Battery Research: Visions and Missions

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Join Prof. Harry Hoster, Director of Energy Lancaster at Lancaster University, to learn about research into and the future of rechargeable batteries.

This webinar is the latest in a series of breakfast research seminars on materials science at Lancaster University’s Material Science Institute. Learn how cutting-edge research can help you increase the competitiveness of your business and find out more about how the GISMO programme can help you do this at no extra cost.

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Rechargeable batteries are at the centre of the ongoing decarbonisation of the global energy system. They are the key element in electric vehicles and they are essential for energy storage in the electricity grid.

Visions in battery research include the quest for higher energy densities and shorter charging times, whilst making sure that neither the supply chain nor the end-of-life recycling impose burdens on our planet or our society.

University research in the battery field splits into two main missions: (a) developing better batteries for the future and (b) making better use of the technologies that are already available.

Future technologies are frequently mentioned in the media. Prof. Harry Hoster will highlight the intrinsic gap between a laboratory discovery (as often hyped in the media) and battery technologies that play a role on an industrial scale.

He will suggest that there are viable business opportunities in technologies that already are scaled up or are on a clear path to become so.

Getting the most out of existing batteries is an important engineering challenge, and so is the ability to build high-quality state-of-the-art batteries. Professor Hoster will highlight that the opportunities might even come from financial products related to batteries, where knowledge in battery chemistry and materials can make all the economic difference.

For batteries to play a growing role in the local economy, universities are an ideal hub to bring together local and international players and to convey research insights and know-how to the relevant stakeholders.

The Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO) programme gives eligible companies fully-funded access to the experts in the Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University to develop and implement solutions in this field.

Who is it for?

These breakfast events are for businesses and material researchers from across the globe.

We are especially pleased to invite Cheshire and Warrington SMEs to join our seminars and to gain insight into our research in battery technology and the latest research challenges in this field.

Why attend?

  • Learn about the latest developments in battery technology
  • Understand the business opportunities in state-of-the art, developed technologies
  • Find out how you can use the experts and specialist facilities at Lancaster University to develop and implement solutions in rechargeable batteries – all fully-funded.

How do I join?

This event will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a link to join the webinar upon registration. You can join from your browser. This will be an automated email from Eventbrite with the subject ‘Order Confirmation’. Please scroll down to ‘Additional Information’ to find the meeting link. If you do not receive this email, please contact


If you have any questions about the event, please contact James Stancombe, GISMO Programme Manager:


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