North East Battery Alliance Conference

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Start Date
Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00
End Date
Wed, 11 May 2022 17:00
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With the North East hosting the UK’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant and becoming one of the first regions in the UK to roll out electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support electrification, it is truly becoming an exciting centre for the electrification revolution.


Coordinated by the North East Battery Alliance (NEBA) and the Faraday Institution, the two day NEBA launch event which will have a comprehensive agenda including seminars, networking, Q&As and the opportunity to hear and discuss current and future research, development and innovation challenges and the opportunities in this innovative space.

This event has been specifically designed to focus on the North East as a regional hub which supports the growing battery industry, supply chains, skills, and economy, and will provide an interactive space addressing current and future challenges and opportunities. The event intends to bring together stakeholders from all areas of the industry, within the relevant supply chains along with research and innovation institutions to share information and have meaningful discussions.

A fantastic line up of speakers from across academia, business and the public sector will set out their plans and aspirations for an industry worth £bn’s providing thousands of employment opportunities for the UK.

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Day 1 – Hedley Suite, Sandyford Building, Newcastle upon Tyne

The first day will focus on the academic challenges and opportunities and showcase some of the exciting research work currently being undertaken in the region.

9.00 Arrival, registration and refreshments 

9.30 – Welcome — Northumbria University Welcome to NEBA Academic Launch – Professor George Marston, Pro Vice Chancellor, Northumbria University

Keynote Speeches – Chair: Prof George Marston, Pro Vice Chancellor, Northumbria University

9.40 — The Faraday Institution — Matt Howard, Faraday Institution

09:5010:00 NEBA overview & CPI – Dr Graeme Cruickshank, CPI 

10:0010:15 Industrial Speaker: Britishvolt – Peter Rolton, Britishvolt

10:1510:25 NEBA Chair & Industry perspective — Matthew Lumsden, Connected Energy

10:2510:40 Battery technologies research – EVs & grid implications — Professor Ghanim Putrus, Northumbria University

10.40 – Break

11:00 – Panel Session with researchers and industry representatives discussing the challenges and opportunities – Panel Chair: Professor of Energy Innovation, Professor Neil Beattie

  • Materials for Electrode (Anode / Cathode) — Elisabetta Arca, Newcastle University
  • Battery performance & Thermal — Dr Terrance Liu, Northumbria University
  • Module pack design & systems interface — Prof Michael Short, Teeside University
  • Questions & Answers — All

Break: 10 mins

  • 2nd life Battery, what is the role? — Matthw Lumsden, CEO Connected Energy
  • Recycling — Helen Waters, EMR Group Commercial Manager, Electric vehicle recycling
  • The future — TBC
  • Questions & Answers — All

12.50 – Lunch break and Networking

13.30 – Academic Session — Welcome to Academic Poster Session & Keynote Speech — Peter Rolton, Executive Chairman, Britishvolt 

13.30 — 15.30 – Academic Poster Presentation Session (runs in parallel with skills session).

Review of Poster Presentations from across 5 regional universities & Networking — 5 Regional Universities

13.30 – 15.30 Skills session (runs in parallel with Academic poster session)

The aim of this session is to discuss how to address the skills challenge by outlining the current skills emergency, discuss the skills required and funding and how to address the key skills required for battery manufacture, including priorities such as recycling and 2nd life use.

  • Introduction and Welcome — Karen Burgess, North East LEP
  • Electrification National Skills outlook, size of the challenge & national skills response – Benjamin Silverstone (WMG)
  • Employer industry perspective– Ian Green (Britishvolt)
  • Regional image for skills challenge — Rene Koglbauer, Newcastle University
  • Open Panel to include all speakers
  • Open Panel Q&A
  • Networking

Day 2 – The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle, NE4 5TG

The second day will focus on the industry and supply chain landscape.

We will explore the challenges faced by the battery supply chain (regionally and nationally) and what support can look like.

9.00 – Arrival and registration

9.30 — Introduction to the day — Launch of NEBA. Colin Herron, FINE & Ryan Maughan, EV North

9.40 — Welcome from Newcastle University and a reflection on day one — Brian Walker, PVC Newcastle University 

Part One: - The landscape, main drivers, public and private perspectives.

9.50 – What electrification means to the region in terms of not just the economy but the green agenda, health and wellbeing. Our wider aspirations — Jamie Driscoll Elected Mayor North of Tyne Combined Authority

10.00 — NEBA: The mechanism to address the regional challenge within a national agenda – Professor Colin Herron, Faraday Institution North East

10.20 Plenary Talk — Britishvolt — The NE as an emerging battery and EV hub. Peter Rolton, Britishvolt

10.30 — The Faraday Institution: Who, what and why. Matt Howard, Faraday Institution

10.50 — The North East Local Enterprise Partnership how NEBA
fits into the regional strategy, Lucy Winskell, North East LEP

11.10 — Levelling up. Alexander Rose, DWF

11.25 – Public & private partnerships – shaping & catalysing

  • NEBA the work to date – Lois Warne, Project Manager, NEBA
  • Faraday Institute North East – connectivity to the UK — Professor Colin Herron, MD, Faraday Institution
  • CPI and the Catapult assets –Graeme Cruikshank, CPI 
  • Invest North East England – Investments, opportunities, focusing on electrification. Michelle Duggan, INEE

11.45 – Panel Session. Ryan Maughan, EV North

  • Identifying the gaps
  • How to develop into a world leading industrial sector

12.15 – Lunch & Networking

Part Two: The Challenges – Themed Interactive Sessions (focusing on highlighting the key challenges and how to develop solutions) 20 mins presentation + 10 min Q&A

13.15 — Manufacturing (Net Zero, supply chains, skills). Peter Rolton, Britishvolt Dawson, Newcastle CPI

13.45 – Battery Materials development. Rob Mitchell, CPI

14.15 — Battery Second Life — Matthew Lumsden, CEO Connected Energy

14.45 – Break

15.00 — The recycling challenge (EMR Group) — Helen Waters EMR Group

15.30 – Future Developments. TBC

16.00 – Expression of interest re. NEBA and ecosystem. Ryan Maughan, EV North

In parallel: There will be an investment suite in the Catalyst Boardroom.

13.30 — 16.00 — Investment suite and focus group — Inward & Capital Investment. Michelle Duggan, Invest North East England & Ian Smith, CPI Enterprises

16.00 — Closing Remarks

16.15 – 16.45 — Networking