8 September - 9 September 2021

How is chemistry enabling energy storage for net zero?

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SCI’s Energy Group

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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.

SCI Members - Mid-Career Perspective - Jessica Gould

Jessica Jones


Jessica is the research team leader for Croda’s Energy Technologies Business. Formed from four existing strong and innovative business areas within Croda, Energy Technologies integrates: Lubricants, Oil & Gas, Phase Change Materials, and Batteries & Catalysts.
Jessica has a strong background in organic and polymer chemistry having joined Croda’s Global Synthesis Team in 2013 before moving on to Energy Technologies in 2020. She received a first degree in chemistry from the University of Liverpool and a PhD in inorganic materials chemistry from the University of Nottingham.

Mark Bedford

Johnson Matthey

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I am Business Development Director for Battery Materials Recycling at Johnson Matthey. A graduate in chemistry, I have worked for JM for 37 years in a wide variety of commercial roles mostly related to precious metals and platinum group metals technology. Before beginning to explore the business potential of battery materials recycling around 18 months ago I was responsible for JM’s global PGM recycling, fabrication and trading businesses which operate refineries and manufacturing sites in the UK, US and China. It is the world’s largest refiner of PGMs from secondary sources.


Wednesday 8 September

Welcome and introduction
An overview of the role of chemistry in enabling net zero
Andy Walker, SCI / Johnson Matthey
Flexibility is key to the future
Graeme Cooper, National Grid
Vanadium Flow Batteries: reversible chemistry for bulk energy applications
Jeffrey Douglass, Invinity Energy Systems
Talk tbc
Isobel Sheldon, British Volt
Designing next generation battery materials
Serena Cussen, University of Sheffield
Novel catalyst system for large scale Fuel Cells
Andy Creeth, AC Chemical Systems
PEM electrolysis for hydrogen energy storage
Adam Paxson, Plug Power
The role of electrochemistry in heavy duty powertrain systems
Duncan Engeham, Cummins
Closing remarks

Thursday 9 September

Decarbonising high-temperature (>800C) industrial processes
Mahesh Venkataraman, 1414 Degrees
Developments in Gravity Energy Storage, a Gravitricity perspective,
Charlie Blair and Ruth Apps, Gravitricity
Using the properties of liquid air to enable large scale long duration energy storage
Gareth Brett, Highview Power
Tank-based CAES and the linkage with thermal upgrading
Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham/Rolls Royce
Announcement of poster competition winners & their poster presentations
Establishing a circular economy in the battery industry
Carlton Cummins, Aceleron Energy
Enabling Net Zero Across the Value Chain
Jess Gould, Croda
To Bind, Store or Conduct? Three Strategies for Battery Material Innovation
Cameron Day, Synthomer
Battery Materials Recycling – Closing the Loop
Mark Bedford
Closing of day


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Non-member - £120.00
Student member - £10.00

After early bird
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Student member - £15.00


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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 included with the 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?

The poster competition will be attractively awarded: The 3 first places will be awarded with a cash prize of £100 (1st place), £75 ( the 2nd place) and £50 (the 3rd place). The winners will be additionally awarded with the opportunities to present the work verbally during the event (all winners) and, to publish his/her poster in Energy Science & Engineering Journal by Wiley (1st place winner).



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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
  • Terence Liu, SCI/Northumbria University 
  • Yongliang Yan, SCI/ Newcastle University
  • Dominika Zabiegaj, SCI/ Northumbria University

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