8th Oxford Energy Day

Energy Storage


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.

True Planet, University of Oxford

2019 OE Conference Programme final

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.

Chris Llewellyn Smith Energy Storage – Needs and Challenges


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

Session 2: “Battery technology and short term storage”.

Chair: Phil Grunewald

Session 3 “Long term storage options”. Chair: Cameron Hepburn

The day ended with a drinks reception in the company of the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs.