Supergen Storage Network Plus 2019

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Chemical Engineering

Abstract

Energy Storage (ES) has a key role to play as a part of whole UK and global energy systems, by providing flexibility, enhancing affordability, security and resilience against supply uncertainties, and addressing the huge challenges related to the climate change. Following UKRI investment over the last decade, the UK is in a strong position internationally in ES research and innovation. Although areas of UK expertise are world leading, there is little interaction between these areas and interplaying disciplines e.g. artificial intelligence, data and social sciences. This fragmentation limits the community's ability to deliver significant societal impact and threatens the continuity of delivering research excellence, missing opportunities as a result. Consequently, there is now an urgent need for the ES community to connect, convene and communicate more effectively. The proposed Supergen Storage Network Plus 2019 project (ES-Network+) responds to this need by bringing together 19 leading academics at different career stages across 12 UK institutions, with complementary energy storage (ES) related expertise and the necessary multidisciplinary balance to deliver the proposed programme.

The aim of the ES-Network+ is to create a dynamic, forward-looking and sustainable platform, connecting and serving people from diverse backgrounds across the whole ES value chain including industry, academia and policymakers. As a focal point for the ES community, we will create, exchange and disseminate ES knowledge with our stakeholders. We will nurture early career researchers (ECR) in ES and establish ambitious, measurable goals for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We will complement existing activities (e.g. Faraday Institution, UKERC, Energy Systems Catapult, CREDS, other Supergen Hubs) to serve the UK's needs, delivering impact nationally and internationally.

The ES-Network+ will convene and support the ES community to deliver societal impact through technological breakthroughs, generating further value from the UKRI ES portfolio. It will be a secure and inclusive eco-system for researchers in ES & related fields to access, innovate, build and grow their UK and international networks. It is distinctive from the current Supergen Storage Hub: We have a PI with non-electrochemical background, an expanded investigator team with complementary expertise in energy network integration, mechanical and inter-seasonal thermal ES, hybrid storage with digital knowledge, cold storage, transport with ES integration, ES materials measurement & imaging and social science with policy implications. Early career researchers will hold key positions within the ES-Network+ and we will underpin all of our work with EDI values. We will develop an authoritative whitepaper for steering ES related decision-making, giving an overview of the ES community and a technical view on how ES research should be steered going forward.

The team is extremely well-connected to the ES industry and the wider energy community and has secured 57 supporting organisations, including energy production, transmission, distribution & network operation, specialist aggregators of heat & power, storage technology developers and integrators; ES related manufacturers, ES related recycling; and research institutes/centres/hubs/networks/associations both nationally and internationally. The supporting organisations also bring in a significant amount of extra resources to ensure a successful delivery of the ES-Network+.

Planned Impact

The direct impacts of this project will be felt across the whole energy storage (ES) and wider energy community.

With recent investment directed towards electrical storage (particularly Li-ion batteries through the Faraday Institution), key research questions relating to non-electrical (e.g. thermal, mechanical, chemical) and non-Li-ion based electrical ES technologies are at risk of going unanswered. As a result, academics working on thermal, mechanical, chemical and non-Li-ion based ES will benefit from the ES-Network+, which through its programme of work, will rebalance the UK ES research portfolio.

Academics working on energy system level requirements will benefit from discussion and knowledge exchange with colleagues working on a variety of different ES technologies. A better understanding of the system level requirements also ensures more application-driven research geared towards addressing research gaps, and will benefit a wide range of stakeholders with their ES related decision-making.

For industry, applications of ES technologies carry varying levels of risks and current academic led research does not always address the most appropriate research questions to de-risk further investments or wider adoption of ES technologies. Engagement with industry throughout the project will ensure that future research (including the flexible funding of the ES-Network+) can stay relevant to challenges faced by industry.

Organisations focusing on areas of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) will directly benefit from the ES-Network+ through its EDI working group. The working group will set ambitious, measurable EDI goals for the ES-Network+ to aspire to throughout the project duration. As part of its remit, the EDI working group will interact with InterEngineering (IE, LGBT focussed) and the Association for Black and Minority Ethnicity Engineers (ABME), with an initial aim to secure EDI working group membership for a representative from each of these organisations. Through EDI working group meetings and EDI activities, both organisations (and likely more) will be able to share examples of best practice, ensuring that the ES-Network+ is addressing the gaps that are of paramount importance to IE and ABME.

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) working on ES and related areas will benefit from a carefully planned programme of mentoring from their senior colleagues within the ES and related fields, leading to future UK ES research leaders.

The ES-Network+ project will develop an ES database and an authoritative ES whitepaper through ES network mapping, data gathering, EDI and ECR activities and feasibility studies. The database and the whitepaper will benefit a large number of stakeholders. Academic stakeholders will be able to access the information from the database and document, opening up pathways for future collaborations. Industrial stakeholders will use the information to identify academics working in fields of interest to explore potential collaborative research programmes, and to make ES related decisions. Policymakers and public sector stakeholders will be able to use the information as a direct route to ES experts, from whom they can draw advice, shaping local and national energy policy in the longer term.

A better-connected ES community will accelerate the development and deployment of energy storage technologies, benefitting the economy (e.g. growing the manufacturing sector), environment (e.g. reduced emissions) and society (e.g. reduced energy bills and increased job opportunities).

Organisations

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Anagnostopoulos A (2019) Molecular dynamics simulation of solar salt (NaNO3-KNO3) mixtures in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

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Anagnostopoulos A (2020) Effect of SiO2 nanoparticle addition on the wetting and rheological properties of solar salt in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

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Anagnostopoulos A (2021) Simplified force field for molecular dynamics simulations of amorphous SiO2 for solar applications in International Journal of Thermal Sciences

 
Description The Supergen Energy Storage (ES) Network+ programme has been progressing extremely well in the second year of operation. We have been able to work according to plan despite the effect of COVID-19. We have also been able to react quickly against research landscape changes associated with Net-Zero 2050. The following are some highlights of our achievements:
• Our network has increased to more than 500 Academics, Industrialists, Policymakers, and ECRs, up from 300 in 2020. This was achieved through targeted webinars/workshops, such as the High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage (Feb. 2021), the Hydrogen Storage in Caverns (April 2021), the Supergen Net-Zero conference (Sep. 2021), and Energy Storage for Decarbonisation - Vision, Challenges, Innovation, Deployment and Experience. Our connections to other stakeholders continues to increase, with recent presentations by our director (Ding) to ERA, the Royal Society Heating and Cooling Briefing Notes, presentations by our researchers to other Supergen hubs, and informal meetings with UKERC, Energy System Catapult, Carbon Trust and industry to explore how we can work together to tackle key barriers for ES deployment.
• Our ECR community continues to flourish with 74 registered members. We continue to provide networking and career development opportunities through dedicated funding opportunities, webinars (e.g. Energy Storage towards a Net-Zero Future Workshop), training activities (e. g. The Conversation), and advice and provision of letters of support for ECR's funding applications. Furthermore, we have supported the creation of an ECR committee and give the committee the power to decide how best use the Supergen Network+'s resources to help their community thrive and develop.
• We are committed to the implementation of our EDI strategy across all activities of the Supergen Network+. For example, we have launched an EDI survey, aimed to identify and explore current EDI failures and successes within the energy storage community and develop pathways for improvement and best practices.
• Our Flexible Funding Scheme continues to support ECRs (second round of the travel, training, and conference grants, awarded in March 2021) and interdisciplinary seedcorn projects (four projects awarded in Feb. 2021). We have recently approved a specific call for proposals for the development of "An organic document for recording Gaps and Opportunities Analysis in Energy Storage" for net-zero 2050 (to address landscape change since the project was awarded).
• We have expanded the UK Energy Storage Observatory (UKESTO) to include over 70 different map entries covering research and industrial energy storage facilities, providing a valuable tool for the ES community.
• We have been highly proactive in Cross-hub collaboration. Examples include Supergen Decarbonising Maritime Workshop); ECR cross hub webinars and training activities; joint EDI survey on the impact of COVID19 on EDI and Research across the Supergen hubs; Supergen Cross-Hub Workshops and Seedcorn Funding (two workshops in collaboration with Supergen Energy Network and ORE, leading to interdisciplinary seedcorn funding for four projects across the three hubs; and Supergen Net Zero conference where we demonstrated the impact of UK energy research in achieving net zero, setting out a vision for a net zero energy future and exploring cross-cutting themes such as internationalisation, industrial partnerships and EDI.
• The Supergen Network+ members have been extremely active in International engagement. We led the 2021 IEA Carnot batteries workshop and a specific session for the "Leading the Charge Conference: The Next 10 Years" organised by the Canadian Energy Storage Technology Network), and delivered approximately 20 plenary and keynotes talks to international conferences and workshops (see Annex).
• We have been highly successful in conveying the following message to the energy community and beyond with clear evidence:
o The pivotal of role of energy storage in future net zero energy systems (see Case Study 1), including transport (e.g. batteries for EV, hydrogen storage for fuel cell cars, maritime etc.); heating and cooling (e.g. thermal energy storage for buildings and industrial processes); power (e.g. storage for preventing black out, peak shaving).
o The scale of challenges and hence opportunities of ES - the current global ES installations cannot even meet the projected UK needs in 2050!
o Current focus mainly on short term ES needs, more focus on medium and long-term needs.
o Whole system approach is needed beyond energy sector.
• Our Independent advisory board and expert committee members have been supporting us in the delivery of targeted workshops and the Supergen Conference on top of providing guidance on overall direction. For example, our advisory board member Jim Cardwell (Northern Powergrid) chaired the "Collaborating for net zero, an industry perspective" section of the Supergen Net Zero Conference; Bart de Leeuw (BEIS) was a panellist at "The role, value and needs of Energy Storage for Net-Zero by 2050" section of the conference; and Chloe Lianos (BEIS) supported our joint workshop with IEA Task 36.
• We have been actively advocating energy storage through social media in line with our communication and engagement plan through an informative website (www.supergenstorage.org), an active twitter account (@ukenergystorage) with 539 followers and a mailing list with approximately 500 members. The Supergen Network+ sends out a regular (quarterly) e-newsletter to all members of the network.
Exploitation Route The outcomes of the Supergen Network+ will benefit a large number of stakeholders from multidisciplinary backgrounds across the whole energy community, including industry, academia and policymakers. Academics working on thermal, mechanical, chemical and non-Li-ion based storage will benefit from discussion and knowledge exchange with colleagues working on a variety of different storage technologies leading on more multidisciplinary application-driven research geared towards addressing key research gaps. Industry will benefit by academic led research that addresses the appropriate research questions to de-risk further investments or wider adoption of storage technologies. Industrial stakeholders will be able to identify academics working in fields of interest to explore potential collaborative research programmers, ensuring that future research can stay relevant to challenges faced by industry. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues will be identified within the community and under representative members will benefit from better representation in the Supergen Network+'s activities. Policymakers and public sector stakeholders will benefit by having a direct route to experts, from whom they can draw advice, shaping local and national energy policy in the longer term.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

URL https://supergenstorage.org/
 
Description Advisory Board, Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, Cambridge University, 2011 - 2019
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Ongoing.
 
Description Advisory Board, Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, Cambridge University, 2011 - 2019
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Ongoing.
 
Description Article in the Professional Engineering Magazine of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
 
Description Communicating your research, workshop for Supergen early career researchers
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Early career researchers developed their communication skills and conveyed important messages from their research to the public
URL https://supergenstorage.org/news/communicating-your-research-workshop-for-supergen-early-career-rese...
 
Description OFGEM RII0-2 Challenge Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Ofgem established the RIIO-2 Challenge Group with the objective to provide challenge to the energy network companies on their Business Plans for RIIO-2 and to Ofgem on their framework for RIIO-2, on behalf of existing and future consumers. Independent report was delivered to OFGEM.
URL https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2020/01/riio-2_challenge_group_independent_report_for_ofg...
 
Description Response to BEIS Consultation (Call for Evidence) on Long Duration Energy Storage
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/facilitating-the-deployment-of-large-scale-and-long-dura...
 
Description A multi-scale, high-resolution, tri-beam facility for fast machining and 3D characterisation
Amount £1,970,212 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T031379/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description A new high-temperature carbon- based anticorrosive coating material
Amount £468,711 (GBP)
Organisation Baowu Steel 
Sector Private
Country China
Start 04/2021 
End 04/2023
 
Description DEcarbonisation of Low TemperAture Process Heat Industry, DELTA PHI
Amount £2,004,075 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T022981/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description Development of an in-situ characterisation facility for both proton and neutron irradiation
Amount £1,296,308 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V035649/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 09/2023
 
Description Electro-Intrusion - Simultaneous transformation of ambient heat and undesired vibrations into electricity via nanotriboelectrification during non-wetting liquid intrusion-extrusion into-from nanopores
Amount € 3,651,381 (EUR)
Funding ID FETPROACT-EIC-07-2020 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 01/2021 
End 12/2024
 
Description Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC)
Amount £19,903,412 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V027050/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 03/2024
 
Description PCM based Thermal management of battery systems
Amount £26,000 (GBP)
Organisation Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute Europe GmbH 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2022
 
Description Research on high temperature thermal energy storage device with high effective storage densities for flexible heat supply
Amount £208,333 (GBP)
Organisation Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute Europe GmbH 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 07/2020 
End 01/2023
 
Description Salt Science - Physical Properties
Amount £164,874 (GBP)
Funding ID NNL/NIP/031 - Lot 3 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 06/2021
 
Description Salt Science - Salt Handling
Amount £239,667 (GBP)
Funding ID NNL/NIP/031 - Lot 4 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 06/2021
 
Description Supergen Storage Network Plus 2019
Amount £1,012,009 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S032622/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 09/2023
 
Description UK-China Workshop on Renewable Energy and Latent Heat Storage Integration for Buildings
Amount £24,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 2019-RLWK11-10724 
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2021
 
Description Utilising Composite Phase Change Materials
Amount £131,124 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 05/2022
 
Title VEHICLE CHARGING 
Description Disclosed is a vehicle charging station (1) comprising a first reservoir (5) arranged to contain a first charging fluid and a charging fluid delivery system (3) arranged to deliver at least part of the first charging fluid (5) into a heat exchange relationship with a vehicle thermal energy storage material (108) of a vehicle (100) selectively connected to the vehicle charging station (1), thereby charging the vehicle thermal energy storage material (108) by changing its temperature and/or phase and/or chemistry. 
IP Reference WO2019162680 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Significant interest from commercial companies; leading to several subsequent research and development projects
 
Description "Energy Storage towards a Net-Zero Future" Workshop (24th June) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An interactive workshop organised by our ECR committee for ECRs to share Energy Storage research and frame key messages for COP26. Webinar topics focused on the role of energy storage research and innovation in achieving a net-zero future followed by a group discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/energy-storage-towards-a-net-zero-future
 
Description "Energy Storage for Decarbonisation - Vision, Challenges, Innovation, Deployment and Experience" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Energy Storage is a key enabling technology for decarbonising future energy systems and serves as a catalyst to accelerate the realisation of Net Zero goal 2050. The event is to get industry experts and academies together to share the vision and experience, to learn the good practice examples and to discuss the pressing challenges to the development and deployment of energy storage. We highlighted and identified the business and market need for attracting investment to speed up energy storage applications.

The Supergen Energy Storage Network+ (https://supergenstorage.org) has close links with research institutes and industry sectors for ES technology innovation so the event facilitated the direct conversation between industry and academic research community. With the Joint UK-India Clean Energy Centre (JUICE, https://www.juice-centre.org.uk), we connected the wide audience and stakeholders from the UK and India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/energy-storage-for-decarbonisation-vision-challenges-innovation-d...
 
Description 1st ECR Supergen cross hub webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The webinar was held on 23rd June 2020, allowing ECRs from all the Supergen programmes to connect and share their exciting projects. This was a great chance for ECRs to see what research is happening across the whole Supergen programmes, providing opportunities to ECRs to find some new opportunities for cross-programme collaborations. We had 83 participants from the Supergen Network+ and the Supergen Bioenergy, Energy Networks, ORE, and SuperSolar hubs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/early-career-researchers/events-2/our-first-supergen-cross-hub-webinar-2...
 
Description 1st EDI working group meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A dedicated working group was set up, consisting of members from various disciplines, organizations, ethnicities, career levels, and gender to ensure input from broad experience into the Supergen Network+ EDI approach. The EDI lead, Dr Sian Dutton facilitated a meeting with the working group to discuss the network's EDI strategy, questionnaire, and key EDI issues. The main outcome was that the Supergen Network+ needs to focus on is a methodology to track EDI impact on the energy storage community and the working group impacted our EDI strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cambridge ECS Student Chapter Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cambridge Zero Research Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at Cambridge Zero Research Symposium: Zero-Carbon Energy Transformation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Carnot Batteries - "Academia meets Industry" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a joint webinar with the IEA Energy Storage Task 36. The aim of this webinar was to bring together both Industry and Academia communities to identify major challenges in Carnot Batteries (CB) and their role in future zero-carbon energy system, and to discuss how we may work together to address the challenges. The focus was on understanding the state-of-art in the development and demonstration of key CB components (e.g. compressors, expanders, heat exchangers, pumps, heat/cold storage), their performance under both static and dynamic, as well as under designed and off-designed conditions, and economic aspects.

Subscriptions to the Supergen Network+'s mailing list increased approximately by 20% after the webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/our-events/carnot-batteries-academia-meets-industry/
 
Description Decarbonisation of energy in the maritime sector - workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 25 January 2021 we came together with the Supergen Bioenergy and Offshore Renewable Energy Hubs to hold a Maritime Decarbonising Workshop, to explore the challenges and opportunities of 'decarbonising' maritime, ahead of the upcoming Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. We were joined by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Maritime UK, as we worked together on how academia can support the maritime sector to achieve its decarbonisation targets.

Patricia Thornley (Director, Supergen Bioenergy Hub), Deborah Greaves (Director, Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub), Yulong Ding (Director, Supergen Energy Storage Network+) and Antzela Fivga (Project Manager, Supergen Energy Storage Network+) presented on behalf of their respective Hubs/Network, outlining how their objectives align with the opportunities they see to decarbonise the maritime sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/our-events/supergen-decarbonising-maritime-workshop/
 
Description ECR Supergen cross hub webinar 'Well-being and working from home' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We hosted a well-being and working from home webinar on 2nd July 2020 in a new series of cross-hub webinars to allow ECRs from all the Supergen Hubs to connect and share their experience under these challenging circumstances due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The webinar was delivered by Matt Dix, trainer and coach, from the University of Birmingham. We believed that an independent expert outside the Supergen consortium will be appropriate for the webinar. Matt has a broad range of experiences gained over 25 years as a trainer, coach, counsellor and training manager within organisations ranging from policing, higher education, voluntary/charitable sectors and the private/commercial sectors. The webinar session aimed to assist ECRs to reflect on their own personal circumstances and resilience at challenging times. The sections covered responses to opportunity and threat and explored the significance of thoughts, behaviours and language in the context of mental health and wellbeing. Another aspect of the webinar was for audiences to consider how to adjust their approach to managing time and energy when working from home, identifying what supports personal resilience and how we can use our empathy effectively to assist others. We had 28 participants from all Supergen programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/our-events/supergen-cross-hub-webinar-wellbeing-and-working-from-...
 
Description Early Career Researchers Annual meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Our first ECRs meeting took place on the 07/05/2020. It was an opportunity to introduce the Supergen Network+, our Co-Is, discuss with ECRs the flexible funding scheme, receive feedback throught an online poll on network's ECR activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/early-career-researchers/events-2/1st-ecrs-online-event-7th-may-2020/
 
Description Energy Storage Roadmap launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK Roadmap for Energy Storage Research and Innovation was launched in an open webinar with a presentation on the Roadmap, and contributions from stakeholders, including industry and academia. A panel Q&A followed. Over 50 attended the event, which was recorded and made available publicly through YouTube, viewed so far by 150+
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvHvr6RX-Y
 
Description Fishbowl conversation: What might energy systems look like in a net zero world? 4th November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact In the afternoon of the 4th of November (Energy Day) during COP26, the UK Research and Innovation Supergen programme held a public engagement event at the Ramshorn Theatre, central Glasgow. The 'fishbowl' conversation was facilitated by Steve Connor and saw members of the public from different backgrounds discuss and debate their visions for a net zero energy future, with academic support from Supergen researchers.

Professor Sian Dutton (University of Cambridge) and Dr Antzela Fivga (University of Birmingham) represented the Supergen Energy Storage Network+.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/news/supergen-fishbowl-conversation
 
Description Formal meeting with the Henry Royce Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Formal meeting with the Henry Royce Institute to discuss potential joint activities and collaborations. It was agreed to proceed with a joint funding call specifically for ECRs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description From Academia to Industry: A Conversation With Ian Wilkinson From Siemens Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ECRs seminar series on networking and career development.
Dr Ian Wilkinson is part of Siemens Energy's UK decarbonisation team, with a particular interest in the use of hydrogen and hydrogen carriers such as ammonia in decarbonising energy systems at nation scales. He graduated with a PhD in Physics from Bristol University and later completed an MBA at Oxford Brookes University. He has worked in the R&D of superconducting magnets used in MRI scanner technology at Siemens Magnet Technology. Also at Siemens, he has led the team that designed and built the Green Ammonia energy storage system demonstrator at a test site at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. His current focus is on commercial ventures establishing and scaling UK's green hydrogen economy.

Ian talked about his experiences and insights on his career path from academia to industry in the UK and what it means to work during and toward the energy transition. The talk was followed by a Q&A and a discussion on how current graduate and postgraduate students and other early-career engineers or researchers can be part of that transition - potentially with Siemens Energy.

Chair: Dr Ludmilla Steier, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/a-conversation-with-ian-wilkinson-from-siemens-energy-networking-...
 
Description High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was jointly organized by the UK National Heat Transfer Committee on the 19th February 2021. The aim of this webinar was to bring together the academic communities interested in thermal energy storage, thermo-fluid engineering and process engineering to discuss recent advancements in latent heat and thermochemical TES for high temperature applications, and discuss how to we may work together to address the challenges. The focus was on state-of-the-art development and thermo-fluid and thermo-chemical performance of TES components (e.g. heat exchangers, heat intensification inserts, enhanced TES materials, reactors, etc) as well as process integration aspects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/high-temperature-thermal-energy-storage-recent-developments-in-latent-he...
 
Description Hydrogen Storage in Caverns - 12th April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact There is broad consensus that hydrogen will have a major role to play in the Net Zero energy system. Our Co-I, Garvey, organised a joint workshop with the British Geological Society London and ERA, focusing on key issues around storing hydrogen in caverns and its role towards Net Zero as a storage option.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hydrogen-storage-in-caverns-tickets-148329009059#
 
Description IEA ES Task 36 'Carnot Batteries' - 3rd Expert Workshop - 15 & 16 April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was hosted by the University of Birmingham, UK and is being coordinated with the support of the IEA Energy Storage Task 36, Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, and the Supergen Energy Storage Network+.

The overarching aim of Task 36 is to ease the transition from a fossil-fuel to a renewable source based energy system, through the promotion of novel energy storage systems, assisting their development, deployment, demonstration and their deep understanding.

Therefore, Task 36 aims to stablish a platform that brings together experts from the industry and academia, to systematically investigate, assess and strengthen the potential role of Carnot Batteries in the future energy systems, gaining international attention.

About the International Energy Agency's 'Energy Storage' (ES) Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP)

The IEA's ES TCP programme (see https://iea-eces.org), hereafter referred to as 'ES TCP', formerly known as the Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES) TCP, was established in 1978 with the aim of catalysing collaborative R&D on energy storage (both electrical energy storage - EES, and thermal energy storage - TES). It is one of 38 TCPs organised under the IEA's umbrella (21 of which the UK participates in) and comes under the IEA's Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies (EUWP). EUWP agreed a five-year extension of ES TCP to 2021, based on the 2017 Strategic Plan (see https://iea-eces.org/publications/strategic-plan-2017-2021/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/iea-es-task-36-carnot-batteries-3rd-expert-workshop
 
Description ISIS FAP 4 - chair 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chair of ISIS facilities access panel - excitations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021
 
Description ISIS FAP 4 - member 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Member of ISIS peer review panel - FAP 4 Excitations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020,2021
 
Description Joint funding call and workshops with the Supergen OffShore Renewables and Energy Networks Hubs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The outcome was a series of virtual workshops, bringing together academics and companies to explore common challenges, synergies, and opportunities. Following the workshops, projects seeking solutions and pathways for the identified challenges will be funded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Launch of the Supergen Network+ website and Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We have an informative website (www.supergenstorage.org), an active twitter account (@ukenergystorage) with 427 followers sharing news from the Supergen Network+ and a mailing list with approximately 421 members. The website shares relevant news and opportunities to the storage community and key outcomes of the Supergen Network+.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.supergenstorage.org
 
Description Medium Duration Energy Storage Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Medium Duration Energy Storage event took place online on Monday 23rd March 2020, involving leading experts on the subject from around the world. As the UK transitions to a sustainable future in which the net emission of CO2 is driven to zero, it is inevitable that solar power and offshore wind power will deliver large fractions of the total energy requirement. In this future, energy storage and the storage of energy services will be one of the main mechanisms by which the mismatch between resource availability and service demand is resolved. Different technology sets are appropriate for addressing different storage durations. Supercapacitors and flywheels dominate the very short discharge durations. Batteries and demand-side response combine to provide very effective solutions for discharge durations up to 2-3 hours. Fuels of different sorts such as hydrogen, ammonia, bio-ethanol, bio-methane etc. deliver very attractive options for long-durations where energy may be stored for years and discharged over periods of months.

The overall aim of the event was to answer the question is whether there is a role for storage technologies which are suited to discharge durations ranging from 4 hours to 200 hours.

The event was a collaboration by The Energy Research Accelerator and Supergen Energy Storage Network+.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/latest-news/medium-duration-energy-storage-in-the-net-zero-uk/
 
Description Meet the Expert: University of Birmingham and Tyseley Energy Park 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The public met experts from the University of Birmingham, and the Supergen Energy STorage Network+ who are working together at Tyseley Energy Park with the Birmingham Energy Institute, to understand and tackle the issues of Climate Change. This was an opportunity to learn more about zero-carbon fuels and how we can produce energy for heating and cooling. The public was able to ask questions about Net-Zero, Solar Power, Hydrogen fuel, storage recycling, biodiversity and influences from Birmingham's industrial heritage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/whats-on/meet-the-expert-university-of-birmingham-tys...
 
Description Presentation and Activity at a Winter School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Leadership Programme on Solving Global Challenges

GCRF COMPASS Cambridge Winter School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at 2nd UK-China Clean Energy Utilisation / Energy Storage Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2nd UK-China Clean Energy Utilisation / Energy Storage Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Press release regarding the new Supergen Network+ 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The press release aimed to announce the award of the Supergen Energy Storage Network+, explain to the public it's aims and objectives, the posibilities available for engagement with target audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/news/2019/bces-to-lead-the-uks-new-energy-storage-resea...
 
Description QMAT3 presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at QMAT3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bose.res.in/Conferences/QMAT2020/index.html
 
Description Shivaji College Dehli - presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to undergraduates studying Materials Science at Shivaji College
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Super energy Infrastructure Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A formal workshop with the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) to identify how the integration of thermal energy storage technologies into the energy system can enable new services that existing infrastructure cannot provide and how the overall efficiency can be improved with their implementation. The concept, the needs and rationales for the Super Energy Infrastructure was analysed during the workshop. This activity will lead to further collaborations with the ESC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Supergen Cross Hub Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact As part of our ED&I initiatives, we recently collaborated with the Supergen Energy Networks, Solar Network Plus, Offshore Renewable Energy Hub, and Bioenergy Hub to develop a survey as to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our networks and stakeholders work to further support our ED&I activities.

Comments and responses to the survey will be read and incorporated into our future action plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/news/supergen-cross-hub-report-impact-of-covid-19-on-equality-diversity-...
 
Description Supergen Cross-Hub Workshops and Seedcorn Funding 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Supergen Energy Storage Network+ came together with the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub and Supergen Energy Networks Hub to hold a series of virtual cross-discipline workshops, bringing together Academics, Researchers, Practitioners and companies to explore the common challenges, synergies and opportunities with a goal to achieving step changes towards the highly ambitious net-zero carbon 2050 vision. Following the workshops the three Supergen programmes are making seedcorn funding available to fund specific projects seeking solutions and pathways for the prioritised challenges identified within the cross-discipline workshops. The main outcome of the workshops was new cross-discipline collaborations between participants to carry out pilot studies to enable new and adventurous research, ultimately leading to further grant applications through existing funding bodies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/events/our-events/supergen-cross-hub-workshops-and-seedcorn-funding/
 
Description Supergen Directors Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The meeting was attended by the Supergen Bioenergy, Energy Networks, ORE, and SuperSolar hubs and initiated joint future collaborations, such as Early Career Researcher activities and webinars. We are also collaboratively working on a Supergen common approach for COP26.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Supergen Net Zero Conference on 1-3 September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Given the significance of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow this year, the Supergen programmes identified this as a crucial opportunity to connect UK energy research community to the wider climate change, net zero and renewable agendas. The six Supergen Hubs/networks collaborated, and delivered the Net Zero Conference on 1-3 September 2021, demonstrating the impact of UK energy research in achieving net zero, setting out a vision for a net zero energy future and exploring cross-cutting themes such as internationalisation, industrial partnerships and equality, diversity and inclusion. Continued on-going co-ordination of activities pre-, during, and post-COP26 aims to amplify the unified vision of the Supergen programme. Dr Haris Patsios from Newcastle University, a co-director of the Supergen Network+, chaired "The role, value and needs of Energy Storage for Net-Zero by 2050" session. Haris also introduced the Supergen Network+'s main objectives and activities and its role in supporting early career researchers, academic/industry engagement, and UK research and innovation. Over 100 attendees joined the session. Our first speaker was Prof. Andrew Cruden, University of Southampton and Supergen Network+ Co-I. He explained how energy storage can support the transition of transport to net-zero. Key messages that he conveyed include: technology race remains in battery materials; government support and subsidy delivers changes; recycle and re-use of end of life batteries are crucial; vehicle to grid (V2G) is key to enable linkage between transport energy storage and grid sectors. Prof. Zhibin Yu, University of Glasgow, discussed the importance of thermal storage in heating and cooling decarbonisation. He highlighted the challenges in meeting the winter peak for heating and the important role of both inter-seasonal and short term thermal energy storage. Prof. Jihong Wang, University of Warwick and Deputy Director of the Supergen Network+, focused on the need for large scale energy storage in the power sector. She summarised the needs and market proposition for large scale long duration energy storage. A panel discussion followed including the speakers and Dr. Bart de Leeuw, Head of Smart Energy Innovation from BEIS, who gave a policy perspective, and Dr Yongliang Li, University of Birmingham, who discussed heating and cooling aspects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/cp/collections/news/entries/4255e475-1d81-46ec-9db5-4d99de181725
 
Description Supergen early career researchers delivering net zero energy research - report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Two months ahead of COP26, we held our own Supergen Net Zero Conference prior to which we convened a cross-Hub multidisciplinary group of Supergen ECRs to design, develop and deliver a three-hour programme for the ECR Forum, which took place at the beginning of the conference.

The most popular session at the conference, the ECR Forum was split into hour-long sessions focusing on the UKRI COP26 priorities of:

greening the economy and society

the future of sustainable transport

securing a global transition to clean energy.

A mix of 'flash talks' and panel discussions from a variety of ECRs from different technological backgrounds explored the role of research in delivering net zero and highlighted the willingness of ECRs to go beyond their technological niches. It also demonstrated the desire among ECRs for collaborative, whole-systems research activities that take multidisciplinary approaches to net zero energy research.

Supporting ECRs to continue to deliver net zero energy research

As an output of the discussions from the ECR forum of the Supergen conference, Supergen ECRs have published a paper which explores strategic priorities for net zero energy research and for developing more sustainable research methodologies. It offers the thoughts and opinions of ECRs as to where research and innovation is needed if we are to reach net zero by 2050.

The paper outlines the perspectives of ECRs on the challenge that lies ahead of them, and amplifies their voices in calling for additional support to help them continue to deliver groundbreaking energy research, and to take on a bigger role in the journey to net zero.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://supergenstorage.org/news/supergen-early-career-researchers-delivering-net-zero-energy-resear...
 
Description Supergen meeting for joint EDI activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The EDI leads from the Supergen Energy Networks, Bioenergy, Super Solar, and Offshore Renewables Hubs, as well as, the Supergen Network+ discussed common approaches for EDI within the Supergen network. The main outcome of this activity was the developed of a joint survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on EDI, and research across the EPSRC Supergen programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://supergenstorage.org/latest-news/survey-on-impact-of-covid-19-on-edi-and-research-across-the-...
 
Description Talk at Supergen Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at a workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UK Energy Storage Observatory UKESTO 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The migration of the UK Energy Storage Observatory (linked to the MANIFEST project - EP/N0328881) to the Supergen Network+ was completed. A subcontractor was appointed, who made significant enhancement to the UKESTO. For example, an interactive map was added, providing the location of capital-funded energy storage facilities, which will be expanded continuously over the lifetime of the Supergen Network+. As the complementary MANIFEST project moves into its final year, more experimental datasets will be made available via the new searchable and filterable database. This allows users to search for data on operational runs of energy storage facilities, using parameters such as 'technology type', 'university' and year etc. The UKESTO database helps raise the profile and visibility of UK energy storage capabilities, facilitating collaborations between academia and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ukesto.supergenstorage.org/
 
Description UK Energy Storage Roadmap Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Supergen Energy Storage Network+ launched on the 2nd December 2020 in a dedicated event a Research and Innovation Roadmap for Energy Storage that assesses the potential role of energy storage in the UK's future energy system and identifies the contribution of research and innovation to meeting the challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ukesr.supergenstorage.org/
 
Description UK- Vietnamese collaboration - workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Initial introductions within the participating organisations to identify synergies and future funding activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UK-India collaboration workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Initial introductions within the participating organisations to identify synergies and future funding activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UKES conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The 2019 UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES2019) is a national conference aiming to bring together academics, industry partners and policy makers across the whole field of energy storage, focussing on the Digitalisation of Storage. UKES provided an inclusive platform for stakeholders in all aspects of Energy Storage to share their findings through oral and poster presentations. The Supergen Energy Storage Network+ announced the start of the project and informed storage stakeholders about the opportunities within our network for collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/ukes2019/about/
 
Description University of Cambridge-The University of Tokyo: Workshop on Advanced Materials for Energy: Workshop on Advanced Materials for Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation on complex oxides for energy storage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://sp.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/UTokyo_Cam/events/coming-up-advanced-materials-in-energy/
 
Description Webinar presentation - Thin Film Solid State Batteries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at a webinar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description YouTube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Supergen Network+ created a YouTube channel to host both recordings and recordings from future events. This will allow Supergen Network+ members and beyond to access and be involved in our activities even if they are unable to participate in the live or physical events due to personal circumstances e.g. childcare responsibilities. This aligns with our EDI strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvHvr6RX-Y&t=153s