06 October 2023
Last month, safety scientists from HSE joined others in
the battery energy storage research, development and innovation
ecosystem to share some of their findings at the prestigious
Faraday Institution Annual Conference.
The Faraday Institution is the UK's independent institute for
electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market
analysis and early-stage commercialisation.
Under the theme of 'driving towards sustainable electrification
of the UK', the 2023 conference took place at the University of
Birmingham and was billed as the Institution's largest and most
open science dissemination and networking event to date, attracting
over 500 delegates.
HSE presented the following papers during the conference's poster
The papers are a result of several historical and ongoing
research projects undertaken by scientists at the HSE Science and
Research Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire. HSE scientists are looking
into the wide variety of battery safety issues facing industry as
the UK works towards its net zero goals. The papers highlight the
contribution HSE is making to this key area of research through the
expertise and capabilities that it has available at its Buxton
As well as presenting their papers, Jonathan, Gemma and Phil
also attended various technical sessions during the three-day
conference and networked with like-minded delegates from across
academia and industry. This was a great opportunity for some of the
newer battery team members to gain an understanding into the
research developments going on in industry and academia, providing
valuable insight that could help to inform HSE's future research
programme in support of its strategic objective to enable industry
to innovate safely to prevent major incidents, supporting the move
towards net zero.
Speaking about the experience, battery safety scientist Phil
Reeve, who joined HSE in January this year, commented:
"This was my first academic conference for a while.
I found it really interesting and it was good to see the future
path of travel for battery technology. This will help us to
anticipate emerging safety implications due to new battery
chemistry, size and applications."
Find out more about HSE's battery safety research