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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero

Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Start times: 10.00am (private) 10.00am (public)


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What is the potential of batteries and fuel cells?

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will hear from leading researchers about anticipated developments in batteries and fuel cells over the next ten years that could contribute to meeting the net-zero target.

The Committee continues its inquiry into the Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero. It will ask a panel of experts about batteries, hearing about the current state-of-the-art in technologies that are currently in deployment, primarily lithium-ion batteries. It will also explore the potential of next generation technologies currently in development and the challenges in scaling them up to manufacture.

The Committee will then question a second panel about fuel cells, hearing about the different types available and their applications. It will explore challenges that need to be overcome in the development of the technology, and will consider the UK’s international standing in the sector.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero
Chair in Functional Nanomaterials, and Director of Research, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Sheffield
Professor in Chemical Engineering at University College London
Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Faradion Limited
Associate Professor, Warwick Manufacturing Group at University of Warwick
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero
Professor of Physical Electrochemistry at University of Southampton
Professor of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London
Professor, School of Chemistry at University of St Andrews

Possible questions

  • What research is being undertaken to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, and does this technology have fundamental limits?
  • What advantages do ‘next-generation’ battery technologies offer, and what potential do they have for deployment in the near-term?
  • What are the challenges facing the scaling-up of new battery technologies and materials from the lab to wider manufacture and usage?
  • What are the current uses of fuel cells in the UK, and what makes them suited to these applications?
  • What advances in fuel cell technologies are expected in the next decade, and what challenges are envisaged?
  • Is there coordination between battery and fuel cell research and development in the UK?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting (webcast)