8 September - 9 September 2021

How is chemistry enabling energy storage for net zero?

Organised by:

SCI’s Energy Group

Online webinar

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In October 2020 UK BEIS announced that offshore wind capacity will increase to 40 GWe by 2030, energy storage to manage intermittent generation will become an increasingly vital part of the UK’s energy system. A wide variety of storage technologies are in development to store both heat and power including batteries, gravity systems, compressed air, hydrogen, fuel cells and phase change materials. Chemistry has a significant role to play in accelerating the deployment of these technologies including new advanced materials, battery technologies, catalysis, and electrochemistry.

Bloomberg NEF anticipates that the global energy storage market will grow to a cumulative 942GW by 2040 and attract $620billion in investment over the next 22 years. It predicts that the leading countries will be China, the U.S., India, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, South Korea and the U.K.

A range of new electrical and thermal energy storage technologies are being developed rapidly and are reducing in cost. Batteries, for example, are predicted by Bloomberg to reduce in cost by 52% by 2030, facilitating the UK Government’s announcement of October 2020 to increase offshore wind from 30GWe to 40GWe capacity by 2030.
Technological innovation, especially in chemistry, is now needed more than ever to allow energy storage to realise its value and benefit the UK energy system across power, heat and transport.

  • Academics looking to hear about the latest developments, plus showcase for research and research teams.
  • Business leaders looking to find out about the latest developments in a range of energy storage technologies
  • Early career researchers (in academia and business) looking to widen their understanding and network around their energy storage chemistry studies, and to access a platform for discussion and collaboration with possible industry partners.
  • Investors seeking to understand the opportunities for emerging storage technologies within the wider energy system.


The programme will be announced in due course.

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

Call for posters

Contributions are invited from early-stage researchers and PhD students working in all areas of the chemistry of energy storage systems to submit posters for this event.

The objective for the competition is to identify posters which best explain the outcomes of the research in the industrial context (i.e. which poster best explain the potential for commercialisation of the research work). Submission details will be provided in due course.

An abstract of maximum 250 words (250 words does not include Author names, affiliations, references or figure captions) indicating title, authors, institution and preference for presentation option (Oral presentation or virtual poster) should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Friday 6 August 2021 with the subject line “How is chemistry enabling energy storage for net Zero?”.


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Organising Committee
  • Brian Allin, SCI/ Energy and Commodity Services
  • Maryam Bayati, SCI/ Northumbria University
  • Alex Bowles, SCI/ Imperial College London
  • Reace Edwards, SCI/ University of Chester
  • Geraint Evans, SCI/ Beacontech Ltd
  • Mark Harrison, SCI
  • Peter Reineck, SCI/ Flameless Energy Solutions
  • Ray Sacks, IChemE/Imperial College
  • Yongliang Yan, SCI/ Newcastle University
  • Dominika Zabiegaj, SCI/ Northumbria University

Conference Team

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Email: conferences@soci.org