Our previous event’s Speaker Agenda
09:15 Horiba Mira, Eddie Dewis, Solution Leader – xEV Component Test – Real World Development & Validation
Eddie Dewis is the xEV Components Solution Leader at HORIBA MIRA. After starting his career in the foundry industry progressing to be a Metallurgist and later Laboratory Manager, Eddie moved into component and materials testing for the automotive sector in the early nineties, being MD of an independent testing facility for many years before joining HORIBA MIRA in 2016.
Business Development Manager
Presentation Title: Critical clean air solutions for battery research, development and manufacturing
Chris is a Business Development Manager for Camfil Limited, and has over 28 years’ global experience working in the field of air filtration within critical environments such as Semiconductor fabs, Biopharma facilities, Life Science Research and High Level Bio-containment Labs.
He is now bringing his experience with Camfils’ more than 55 years of knowledge, experience and capabilities as a global leader in clean air solutions, to the e-mobility market where the need for extremely high air quality in many areas of research, development and manufacturing, is so critical to the processes, people and the environment, but which also requires the maximisation of energy efficiency and minimisation of its environmental impact.
10:05 Innovate UK, Oyebola Bello, Programme Manager, Transition to NetZero- Sustainable Transport
Oyebola is the Programme Manager- Batteries for the Faraday Battery Challenge where she supports in the management and delivery of the industrial R&D portfolio of over 80 projects. Prior to joining Innovate UK she worked as a Project Manager at Microsoft UK on their Microsoft dynamics CRM, managing the marketing project across 25 countries and in defining and executing a charter related to the different activities needed to execute the project. Her Background is Mathematics.
10:30 UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Andrew Britton, Business Development Manager, An Introduction to UK Battery Industrialisation Centre
Andrew Britton first joined the national UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in November 2019 as one of the Business Development Managers.
A graduate of Preston Poly (now the University of Central Lancashire), he joined Leyland Trucks as a sales and marketing graduate trainee, before moving to purchasing with Leyland Engines. He later joined Perkins Engines as a senior buyer in 1987 but switched to sales in 1988.
Andrew then spent the next 15 years managing Perkins’ licensees around the globe, which included managing sales in South America for three years working out of Miami. His final assignment with Perkins was as part of its consultancy division selling Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to Automotive OEM’s.
Andrew joined Millbrook Proving Ground (now UTAC) in 2006 looking after crash test and its component test laboratory.
Dr Gary Mepsted BSc. PhD. CChem FRSC, Power Sources Senior Technical Leader, SUBERB calls for ultra-high power and fast charging
Gary has been active in battery R&D for more than 25 years, he is a chartered chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has published numerous papers and patents. His team is engaged in research and development of Li-ion cells and their application in military, space and commercial markets. Gary’s team operates two facilities in this area; an R&D and prototype Li-ion production capability that for development, scale-up and proving of early-stage materials and technologies and a test & evaluation facility that undertakes regulatory and hazard testing of cells and batteries to commercial and military standards.
11:20 Rockfort Engineering
Angus Lyon, Director, Powertrain and vehicle optimisation in Formula E – stepping back to see the full picture
Angus has over 25 years’ experience within automotive OEMs, Tier1s and start-ups as well as championship winning Formula 1 and Formula E teams. Throughout this time, Angus gained a strong and in-depth understanding of all areas of active vehicle and powertrain systems including electric propulsion systems. In 2013 this culminated in Angus delivering a world land speed record holding electric race car, the Drayson B12/69 EV. Angus founded his engineering consultancy, Rockfort Engineering Ltd, in 2013 and heads up the engineering and commercial activities of the company supported by a strong and highly experienced engineering and administration team.
11:45 Delta, Simon Dowson
Race to Electrification – How Delta will accelerate Cosworth’s Journey to Electrification
Simon Dowson is the Managing Director of Delta Cosworth. In 2005 Simon co-founded Delta, taking the business from a motorsport design consultancy to an electrification specialist, covering everything from battery system design and manufacture to full vehicle prototypes over the last 16 years. In March 2021 Delta was acquired by the Cosworth Group, adding electrification to 70 years of engineering excellence.
12:10 3M, Jeff Kapp, Automotive Electrification Project Manager
John Phipps, BDM Advanced Materials
Ian Kelsall, BDM Electronic Assembly Solutions – 3M Science: Enabling Tomorrow’s Vehicles
Jeff is a project manager representing the 3M product range relevant to automotive electrification. Over 14 years at 3M he has performed roles within the automotive and aerospace sectors, having previously worked for a number of automotive brands where he was focussed on launching new materials technology. With Masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Engineering Quality, Jeff has applied his knowledge to specialise in adhesive bonding, light weighting and is now enjoying the challenges presented by electrification in its many forms.
12:45 Merit, Tony Wells, Chief Executive Officer, Rethinking construction: designing and building battery manufacturing facilities using an offsite and zero carbon approach
Tony is Chief Executive of Merit, which he took over in 2002. Tony’s focus on innovation, new technologies and productivity has resulted in the company designing and building the most complex of facilities with offsite techniques. Most recently, he has further developed a unique zero carbon emission based offsite manufacturing approach to deliver biopharma and other clean technology facilities including Government flagship projects in Li-ion battery manufacturing, cell and gene therapy and mRNA vaccines manufacturing. He started his career at British Steel Teesside executing projects on BOS/Concast and spent time on plant at Lakenby Plate Mill and South Bank Coke Ovens. Tony also led the Engineering and Maintenance teams at Fujitsu Newton Aycliffe for five years before leading the Client Facility team overseeing the £200m Siemens North Tyneside project. Tony also led Siemens global benchmarking and research review of wafer fabrication construction in Taiwan, US & EU; to develop the optimum future fabrication design.
13:05 ZES Zimmer, Andreas Alexandrou, Measurements on Electric Drive Systems
Andreas Alexandrou is a Sales and Application Engineer at ZES ZIMMER Electronic Systems GmbH. He supports the European market, providing mainly technical expertise for power measurements for the test and evaluation of systems including electric powertrains, batteries, AC & DC chargers for electromobility, transformers, solar inverters etc. Masters degree in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives.
13:35 Fike, Dr.Ing. Jef Snoeys, Director, EPTG, Research and Academy, Explosion Protection Consultant at Fike –Battery Energy Storage Explosion Protection
Dr. Jef Snoeys has been with Fike Corporation since 1993 and currently serves as the director of the Fike Explosion Protection Technology Group and the Fike Academy. In this role, Jef is the senior scientist who conducts applied research and is always up to date with competitive technologies and other technological issues related to explosion protection. Fike maintains a flow laboratory, an explosion test laboratory, and a remote sensing centre for explosions.
Based at Fike’s European office in Herentals, Belgium, Jef is an active member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN TC 305) and an active participant in several other committees such as the North American committees NFPA 68 and NFPA 69. He chairs several standardization committees guided in the creation, revision, and maintenance of local and global regulatory standards.
Jef has coordinated research activities and proficiency testing for devices at several international test sites including Ineris (France), Gexcon (Norway), FSA (Germany), HSL (UK) and Fike (USA).
14:00 Dr Ellie Galanis, Paragraf, GHS Product Owner, Graphene magnetic sensors for the isolated, local and non-destructive current density, and distribution analysis of battery cells, packs and modules
Ellie was awarded a first-class degree in materials science and engineering and attained a Ph.D in the study of metallic crystal growth. She spent seven years on the research and development of novel materials; targeting and delivering on specific industrial demands.
14:25 Advanced Propulsion Centre, Opportunities for the UK Supply Chain in supporting the UK’s Road to Zero
Dan is an Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the automotive and power generation industries.
Beginning his career in project management and manufacturing at GEC ALSTOM, Dan has also held senior positions in production at Automotive Products and purchasing and supply chain supply at Delphi Diesel Systems.
14:50 Jaguar LandRover/Tri-Wall, Mike Valentine, Projects Lead, LIBRIS Lithium-Ion Battery Research in Safety
Mike Valentine Projects Lead for Tri-Wall UK. Working to improve the current understanding of Li-ion battery hazards, examine and challenge current transport methodologies, inform future transportation standards and improve knowledge within the energy storage industry around shipping best practices in an environmentally positive method.
Previously Director of ROV services & Sea-Urchin UK developing future advanced electric propulsion systems for underwater and hostile environments.
Mike has a wealth of experience within the automotive, marine and aviation industry, specialising in electrical propulsion with the market leaders such as Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus, developing innovative solutions.
Mike has spent the last two years in collaboration with JLR, 3M, HSE, Denchi, Potenza, WMG & Lifeline on the LIBRIS project, undertaking full ground-up research and development to create an evidence-based data set of battery hazards and mitigation methods that may best inform future regulations in transport.
Dr Richard Boyd, Senior Technical Specialist, Simulation Technology Facilitating Battery Pack Range Optimization
Professional engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the application of linear and non-linear structural analysis and optimisation across a wide variety of engineering sectors including aerospace, rail, defence and automotive. Deep domain knowledge of engineering solutions of a multi-disciplinary nature, supporting customer-driven design and test activities at various stages of product development, from concept design to final certification. Project managed several EU and UK government-funded collaborations, most recently £2.6million with Rolls-Royce to develop and deploy multi-physics optimisation solutions to UltraFan. This included the development, implementation, and application of Altair’s electro-thermal battery simulation capability.
15:40 CPI Research, Mike Clausen, Head of Technology, Overview of CPI Battery Technology and Capability
Mike is the Head of Technology within the electronics business unit. He is responsible for providing technical leadership, developing technologies so that they can be translated to innovative products capable of commercialization in the future. He has 25 years’ experience working in Research and Development, mass production and customer service environments. He has worked for medium size British companies and major international blue chip organisations such as Fujitsu Microelectronics, NXP, Filtronic Compound Semiconductors and RFMD. His knowledge base spans Operations management, process engineering and integration, technology development, yield enhancement and project management. He is currently responsible for developing the knowledge base and technology assets for the energy storage area.
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