8th Oxford Energy Day
The 8th Oxford Energy Day took place on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 focussing on ‘Energy Storage’. Delegates were welcomed by Professor Nick Eyre, Director of Oxford Energy. The day brought together presentations from a wide range of leading experts in different aspects of energy storage. It enabled a broad discussion on the need for energy storage, its potential costs, the different technical options and some current application.
The keynote address was delivered by Chris Llewellyn-Smith on “Energy Storage – Needs and Challenges”. In his concluding remarks he said that approaching/reaching net-zero emissions will be extremely difficult unless Direct Air Capture of CO2 becomes cheap. Storage is needed to support heat, transport, and electricity supply and as large-scale storage is currently provided by fossil fuels, replacements will be needed.
Academic poster prize by Nature Energy
We are delighted to report that Engineering Science Doctoral Student, Zac Cesaro pictured here with Nick Eyre, won the Nature Energy prize at the 8th Oxford Energy Day.
The title of Zak’s poster was ‘Green Ammonia: From the Siemens Demonstrator to Global Energy Infrastructure’.
Zac won a prize of £100 and an electronic annual subscription to Nature Energy. The runners’ up were Energy Superhub Oxford, Dr Tina Fawcett, ECI and RISE: Renewable, Innovative and Scalable Electrification in Uganda and Zambia, Dr Susann Stritzke, Smith School.
Breakfast session: Women in Energy
The Women in Energy session that preceded the main conference was a workshop that discussed the issues for women working in energy research. It identified some actions for the university that the Steering Group for the Energy Network will discuss now to take forward.
Session 1 “The role of storage in future systems”. Chair: Nick Eyre
- National Grid – Claire Spedding Storage for the future power grid
- Aurora Energy Research – Ana Barillas Economics of Storage for grid applications
- Energy Systems Catapult – Guy Newey Policy to encourage storage deployment
Chair: Phil Grunewald
- University of Oxford, Peter Bruce – Battery research, Faraday Institution
- University of Strathclyde – Rebecca Ford – Batteries and people – Storage in local energy system
- University of Oxford, David Howey – What’s happening in Oxford, Energy Superhub Oxford
- Oxford Bus Company – Luke Marion – Batteries in buses
- JoJu Solar – Chris Jardine Batteries in homes
Session 3 “Long term storage options”. Chair: Cameron Hepburn
- University of Warwick – J Wang Compressed air energy storage
- University College London – Paul Dodds Hydrogen for energy storage
- University of Oxford – Bill David, Ammonia for energy storage. Department of Chemistry
- University of Loughborough – Phil Eames Heat storage
- University of Birmingham – Yulong Ding Cryogenic storage
The day ended with a drinks reception in the company of the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs.