Science & Technology

Battery and electrical storage technology: harnessing the grid

Dr Greg Offer
14th February 2019, 7:00pm

Almost every week a paper is published describing a new battery technology that is going to revolutionise the world and provide a step change in battery performance. Yet, this never appears to happen and instead batteries continue to improve incrementally by a few percent each year. Why does this happen and can we expect the rate of improvement to change significantly. The talk will cover: the nature of disruption, the pressures on the automotive industry (air quality, congestion, environment, geographical shifts, etc), the key technologies (batteries, fuel cells, hybrids, etc), introduce autonomous vehicles and automation, discuss the economics & environmental impact of transport and benchmark the key technologies, introduce some important trends in battery research, explain why new discoveries take so long to scale up, discuss what this means for the battery industry and discuss where is the potential for true disruption and the impact on the way we live our lives.


About the speaker

Dr Gregory Offer works at the interface between the science and engineering of electrochemical devices, mostly focused on automotive applications. He has trained as an electrochemist before moving to engineering, his research portfolio focuses on understanding the limits of operation, degradation mechanisms and failure modes of batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells in real world applications, and the impacts and consequences on system design, integration and control. Dr Gregory Offer started his academic career in 2010 and is the PI of the >£10M Faraday Institution Fast Start on Multi-Scale Modelling of Batteries, and PI or CoI on multiple Innovate UK projects working with industry. Dr Gregory Offer has published over 80 relevant papers, authored 8 patents in relevant areas.