RISING TO THE BATTERY CHALLENGE – OXFORD – 31 OCTOBER 2018

The UK is heading towards a tipping point when the electric vehicle is set to become the preferred mode of transportation, and continued electrification will reinvent sectors from transport to power generation and distribution to banking.

Oxford: In 1980, Prof John Goodenough, a visiting professor at the Department of Chemistry, developed the cobalt-oxide cathode, which became the basis of every lithium-ion battery built. Sony commercialised it and the rest is history. Now, the UK aims to re-assert its position as a leader in the field.

THE BESSEMER SOCIETY is a network and forum for CEOs, scientific founders and leaders of UK based hard tech (manufacturing) companies. It is holding an event on Wednesday, 31 October at 5.30pm – 9.30pm.

 

Venue:

Saïd Business School

Park End Street

Oxford OX1 1HP

Debate and discussion was led by:

  • NEIL MORRIS, CEO, the Faraday Institution, with over 30 years of international business and commercial experience at BP plc before recently taking the helm of the Faraday Institution.
  • ROB MILLAR, Head of Electrical at Williams Advanced Engineering, responsible for all electrical and battery projects, including the Formula-E battery programme, government-funded projects like Netfficient and ALISE and vehicle projects such as the Aston Martin Rapide E.
  • GRAEME PURDY, CEO, Ilika plc, a pioneer in solid state battery technology and materials innovation, which has a roadmap for miniature thin film batteries for wireless sensors and larger format cells for motive power.

The UK is heading towards a tipping point when the electric vehicle is set to become the preferred mode of transportation, and continued electrification will reinvent sectors from transport to power generation and distribution to banking.

See a write up of the event here

Posted on September 17, 2018 in Event, 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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