G20 business leaders’ energy transition investments are focusing on battery storage, EVs

A survey of over 2,000 “senior business leaders” in G20 countries has found that electric vehicles and battery storage are the most popular assets to invest in among non-power generation technologies in the energy sector.

Battery storage was the ‘most favoured decarbonisation technology’ for the Ashurst survey’s 2,090 respondents from 110 organisations. Image: Ashurst report, ‘Powering Change – Energy in Transition’.

Please read the full article here.

Call for Abstracts now open until 31 May – 5th Annual CDT Conference

The 5th CDT Conference, organised by the CDT in Energy Storage and Its Applications, will be held from 12-13th January 2021 at The University of Sheffield. The conference has been running since 2016 and is open to all researchers in the energy storage communities from the UK, EU and overseas.

We welcome and encourage PGRs, early and senior academics and industrialists to discuss all technology classes, as well as demonstrators and deployment at grid/city scale, transportation, social acceptability and policy. Abstracts are invited for session topics including:

  • Mechanical/Kinetic storage
  • Transportation
  • Built Environment
  • Thermal/Chemical/Thermochemical storage
  • Grid scale storage/Power Management & Control
  • Electrochemical storage
  • Social, Policy & Economics
  • Energy Systems & Advanced Tools
  • All other Energy Storage related topics.

Each session will have a keynote speaker, four oral presentations (of 15 minute duration) and time for poster ’flash’ sessions (5 minute brief precis of posters).
Proceedings for all oral presentations will be published in the open-access Energy Reports (a Science Direct indexed Elsevier publication) therefore the authors of all abstracts accepted for oral presentation will be asked to provide a fuller (6-page maximum) paper by 31st July.

For further information, to register, or to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation, please go to the CDT-ESA website at http://www.energystorage-cdt.ac.uk/

Please note: the call for abstracts closes on Sunday 31st May 2020.

Conference Venue – Pam Liversidge Building, Faculty of Engineering, Newcastle Street, University of Sheffield, Sheffield.
Conference Dates – Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th January 2021
Conference Secretariat – Tracey McNeilly, 0114 222 5798, hello@energystorage-cdt.ac.uk

Opportunity to participate in a Supergen cross-hub webinar series!

Calling all Supergen Early Career Researchers
Volunteers needed for cross-hub webinar series!
Are you an ECR? We would like to invite you to participate in a new cross-hub webinar series that will allow ECRs from all the Supergen Hubs to connect and share their exciting projects! This will be a great chance to see what research is happening across the whole Supergen network and potentially find some new opportunities for cross-hub collaboration.
We would like to invite anyone interested in taking part in the webinar series to email us by 14th May: a.fivga@bham.ac.uk
For the webinar, you will need to prepare a 5-minute presentation of your Supergen related energy research, bearing in mind that this will be presented to people outside of your discipline.
We do not yet have a firm date for the first webinar but hope to have the first ~1-hour session in May/June. Once we have a list of interested presenters, we will make arrangements. We would like this to become a regular series, covering not just research, but other topics of importance to ECRs. If there is anything you would like to see covered, then please let us know.

Supergen Energy Storage Network+ ECRs Event

Are you an ECR? Is your research on Energy Storage?

Our first ECRs event will be held online on 7th May 2020! Don’t miss it if you want to play a significant role in the creation of the ECR forum, as well as, access to flexible funding and travel grants. You will get the opportunity to discuss the 1st call for flexible funding during the event.

The speakers confirmed are:

Sian Dutton, Reader in Physics and Solid State Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

Haris Patsios, Senior Lecturer in Power Systems, Newcastle University.

Please register here.

Coronavirus: impact of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere

Scientists are monitoring the atmosphere at a mountaintop in Hawaii for clues that the coronavirus will be the first economic shock in more than 60 years to slow a rise in carbon dioxide levels that are heating the planet.

Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, home of the Keeling Curve (Photo: Alister Doyle)

The Mauna Loa observatory at 3,397 metres is home to the Keeling Curve, tracking increasing carbon dioxide concentrations since 1958. Named after its late founder, Charles Keeling, it is widely viewed as the most iconic measure of humanity’s impact on global climate.



“There has never been an economic shock like this in the whole history of the curve,” Ralph Keeling, professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and son of Charles Keeling, told Climate Home News of the impact of the coronavirus.

He said scientists were now studying data from the mountain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for signs that the economic slowdown linked to the coronavirus could reduce the rise in atmospheric carbon concentrations.

Find the full article here.

Business Continuity and Wellbeing

Supergen StorageWe would like to reassure our members and friends that we are continuing with work as usual while following the guidance from Public Health England regarding COVID-19, (we are working from home until further notice!).

We hope that everyone in our community are coping well with the current unprecedented situation. During this crisis, we are aware how important is to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.

Check out this podcast at wonkhe which focussed on staying healthy while working or studying at home, and what universities and government could be doing to help.

Our Flexible Funding call is now open!

Are you an ECR? Is your research on Energy Storage? Our flexible funding call is now open!

The development of energy storage technologies is vital to the UK’s low carbon energy networks, lowering carbon emissions to Net Zero by 2050 and addressing uncertainties supply and demand. The research challenge identified to accelerate the development and implementation of the technologies is Cost Effective and Resource Efficient Large Scale Energy Storage.

A total of £80,000 is available in the current round of flexible funding. The maximum ‘cost’ per project is £40,000 (at 100% FEC); the maximum funding available by Supergen Network+ is £32,000 (at 80% FEC) per project. Only one submission per applicant is permitted.

Please find more information here.

Our travel and conference grants call is now open!

A major deliverable for the Supergen Network+ is its flexible funding scheme. A total of £410,000 is available over the next four years to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) development through travel, and conference grants, feasibility studies and research projects that will enhance existing knowledge to facilitate industrial, policy or international impact.

In the current round of travel and conference grants, a total of £4,000 will be available. The maximum funding per applicant is £1,000.

Please find more information below.

Travel and Conference Grants Call 2020 Round 1

Medium-Duration Energy Storage in the Net-Zero UK

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Don’t miss out on our joint event with the The Energy Research Accelerator which will focus on ‘Medium-Duration Energy Storage in the Net-Zero UK’ in London on 23rd March


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. A fundamental, and still unresolved, question is whether there is a role for storage technologies which are suited to discharge durations between 3-4 hours and ~100-200 hours.

Please register and find more information here.