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University of Warwick
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Research Interests

My Research interests include systems engineering, real-time control, energy storage modelling, design optimisation and the design of energy management control systems. I am interested in the application of these generic and enabling technologies to the design of new energy storage systems for the transport and wider energy sectors. Recent areas of research focus include, but are not limited too: The design of new hybridisation strategies for off-highway vehicles and marine vessels. The design of novel thermal management solutions for energy storage systems. The integration of electric vehicles into a future charging infrastructure - vehicle-to-grid (V2G) operation and optimising fast charging to mitigate battery degradation. The design of new control functions to support 2nd life energy storage applications (e.g. active energy balancing, improved state of health and state of function estimation). The design of accelerated energy storage characterisation techniques to enable the broader adoption of circular economy strategies for used vehicle battery systems.


Dr James Marco is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). After graduating with an Engineering Doctorate from Warwick in 2000, James worked for several years within the automotive industry leading engineering research teams for Ford (North America and Europe), Jaguar Cars, Land Rover and Daimlerchrysler (Germany). In his early career, James was responsible for the design of the energy management control software for Ford's first fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle. In 2006, James returned to academia, taking a research position at Cranfield University. At Cranfield, he undertook a number of collaborative research projects in the related of areas of vehicle system control, system modelling and powertrain electrification. These include: LIFECar and Hyrban - both fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes and ADDZEV - a low cost hybrid electric commercial vehicle. James joined WMG in 2013 and is currently employed as a Reader in Vehicle Electrification and Energy Storage.

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  • Grandjean, Thomas, Barai, Anup, Hosseinzadeh, Elham, Guo, Yue, McGordon, Andrew, Marco, James, 2017. Large format lithium ion pouch cell full thermal characterisation for improved electric vehicle thermal management. Journal of Power Sources, 359, pp. 215-225, View
  • Uddin, Kotub, Moore, Andrew D., Barai, Anup, Marco, James, 2016. The effects of high frequency current ripple on electric vehicle battery performance. Applied Energy, 178, pp. 142-154, View

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