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9th North East Energy Materials and Systems Meeting (NEEMS 9)

The Great Hall


9th North East Energy Materials and Systems Meeting (NEEMS 9)

Tuesday 21st November 2023, 9am - 5pm

Decarbonisation of the UK will create immense pressures on its networks in order to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all. Electricity generation needs to double by 2050 with increased system flexibility and resilience. Research, innovation and skills across traditional interfaces are now more important than ever and on behalf of the EPSRC CDT in ReNU, we invite you to join the NEEMS 9 meeting on campus at Northumbria University. The focus of the meeting is on tangible approaches, driven by industry, to transition to clean energy as well as exploring the work from our PhD candidates.



0900: Registration and Coffee

0930: Welcome

0945: Industry talks: Challenges from supply chain to application

                Dr Dave Brignall, Northern Lithium, Developing a North East based junior mining company to supply battery grade Lithium Carbonate for the UK EV manufacturing

                Alexandra Stavropoulou, Oxford Instruments, Electron microscopy and battery materials

                Dr Gary Chandler, Alexander Dennis, Reducing emissions in the bus industry

  Speaker 4 to be confirmed

1200: Cohort 2 pitch

1230: Lunch and networking (Cohort 5 poster session)


1345: Update on ReNU+

1400: Student led roundtable discussion: Circular economy and net zero: Challenges and pathways to sustainability

1450: Break

1500: Cohort 4 whole energy systems project presentation (Chair: Dr Vincent Barrioz)

                Group 1: Do we need new PV technologies? Examining the economic, supply-chain, and regulatory drivers behind the PV industry and assessing to what extent commercial Silicon PV devices can meet these challenges. 

                Group 2: Smart-City Concepts: how can we have collaboration to create better Net Zero Strategies

                Group 3: Grid scale electrochemical energy storage. Assessing the opportunities and barriers to the use of electrochemical energy storage technologies for grid-level energy storage in the context of increased use of renewable energy generation.

                Group 4: Electric cars - Weighing them up. Assess how much the extra weight of electric vehicles is adding to the carbon footprint, and whether we should be aiming to make smaller, lighter EVs, or if this would make little difference and merely switching to any EV, albeit bigger and heavier is making almost the same improvement.

1630: Drinks and light food

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