The International Flow Battery Forum
IFBF 2017 27-29 June Manchester, England




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Conference Programme 2017


The conference was held in Manchester, England.  

Venue details: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester, England.


View the full programme here.

Monday 26th June 2017:

Introductory Seminar

The introductory seminar was held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, England.   

Registration 08:30

Seminar 09:00 - 12:00

Industry visit: separate registration required.  11:00 to 1800

Tuesday 27th June 2017 Conference Day 1

0900: Registration opens, refreshments served
10:00  Keynote address by Maria Skyllas-Kazakos
Session 1: Recent progress in the flow battery industry
12:20 Lunch
13:45 Session 2: Panel discussion: Prospects for the flow battery industry
15:45 Refreshments
16:00 Session 3: Case studies
17:30 - 19:00 Evening: Networking reception sponsored by Oxkem

Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Conference Day 2   

08:00  Refreshments available
08:45 Session 4: Flow battery development: from science to business opportunity
09:00 Keynote address by Michael Aziz
11:00 Refreshments
11:30 Session 5: Other considerations for flow batteries:
address by Jonathan Buston of the Health and Safety Laboratory
panel discussion on supply of materials and components
13:00 Lunch
14:10 Session 6: Materials and manufacturing
15:30 Session 7: Posters   (refreshments available from 16:00)
19:00 Evening: IFBF Dinner at the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, sponsored by UET.

Thursday 29th June 2017 - Conference Day 3 

08:00  Refreshments available
08:45 Session 8: Improving performance and reliability
09:00 Keynote address by Huamin Zhang
11:00 Refreshments
11:30 Session 9: Technical developments
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session 10: Improving understanding
15:45 Closing discussions
16:30 Conference closes

Evening: Industrial visit to visit Hyde's Brewery, sponsored by Vanitec.   

Delegates of the IFBF took part in the 2nd Vanitec Energy Storage Committee (ESC)  meeting from 08:00 to 13:00 also held at the IFBF venue: the Mercure Manchester    Piccadilly Hotel.


Sessions included updates on new developments in flow batteries, flow battery materials, improvements in performance, flow battery operations including recent flow battery   operating experiences, flow battery applications, manufacturing and commercialisation, Safety and design.

Our programme this year included 3 keynote presentations:

Maria Skyllas-Kazacos introduced our conference.  Professor Skyllas-Kazacos, of the university of South Wales is well known for her pioneering work in the development of vanadium flow battery and her work has led to much of today's exciting developments. Maria's address is "Trials and demonstrations of large scale flow batteries and recent innovations."

Professor Michael Aziz, of Harvard University talked about many exciting and novel         types of flow batteries.  He is well known for his expert knowledge of energy systems         and his insight into the important links between innovation and commercial development.    His keynote address will include "Aqueous flow batteries uiltizing organics and organometallics"

Huamin Zhang addressed delegates with his presentation "Development and application      of high performance vanadium flow battery technology".  Professor Zhang has been instrumental in the design and development of vanadium, zinc and other flow batteries; and leads the research team at the Dalian Institution of Chemical Physics in its work on     flow batteries.

Our programme included presentations from flow battery manufacturers and developers       and an industry panel session on flow battery markets and commercialisation with representatives from redT, Sumitomo, PVH Storage, UniEnergy Technologies, Clean  Horizon Consulting and DNV. Jonathan Buston of the UK Government's Health and      Safety Laboratory gave an illustrated talk on battery safety.   We included a panel        session on the supply of materials and components for flow batteries with         representatives from Chemours, Fumatech SGL and Motiv Metals.

Selected poster presenters introduced their work to the forum prior to the poster session.

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The organisers reserve the right to change or modify this programme.


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