Updates for Project Teams – December 2018

CORRECTION Save the Date – 12-Month Review – 20-21 February 2019
Many thanks to those of you that completed the on-line questionnaire giving us feedback on the 8-month review. It confirmed what we were hearing at the event; that most attendees considered it to be a step up from the 4-month review, that there are incremental improvements that we can make for future events, but that the format was generally well-liked. The 12-month review will be held on the 20 and 21 February in Windsor. Projects may choose to hold pre-meetings on the 19 February. The following two meetings will be held on 16-17 July and 19-20 November. Please provisionally hold these dates. Your project will communicate with you nearer the time as to whether you will be asked to attend. 

Project progress and inter-project collaboration

It is encouraging to see that work packages are starting to be completed. For example, the techno-economic study being carried out as part of ReLiB has been delivered. The results of the study are in the process of being packaged for general dissemination, and we would expect to be able to share this report with you in January’s newsletter.

One of the actions identified at the 8-month review was the desirability of having cross-project collaboration champions to aid knowledge sharing and cooperation between the four existing research projects. A nucleus of this idea is starting to form and we’ll be developing this further prior to the next review meeting.

Images and Photos
Don't forget to scour your results and photographs for striking images representative of Faraday Institution projects to enter for our Art in Science competition. Please submit your entries before Christmas. Download the flyer for more details. What artwork do you have on the walls of your labs? Would it be possible for the Faraday Institution to have access to those images?

Recent Press Coverage

  • Physics World, 31 October 2018, “Virtual lab, real-world challenges.” An interview with Peter Littlewood, Faraday Institution’s Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • The Guardian, 14 November 2018, “What's new in R&D: from a glue to hold planes together to self-repairing clothes.”
  • The Telegraph, 15 November 2018, “What happens to used lithium-ion battery packs from electric cars?” 
  • The Telegraph, 15 November 2018, “Everything you need to know about lithium-ion batteries – but which car makers forgot to tell you.” 
  • Imperial College London News Release, 20 November 2018, “Success on an industrial scale: Imperial projects driving innovation.”
  • Physics.org, 22 November 2018, “Meet Michael, the supercomputer designed to accelerate UK research for EV batteries.”
  • Quad (University of Oxford’s alumni magazine), 29 November 2018, “The SOLBAT Quest: Mass electric mobility requires better batteries.”

You may also be interested to watch this short video about the ReLiB project, containing commentary from Neil Morris, Paul Anderson and Allan Walton.

Events
It’s been a busy autumn events’ circuit for the Faraday Institution team:

  • Neil Morris spoke at a Bessemer Society gathering of CEOs in Oxford on the 31st October entitled “Rising to the battery challenge.” A write up of the event can be found in Business and Innovation Magazine.
  • He expressed his views on "Are we on the road to nowhere?" at the APC Future of Technology event on the 21st November. Video.
  • Neil also presented at the “Mining for Battery. Investing in Mining Battery Metals Today to Fuel the Future of EVs” event, run by the Natural Resources Forum, on 26th November. Video

Our thanks to Tony Hartwell, who represented the ReLiB project on the Faraday Battery Challenge panel, “The Whole Life Cycle View of Battery Technology,” at the Battery and Energy Storage event in Warwick on the 4-5 November.

Events: Looking Ahead

  • The University of Oxford is holding a two-day symposium on Battery Modelling on 18-19 March 2019 at Pembroke College. For more details, please visit the event’s website
  • STFC and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting a Bridging for Innovators (B4I) event, focusing on the energy sector, on 15 January in Coventry. Ian Ellerington, Head of Technology Transfer, will be speaking at the event. Click here for more details. 
  • On Friday 25 January 2019, Saifal Islam, Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, Co-investigator on Faraday Institution projects, and presenter of the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, is presenting a discourse “Making a material difference to green energy - batteries included,” from 7.20pm to 8.45pm. We have been allocated a small number of free tickets. If any PhD students (cluster students or affiliated to the Faraday Institution) would like to attend this event free of charge, please let us know asap. For others, tickets can be purchased from the Ri site

Training Courses
PhDs and PDRAs may be interested in this list of training courses that are available around the country.

8-month Review Presentations
A reminder that all the project update presentations given at the 8-month review, along with many of the PDRA talks, can be found here.

Posted on December 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

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Louise Gould is a marketing and communications professional who has centred her career around technology-based organisations. She joined the Faraday Institution after 5 years as Marketing Communications Manager at the renewable fuels company Velocys. There she was responsible for all marketing, communications and brand activities for this pre-profit, publicly-listed company as it endeavoured to commercialise its proprietary technology by developing biorefineries in the UK and US to convert waste sources of carbon into sustainable fuels. Her role included formulation of communications strategy with C-suite executives, as well as the operational delivery of projects across messaging development, stakeholder management, PR, annual reporting, events, naming and branding, social media strategy and website development. Prior to joining Velocys she served as Marketing Manager for an equipment manufacturer serving the print industry. She was also Product Manager for one of Oxford Instruments’ range of low temperature sample environments used for spectroscopic techniques that sold into research institutions worldwide. She started her career as a scientific consultant and project manager at AEA Technology, who was also based at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. Louise graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) and holds an MSc in the Chemistry of Advanced Materials from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
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