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




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Introductory Seminar:
Monday 26th June 2017 


The introductory seminar covered electrical energy storage and an introduction to flow batteries.  The seminar is suitable for delegates with limited knowledge of flow batteries and covers the important technical and commercial aspects of flow battery design, manufacture and operation.  The seminar also included some background on the need for energy storage on power systems and market opportunities, and provided the knowledge so that you can engage with the range of topics at the IFBF.   

The seminar was given by Dr Ian Whyte of Potential Reactions Limited.  Ian Whyte is an electrochemist with 20 years practical experience of flow battery development and operation and has consulted with many clients in the flow battery industry.

Anthony Price introduced the seminar with an explanation of power industry operation and a general introduction to electricity storage.  

Topics covered in the half day introductory seminar included:

Monday 26th June:

Registration & refreshments: from 08:30. 

Start: 09:00 a.m.  Finish between 12:00 & 12:30.  

 *Introduction to electrical energy storage:

  • Definitions
  • Energy storage for grid & non grid applications
  • Classification and overview of electrical energy storage technologies
  • Key issues for electrical energy storage:
    • Renewable generation
    • Energy trading
    • Commercial operation
    • Applications for long duration energy storage
    • Deployment status of flow batteries
    • Key commercial issues for the flow battery industry

*Flow battery theory:

  • Definitions: primary and secondary batteries, conventional and flow batteries and fuel cells
  • Electrochemical cell design: monopolar and bipolar cells
  • Flow battery chemistries: choice of couples, couples in development. 
  • Key electrochemical characteristics and performance of flow batteries, cell voltage, current density, cell resistance, side reactions

*Flow battery design, scale up and manufacture:

  • Cell design issues: flow distribution, current collection

*System design: Pumps & ancillary systems

  • Choice of materials electrodes, separators / membrane, manufacturing processes

*Power conversion

  • Electrolyte conditioning and battery management
    Materials supply chain issues
    Flow battery operation and performance

Costs and registration

The introductory seminar is open to all registered delegates for the IFBF.  An additional charge of £250.00 (£300.00 inc VAT) applies.  




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