Conference Theme: Battery research & innovation for a sustainable future
Improved batteries will be a key enabling technology for the decarbonisation of transport to meet net zero commitments. However, the growing industry is placing significant demands on raw materials with the associated environmental and ethical concerns, and battery manufacture is energy intensive.
“There is an urgent need for research and innovation to develop batteries and their supply chains sustainably to realise the considerable potential gains from the transition to the electrification of multiple sectors, in the UK, and globally including in emerging economies.”
Our collective sustainable future demands research into batteries that last longer, store more energy, utilise abundant materials, are safer and fully recyclable.
The conference will outline how Faraday Institution researchers across all our projects, with their industry partners, are taking a multi-disciplinary approach to battery recycling and reuse, how the suitability of earth abundant materials is being investigated for use in commercial batteries, how battery manufacturing can be more energy and resource efficient and how battery life can be extended. Speakers from the Faraday Institution community will be joined by external experts from academia, policy and industry who will give their perspective on the role of a sustainable battery ecosystem in the future energy mix.
With over 900 delegates, 20 sessions and 70 speakers and chairs, the Faraday Institution Annual Conference is a big undertaking.
Our thanks go to the 12-strong conference working group for their help to shape the conference programme and over 30 other members of the Faraday Institution community who have played important roles in the event.
Dr James Robinson, Chair of the Faraday Institution Early Career Researcher Committee, will set the scene for the early career researcher day.
ATOMIC SCALE INSIGHTS
Practical guidance on how to increase researcher identity and open the door to career opportunities. Create a professional image, harness the power of LinkedIn, and grow your network.
ADVANCED X-RAY AND NEUTRON TECHNIQUES
Hear from researchers working in industry about the career opportunities that exist in the UK battery technology sector.
ELECTROLYTES AND INTERFACES
NEW APPROACHES TO EXTEND BATTERY LIFE
Faraday Institution CEO, Prof. Pam Thomas, will open the conference.
Videos to be released as they become available.
TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
'A Net Zero energy system.' Baroness Brown will share her insight on the energy transition - for transport, homes, industry, infrastructure, commerce, and defence - highlighting the importance and ubiquity of batteries. Chaired by Prof. Pam Thomas, Faraday Institution.
SAFETY AND RECYCLING OF LI-ION BATTERIES
'Energy storage is key to attainment of fossil-free energy'. Chaired by Prof. Louis Piper, University of Warwick
DISCOVERY AND DESIGN TOWARDS HIGHER PERFORMING, LOWER COST BATTERIES
DATA – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
ELECTRODES FOR LI-ION BATTERIES
Join this session to hear the latest updates on the Faraday Institution’s EDI work and from expert Jayne Little (CEO of Skills4) as she outlines three ways we can all become a better inclusion ally.
TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE BATTERIES
SAFETY AND PERFORMANCE FROM SENSING, PREDICTION AND CHARACTERISATION
NEXT GENERATION CHEMISTRIES
Hear from the Faraday Institution policy team on battery technology market sizes and dynamics and our approach to assess early-stage commercialisation potential.
'The Battery: Still the Great Unknown.' Chaired by Prof. Colin Herron CBE Managing Director, Zero Carbon Futures, and Faraday Institution North East.
CEO Prof. Pam Thomas will present Faraday Institution community awards and close the conference.
Around 50 PhD Researchers and Faraday Institution Research Fellows and 50 undergraduate interns are presenting posters at the conference. Delegates will be able to explore the depth and breadth of FI research programmes by engaging with this content from the beginning of November.