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



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

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

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 technologies.




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

48V: Opportunities Enabled by the New Mild-hybrid Systems

48V battery technology is opening new opportunity for hybrid vehicles, from increased durability to fuel efficiency and more.

Join this session to hear from an industry leader on striking a balance between fuel economy, driveability and comfort for optimum 48v design.

This session is reserved for Jaguar Land Rover, representative TBC




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

Hybrid Clinic

This session is available for sponsorship For more information please email [email protected]


 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




Commercialising Energy Storage through Corporate Power Purchase Agreements

CPPA’s are offering financial certainty for utility companies and developers. This session will explore how to best monetise this opportunity for a long term commercial model for storage

  • Offering greater transparency and long term certainty over all elements of their energy supply costs.
  • Responding to pressures from investors, consumers, competitors and from within corporates themselves to buy green, promote renewable energy generation and “green” their supply chain.
  • The role of third parties in revenue sourcing

Battery Safety and Simulation Testing in Real-life Conditions

While safety must at the forefront of future battery developments, there undoubtedly remains a lack of confidence in performance in a range of situations

Hear from a leading safety expert on:

  • How accurate is your simulation/modelling?
  • What constitutes comprehensive testing?
  • The role of standards in determining safety and design.




Roundtables: New Technology for Energy Systems

In this session, you will have a chance to take part in 2/4 roundtable discussions to hear from industry experts. This is your chance to discuss, validate and scrutinise new technologies and their relevance for your organisation.

Roundtable topics include:
Roundtable One: Mechanical
Roundtable Two: Kinetic
Roundtable Three: Electrochemical
Roundtable Four: Chemical

To become a roundtable leader please email [email protected]

Roundtables: New Technologies for EV, HEV and PEV

In these interactive roundtable discussions you will have the chance to take part in 2/3 roundtable discussions to hear from industry experts. This is your chance to discuss, validate and scrutinise new technologies and their relevance for your project with industry experts.

Roundtable topics include:
Roundtable One: Lithium Batteries
Roundtable Two: Sodium Batteries
Roundtable Three: Fuel cells

To become a roundtable leader please email [email protected]



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’

In an age of ‘prosumers’ generating their own electricity, the role of the utility becomes less clear. So how best to avoid disintermediation and capitalise on the wealth of potential new assets?

Through this cutting edge case study on peer-to-peer energy sharing, understand the opportunities for utilities for economic local distribution in creating a new platform-based business models.

A View from Above: Electric Vehicles in the Air

Extreme testing and evaluating of EV for aviation offers useful lessons to be applied to the automotive market.

Join this session to hear from a leading OEM driving the future of electric aviation and understand the potential applications for you and your business.




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




The Challenges and Implications of Sourcing Material for the Gigafactory

Industry leaders TESLA’s Gigafactory promises to produce enough batteries for half a million cars per year by 2020.

But while this high demand demonstrates the potential of the EV market, questions remain over sustainability.

Join this session for exclusive insight into the rise of the gigafactory, including:
• How will the availability of raw materials affect future battery developments?
• How will environmental and ethical challenges influence material procurement?




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]


 IoBMixer – Join us for a networking drinks and canapé reception followed by a 3-course dinner with peers.

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: 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




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



This session is reserved for JCB. Session details to follow



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



The Battery: Green Saviour or Environmental Hazard? 

Labelled the ‘green’ alternative, the negative impact of the electric storage network is often overlooked. So what is the real environmental impact of batteries across the supply chain?

This session will explore how to minimise environmental impact and the role of new and existing regulation in impacting industry growth.




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?

Mark Thompson, Senior Innovation Lead Energy Systems, Innovate UK
Francisco Carranza Sierrra, Director Battery and Energy Services, Renault-Nissan Alliance
Nicholas Brooks | Head of Energy | Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)




CLOSING KEYNOTE Upscaling battery technologies: This will 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