Monthly Archives: May 2015

Batteries for energy storage: myths, misconceptions, realities and economics

Professor Simon Hall, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch May 2015 meeting – Joint with New Zealand Institute of Chemistry

 7.30 pm Tuesday, 19 May, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

Over the last decades there has been renewed interest in developing new battery technologies. In part this has been driven by the rapid increase in the number and type of portable and lightweight electronic ‘things’. More recently the widespread use of electric vehicles (either as hybrids or wholly electrically powered) has been considered, as is also the use of batteries to store energy for on- and off-grid electricity applications. The development of both electric vehicle and stationary grid technologies should assist with mitigating Climate Change. While for the most part batteries for portable electronic devices perform adequately, there is no robust solution for electric vehicles and stationary energy storage. This talk will outline some of the major issues that battery developers and manufacturers face when attempting to find solutions to these challenges.

Professor Simon Hall is Professor of Electrochemistry at Massey University. Simon is also a founding Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Simon has been involved in a number of spin-out companies, focussed on commercialising his battery research innovations. In 2005, together with colleagues, he was awarded the Distinguished Patent Award by the US Department of Energy, University of California and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2008 he was awarded the Fonterra Prize for Industrial & Applied Chemistry by the NZ Institute of Chemistry and in 2010 he was awarded the Innovators Award for Research and Development by Bayer NZ. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. Simon is now the Head of Institute for the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University and is responsible for leading 150 staff and 150 postgraduate students across Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics and Plant Biology.

All warmly welcome