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Video Challenge 2018

Students - Can you explain your vision for a more energy efficient future in 2 minutes?

Can you create an engaging video doing just that?

Upload your video to Youtube with the title Energy GRP Challenge 2018: [your name] by the 15th January explaining how you see the future of energy systems and you could be in with a chance to win £100.

Your topic could cover anything from heating and cooling of buildings to electric vehicles, technology, energy policy, social attitudes or any number of other aspects of the energy industry.

Wed 06 December 2017, 15:32 | Tags: Energy; Energy GRP, sustainability, GRPnews

Interview with a researcher: Mel Loveridge

The International Automotive Research Centre at WMG houses a unique battery research facility. Here researchers not only design batteries, but can manufacture multiple cells in their battery chemistry scale-up line and test them. In the small but bomb-proof Battery Abuse Centre, these cells undergo trial by fire, penetration, overcharging – often with dramatic results. Mel Loveridge is working on adding a further capability to the facility, battery forensics.
Mel’s background is in biochemistry and materials science. She began her research career as a materials scientist before moving into the field of electrochemistry. Her interest is in the materials that are used to create anodes and cathodes, particularly how they are manufactured and how they degrade.

Under her project FAB (Forensic Analysis of Batteries) Mel and her team can take existing batteries – for example, the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and subject them to numerous tests including X-ray Tomography, Electron Microscopy and Diamond Light Source Ptychography to diagnose why and how they fail. These results can then be fed back into the manufacturing process to improve the quality of batteries and make them safer. Mel has been working on other interesting avenues in battery diagnostics including in-situ sensors that can not only detect the temperature fluctuations inside a battery, but also pinpoint differences in temperature in different areas of the cell...

Wed 06 December 2017, 10:19 | Tags: Energy; Energy GRP, electricity, energy storage, batteries, interview, WMG, research

Greg Clark announces £80 million funding for Coventry, Warwickshire and University of Warwick partnership to create new national battery facility

A partnership between WMG, at the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Coventry City Council has been awarded £80 million to establish a new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF). The announcement was made by The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, while attending an energy conference on the University of Warwick campus on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Wed 29 November 2017, 15:34 | Tags: batteries, WMG, research

Interview with a researcher: Mark Dooner

We met Dr Mark Dooner of the Power and Control Systems research group and learned about his work on compressed air energy storage and modelling energy networks.

The Compressed Air Energy Storage battery in the Power and Control Systems lab is about the size of a small fridge. This is not including the actual compressed air, stored separately in large tanks. The majority of Dr Mark Dooner’s work day to day is around modelling the motor within this device to maximise the efficiency and speed at which this energy can be reclaimed, He has recently contributed to a paper on the scroll type motor that the group has designed, which finely controls how the stored energy is released.

As Mark explains, the scale of this technology is one of its major strengths

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