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Battery Manufacturing Conference highlights role of nanotechnology

Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) : 25 October, 2013  (Technical Article)
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network held its one day Battery Manufacturing Conference at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick. Battery Manufacturing 2013 is sponsored and hosted by the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and features many of the UK battery industry’s key players. The conference includes presentations on the impact that nanotechnology is delivering in the battery industry, as well as the challenges the industry currently faces in the drive to push innovation and reduce costs.
Nanotechnology is now delivering significant impact in the future of battery manufacture and energy storage, and delegates learned about the use of nanotechnology in the manufacture of a new generation of innovative devices using nanomaterials.
The conference connected the battery manufacturing supply chain and provide latest updates on commercial, academic and government initiatives relevant to battery manufacturing. Keynote presentations were delivered by the WMG Centre HVM Catapult on the global challenge of low carbon mobility, and Jaguar Land Rover on an automotive OEM’s perspective on battery technology. Further presentations were delivered by Nexeon, Nokia Research Centre, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, the University of St Andrews, and the FP7 National Contact Point for Surface Transport.
The WMG Centre HVM Catapult focuses on 
  • Lightweight Technologies: Design for manufacture of novel lightweighting solutions including design methods, manufacture (forming, joining and assembly) and product performance. Our work covers structural and functional materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and hybrids.
  • Energy Storage & Management: Battery characterisation including ageing and abuse testing to determine failure modes, electric and hybrid drives testing and the scale-up of novel battery chemistries for evaluation in traction applications.
Global Challenge – Low Carbon Mobility Alan Curtis, CEO & Dr Nick Mallinson, Programme Manager, WMG Centre HVM Catapult
An Automotive Perspective on Battery Technology: Challenges & Opportunities Chris Lyness, Traction Battery Technical Specialist, Jaguar Land Rover
Nano Structured Silicon Anodes for Li-ion Battery Applications Dr Bill Macklin, Nexeon
Trends in Mobile Energy Piers Andrew, Nokia Research Centre
Developing an Ultra-high Performance Supercar Battery Dr Allan Paterson, Chief Electrochemist, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems
Nanomaterials for Lithium Batteries Dr Matthew Roberts, University of St Andrews
Opportunities for the Automotive industry in Horizon 2020 Cliff Funnell, FP7 National Contact Point for Surface Transport


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