is required to facilitate new intelligent networks? This closing panel will unite key stakeholders from city planners, to developers, start-ups and regulators to address key mutual concerns:

• Fast charging – where does responsibility lie for battery degradation?
• City planning – The role of municipality in supporting connected networks and
smart mobility
• How to identify profitable partnerships?

Panellists include:
Mark Thompson, Senior Innovation Lead Energy Systems, Innovate UK
Francisco Carranza Sierra, Director Battery and Energy Services, Renault-Nissan Alliance
Nicholas Brooks, Head of Energy, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
UKPN, Representative tbc



CLOSING KEYNOTE Upscaling battery technology: From material science to pack engineering

• Understanding Material Design Requirements
• Optimisation for battery pack engineering and existing technogies
• Transitioning from lab to real world performance and exploring new diagnostic techniques

Dr Billy Wu, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London


Chair’s closing remarks