The Royal Academy of Engineering recently welcomed a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences for a joint workshop exploring the science, engineering and national policy requirements for developing and implementing energy storage technology. The Chinese delegation was led by Professor Li Jinghai, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Richard Williams FREng, from the University of Leeds, chaired the workshop. The aim was to enable delegates from industry, academia and government to highlight key strategic needs in energy storage research and identify areas for bilateral cooperation.

The Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Liu Xiaoming, gave a welcome address and highlighted that the future growth of China lay in green energy and low-carbon development. He noted that the Chinese Government’s recently drafted ‘12th Five Year Plan’ includes improving and diversifying the energy mix, reforming the nation’s patterns of energy production and keeping energy consumption under control.

Two Government Chief Scientific Advisors also spoke at the workshop. Professor David MacKay and Professor Brian Collins CB FREng, outlined the UK national energy strategy. Speakers from the UK also included representatives from Imperial College London, National Grid and the Energy Technologies Institute, who discussed current storage capacity and exchanged ideas for future plans with some of China’s top engineers and scientists working in the energy field.

The workshop also included a poster session and discussions on the electricity grid and transport.

Chair of the workshop, Professor Richard Williams FREng said:

"The ability to store energy is a critical step in enabling effective use of intermittent renewable energy sources and in developing a versatile 'grid' to supply electrical power across the nation. There is no doubt that more effort needs to be made to address the challenges we have identified, both in terms of energy security and the ability of UK to deliver a low carbon future."

A UK delegation will visit China in May to attend a return workshop and build on the links established.

Presentations from the workshop are available below.

A summary report of the workshop will also available from the Academy’s website in March 2011.

Notes for editors

  1. Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAS) is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development centre in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation in China. Its mission is to conduct research in basic and technological sciences; to undertake nationwide integrated surveys on natural resources and ecological environment; to provide the country with scientific data and advice for governmental decision-making’ and to undertake government-assigned projects with key S&T problems in the process of social and economic development; to initiate personnel training; and to promote China’s high-tech enterprise by its active involvement in these areas.
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
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