SIRBATT Workshop and Meetings: Bilbao, Spain - Tuesday 29th September 2015

‌SIRBATT held its first Workshop ‘Understanding Lithium Battery Interfaces’ in Bilbao, Spain on 29th September 2015 which was attended by some 60 battery scientists.

Kristina Edström, from Uppsala University, gave the keynote talk on ‘Interfaces and Interphases in Silicon Anodes for Li-ion Batteries’.  Five guest speakers included Ivan Lucas (UPMC University, Paris); Eric Berg (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland) and Gunther Wittstock (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenberg, Germany).   Two of the other three successful projects with SIRBATT’s EC call were presented with Grietus Mulder (InfluENCE) and Lucile Quazaguel (BACCARA) giving an outline and preliminary results from their work.   The keynote speaker, Kristina Edström, also represented the Hi-C project.

 Bilbao Workshop Group

Peter Hall from the University of Sheffield gave a talk entitled ‘When Interfaces go wrong: Challenges in the remote monitoring and grid connected LTO batteries’.  SIRBATT work was well disseminated with talks from partners Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), Universita Degli Studi di Camerino (Italy), Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France).

Industry partners from the SIRBATT network presented their experience of energy storage with talks from Allan Paterson (Johnson Matthey, UK) and Andres Gomez Navarro (Iberdrola, Spain).

A poster prize (sponsored by Johnson Matthey) was awarded to Christine Brinkmann from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (Germany) for her poster Effect of Lithium ex-situ passivation in Lithium-polymer symmetric cells’.

Overall the Workshop provided a wide overview of the work currently being undertaken within battery science across Europe.  It also provided an opportunity for networking and collaboration within the community.

Bilbao Workshop Programme

In addition to the Workshop the SIRBATT Consortium met for their six-monthly Research Review Meeting on 28th Setpember.  During this meeting each Work Package Leader presented their progress to-date and group members discussed their future plans.  SIRBATT's Project Board met to review overall progress of the work being undertaken and the Dissemination Sub-Committee also met to discuss the End Use and Dissemination Plan.