Speaker Agenda1

Speaker Agenda

10:00 – 10:20 – Dr Anna Wise – Innovation Lead – Batteries, Innovate UK – The Faraday Challange and opportunities for UK business

10:20 – 10:40 – Khalid Khan – Business Development Director, Steatite – The use and development of Lithium batteries in emerging markets.

10:40 – 11:00 – Garry Wilson – Director of Business Development, Advanced Propulsion Centre

11:00 – 11:20 – Peter Collins – Field Sales Team Leader, Laser 2000 – Into the Blue – Laser Welding of Batteries

11:20 – 11:40 – Thomas Carl – Laboratory Manager, Intertek – EV Battery Safety – Testing, Regulations and Standards

11:40 – 12:00 – Michael Phelan – CEO, Endeco Technologies

12:00 – 12:20 – Dr Alastair McGibbon – Head of Business Development, Catapult – SiC and GaN power electronics applications: The role of the CSA Catapult

12:20 – 12:40 – Dr Dan Gladwin – Deputy Director of CREESA, The University of Sheffield – Batteries: Grid Connected Energy Storage and Applications


Dr Anna Wise – Innovation Lead – Batteries, Innovate UK

Anna joined the Automotive team of Innovate UK in June 2017. Her focus is delivering the innovation programmes in battery technology for electric vehicles, in particular the innovation aspect of the £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge. Before joining Innovate UK, she was based in the USA at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. There she carried out collaborative research with business and academia to understand battery behaviour using high intensity X-rays. Anna was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2012.

Khalid Khan – Business Development Director, Steatite

Khalid has extensive experience within the battery industry, an area in which he has worked for the last 9 years, covering a range of battery chemistries. Khalid is currently focused on the introduction and development of battery technologies into harsh and critical environments.

Garry Wilson – Director of Business Development, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Garry Wilson has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry working for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. He held various leadership roles within BMW, Land Rover, MG and Rover including Chief Engineer for Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering. He has worked for Roush and Delphi and most recently as a Board member at Torotrak and has experience in all aspects of the motor industry and business functions with predominant experience in powertrain engineering and manufacturing.

At the APC, Garry’s key focus is Business Development which includes development of the Hub and Spoke network which will bring together the key technical, regional and specialist skills across the UK.

Peter Collins – Field Sales Team Leader, Laser 2000

Peter Collins is the field sales team leader for the Industrial team at Laser 2000 UK, a specialist photonics distributor; working closely with customers finding photonic solutions that help solve their requirements and problems. He received a BEng(Hons) in Integrated Engineering with Management and an MSc (Eng) in Advanced Engineering with Laser both at the University of Liverpool. Peter has been active in the area of photonics for 12 years, working in laser R&D and laser materials processing applications, before moving into a sales position at Laser 2000. At Battery Tech Expo he will introduce a ground-breaking new high-power blue laser which opens up entirely new ranges of applications, such as welding copper foils for Li:ion batteries

Thomas Carl – Laboratory Manager, Intertek

After graduating from the University of applied science of Kempten for Machine Building in 1999, Mr. Carl worked for 13 years as a construction development engineer for different industrial sectors, including machine tools, packaging and the tabasco industry. In 2012, he changed from development of construction to testing services and started at Intertek as test engineer for Li-Ion Batteries (mainly Electrical Vehicle Batteries). In this function, he helped build the Intertek Centre of Excellence for Battery Testing in Germany. From 2015 on, Mr. Carl took over the position and responsibilities as Laboratory Manager. In this role, he expanded the Laboratory to become one of the leading test centers in Germany for Battery, EV Charger and Environmental Testing, as well for the service of Global Market Access (GMAP). Intertek is a well-respected supplier by automotive OEM´s, TIER 1´s and manufacturers around the world.

Michael Phelan – CEO, Endeco Technologies

Michael is a pioneer for demand side response, CEO and co-founder at Endeco Technologies. Michael has over 22 years management experience in sales, marketing and product development in electronic and software companies targeting the energy sector. Prior to joining Endeco Technologies, Michael held positions at Philips, Microsol, PCAS and Duolog in automation and electronics.  He was responsible for developing European, Asian and American markets and OEMs such as Invensys, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Alstom. In addition, he has facilitated several successful exits. Michael is a graduate of University College Dublin where he obtained an MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Dr Alastair McGibbon – Business Development Manager, Catapult

Alastair has over 30 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry in industry and academia. Most recently, he has supported the UK Power electronics community through Power Electronics UK. As Business Development Manager for the Compound Semiconductor Application (CSA) Catapult, his focus is working with the UK power electronics supply chain to help them grow through the deployment of GaN and SiC devices in fully integrated, reliable and cost-effective commercial systems.

Dr Dan Gladwin – Deputy Director of CREESA, The University of Sheffield

Dr Dan Gladwin (PI) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, within the University of Sheffield. He has particular expertise in energy storage and management, power electronics, and intelligent systems. He is a founding member and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage and Applications (CREESA) at the University of Sheffield, and is a named investigator on more than £8.5M of funding from EPSRC, H2020 and Innovate UK in the last 5 years. He manages the work on electrochemical energy storage for grid scale storage and is co-investigator for the £3.8M 1MWh / 2MW lithium titanate facility at Willenhall. He is also co-investigator on the recently started £1.5M TransEnergy project (EP/N022289/1) that is investigating the feasibility of storage on different types of railway networks and in particular the integration of parked electric vehicles close to lines. He has published over 50 papers in the areas of battery modelling and state estimation, optimisation, energy storage and power systems. He is also currently leading a H2020 project to install Europe’s largest hybrid flywheel battery energy storage system.