Batteries and Fuel Cells Workshop

13 December 2016, Coventry, United Kingdom

Join us for a one day workshop about battery and fuel cell analysis on Tuesday 13th December 2016 at the University of Warwick.

The day will include a lab tour of the Energy Innovation Centre at the International Automotive Research Centre at WMG, a leading institute for battery research.

Batteries and Fuel Cells Workshop

This workshop is for anyone working in battery and fuel cell research and development. Find out more about new technologies available for battery testing and analysis:

A tremendous industrial and consumer need exists for portable rechargeable (secondary) energy sources. There are multiple requirements to fulfil:
  • High capacity
  • High discharge rates, delivering pulse-power
  • Sufficient cycle life

Since the early 1990s, Li-ion batteries have been the best technology available due to their intrinsic energy density. The success of the original Li-based energy storage device technology spawned research by chemists, material scientists and computational scientists for improved anode materials, cathode materials and electrolytes.

Engineers have worked diligently to advance thermal management, packaging and production methods to make smaller, cheaper, faster and safer devices. Supercapacitors and fuel cells are again becoming a focus of R & D teams as integral pieces to the energy storage and conversion puzzle.

Potentiostats have played an integral role in the research, development and production of these devices. Electrochemical tests range from cyclic voltammetry, constant-current discharge tests or EIS in a half-cell configuration to evaluation of the cycle-life of complete cells. In production facilities, this responsibility is transferred to Battery Cyclers for larger stack tests and formation exercises.

With scientists from a variety of backgrounds working in this field, specific tests have been created to benchmark key characteristics. The workshop will discuss best practices that have evolved:
  • High accuracy DC measurement techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and constant-current charge-discharge with optional voltage hold.
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) tests, including the comparison of Galvanostatic EIS and Potentiostatic EIS, as a diagnostic tool and the experimental difficulties that arise.
  • Advanced understanding of the electrochemical system – the potentiostat, cable and software – for improved experimental design and confidence in test results.

See the Energy Innovation Centre at Warwick

The day will include the unique opportunity of a lab tour of the Energy Innovation Centre, part of the International Automotive Research Centre at WMG and a leading institute for battery research. The centre is a one-stop-shop for the development of new battery chemistries, covering the full cycle of development, characterisation and verification.

Talks and Presentations

There will also be talks from invited speakers:
  • Dr Rob Sides – Product Specialist, Ametek
  • Dr Aman Dhir – Chemical Engineering, University of Wolverhampton
  • Anup Barai – Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

Register at ​

WMG, University of Warwick, International Manufacturing Centre, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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