Energy Storage is Big in the TSBE

It seems that the theme of Energy Storage is a hot topic around the world at the moment and this is also true in the TSBE Centre. At the end of 2016 three representatives; Alice Gunn, Maximilian J Zangs and Dr Timur Yunusov from the Energy Research Lab, based in the TSBE centre, attended the 3rd  UK Energy Storage conference

This conference was held in Birmingham University on the 30th of November 2016 for 3 days. Organised by the Energy Storage Research Network, Energy SUPERSTORE, STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology and funded by EPSRC; the event focuses on a wide scope of energy storage research, including: storage technology (battery chemistry, compressed air, hydrogen and other media), detailed modelling control techniques and their application on the network. 

The conference attracted a wide audience with presenters from both academia and industry; a full list can be found here The TSBE also had two members take to the stage to present their findings. Dr Timur Yunusov has presented on the latest results from work carried out as part of the New Thames Valley Vison (NTVV) project.

And Maximilian J Zangs  presented his latest research on control techniques for battery energy storage devices, aiming to support network operation at minutely resolution.

  • Maximilian Zangs, University of Reading: On-Line Adjustment of Battery Schedules for Supporting LV Distribution Network Operation.

This event resuled in numerous debates, conversations and networking opportunities for all involved.

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Forbes ’30 Under 30′ Nominee is Keynote at TVCC

In March this year the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce seminar event is being hosted by the TSBE Centre at Reading University. This event has been organised to explore potential challenges for power networks and the commercial opportunities for energy storage on a large scale. At this even we will be very pleased to welcome back one of the TSBE Centres Alumni; Marek Kubik as  Keynote speaker.

Dr Marek Kubik is the Keynote Speaker at this years TVCC Seminar Event hosted by the TSBE Centre

Marek was one of the very first researchers to join the TSBE back in 2009. His project researched ‘The Impact of High Levels of Renewable Generation on an Existing Fossil Fuel Based Electricity Market‘. This project and Marek’s subsequent career have been propelled by his passion for sustainability and relentless work ethic. As such he was recently nominated for the Forbes 30 Under 30. This is a fantastic achievement and when asked about the nomination Marek stated:

“I am deeply honoured to have been chosen for the list. Having met some of the other European nominees, I know the standard set for this is extremely high. Going forward I am looking forward to the global Forbes summit in Israel. This will bring together all of the Under 30 from around the globe and it will be a fantastic opportunity to meet my counterparts working in energy elsewhere and accelerate the change that is significantly needed in the sector.”


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Energy Seminar Series TSBE Centre with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce 2nd March 2017

Energy Storage for Power Networks  Energy Seminar 

2nd March 2017   14:00-16:30 hrs






A TSBE Centre Energy Seminar in association with The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This exciting seminar to explore the challenges for power networks and the commercial opportunities for energy storage on a large scale.

Speakers include Dr. Marek Kubik from AES corporation, Dr. Matthew Rowe, energy storage consultant with DNV GL Energy  and Dr Ben Potter from the University of Reading.



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TSBE EngD students to present at Westminster

EngD students Joshua Eadie and Katie McCausland have been invited to present posters at the SET Competition at Westminster.

The overall aim of STEM for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are an essential part of continuing progress in and development of UK research and R&D. Read more here:

Katie and Josh will also be talking about their posters at the Annual TSBE Conference to be held in June 2017.

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Energy Seminar Series TSBE Centre & New Thames Valley Vision with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce 1st & 2nd March

The academic partners of New Thames Valley Vision (NTVV) and Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE) Centre at University of Reading are organising 4th LV workshop to disseminate learning from the NTVV project and encourage discussion between academia, Distribution Network Operators, industry and regulators. In continuation of the LV workshop series, the 4th workshop will cover the following topics:

1st of March 2017, Day 1 PM: 12.00 to 19.00

  • Forecasting techniques for distribution level demand
  • Impact assessment of LCT uptake in LV networks

2nd of March 2017, Day 2 AM: 09.30 to 13.00

  • Energy storage control for support of distribution networks
  • Demonstration of results from field trials of energy storage control

2nd of March 2017, Day 2 PM: 14.00 to 16.30 (Jointly with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce):

  • Commercial application of energy storage at the grid level

The participants are expected to include active researchers in demand analytics and energy storage control as well as representatives from UK DNOs, Ofgem and industry. Confirmed speakers include: Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, DNV GL, AES Corporation, University of Oxford, Newcastle University, University of Strathclyde, University of Manchester and University of Reading.

There will be an opportunity to present a poster. If you would like to present a poster please provide a short summary of the work (abstract) by emailing:

Dr Timur Yunusov (

Location: Meadow Suite, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6UR.

Travel directions to the University:

Registration deadline: 15th of February 2017

There will be a self-funded (£20) dinner in the evening of the 1st of March.


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TSBE Centre EngD graduate Dr Marek Kubik nominated for Forbes 30 under 30

Marek was a student with the TSBE Centre, University of Reading for four years. During this time his research  with AES Corporation led to his  thesis entitled ‘The impact of high levels of renewable generation on conventional fossil fuel based electricity markets’, which he worked on with academic supervisors Professor Janet Barlow and Dr Phil Coker. He graduated in 2012. Read more here:



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TSBE Student wins ‘KPMG PowerHouse 2030’ Young Professional of the Year 2016

The TSBE Centre is pleased to announce yet another award winning EngD student. Alice Gunn was recently presented with the KPMG PowerHouse 2030 Young Energy Professional of the Year award. This award ecognises an individual, who has displayed a real commitment to the energy industry and combined with their leadership & teamwork skills, has shown great potential as a future leader in the energy industry.

Alice Gunn being presented the award by Simon Virley, Partner and Head of Power and Utilities at KPMG UK

Alice said of PowerHouse 2030;

PowerHouse 2030 is a young energy professionals network that I have been involved with from the beginning with around 15 other young professionals from the sector ( KPMG kindly hosted the latest conference which focused on the topic of ‘sector convergence and the internet of things’ and chose the winner of this years award. Speakers at the conference included professionals from; TfL, Apple and BT.

To find out more about Alices work you can visit her TSBE webpage at

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TSBE Urban Biodiversity Group hosts first lunchtime seminar


The TSBE Centre’s Urban Biodiversity Group (BioUrb) was set up earlier in the year to help provide support for those researching biological and ecological areas within the built environment.

On Wednesday 7th December 2016 the BioUrb Group hosted its first lunchtime seminar. Speakers included Rob Parkin and Kerry Elliott who came to talk about Green Parks success in becoming the only business park in the UK to achieve the Wildlife Trusts Benchmark Award. TSBE EngD students Thomas Chung and Katie McCausland also gave presentations on their research projects.

The event attracted attendees from 4 different schools within the university and was an excellent networking opportunity for those studying urban biodiversity; which is by its nature often a multi-disciplinary area.

It is hoped the next event will be hosted in the new year, so watch this space for updates

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TSBE Student’s poster wins award

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Science Poster Fair is an annual event which highlights the best of NPL’s scientific posters produced over the last year. This year TSBE Student Vasiliki Papaioannou, entered her poster considering ‘Electricity carbon intensity of the UK grid for the years 2009-2015‘ into the competition.

Vasiliki, who is supervised by Dr. Phil Coker and Dr. Ben Potter from the University of Reading, won second prize at the event. The judging panel, comprised NPL Fellows Richard Brown, Sasha Tzalenchuk and Bajram Zeqiri. All of whom were impressed by the quality of all the posters displayed, the breadth of subject matter covered, and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the presenters.

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NPL Poster Fair

Posters are often overlooked as tools in communicating science, however, the NPL annual competition is a way of recognising how posters can provide a snap shot of research which can lead to further discussions around the topic. Judges base their decisions on the following criteria:

  • Presentation – has the poster been appropriately styled, readable, easy to follow?
  • Content – strong narrative, where is the benefit?
  • Impact – what is the key take home message?

By creating a clear and concise poster (that can be seen below), Vasiliki impressed the judges and took home 2nd prize.

Electricity carbon intensity of the UK grid for the years 2009-2015

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Reading Climate Forum – 17th November 2016

The School of Architecture will host the Reading Climate Forum on the evening of 17 November 2016, 6 – 8 pm. The Forum is part of a series of informative and networking meetings around climate change (risks, mitigation and adaptation), promoted by the Greater Reading Environmental Network and funded by the Reading Climate Action Network. The topic to be discussed is the effect that Architecture and Urban design has on new buildings and refurbishments to achieve low environmental impact. The discussion will focus on multiscale and multidimensional approaches across the built environment, as a precondition for environmentally sound and socially meaningful design.

The Forum is structured around three steps corresponding to different modalities of discussion. In the first part complementary research perspectives on the topic will be presented. A pitch session will introduce different views from practice professionals. A round table on “Local issues and local plans” with the public will conclude the Forum. Upon registration, participants will have the opportunity to submit a question for the round table.

The event is organised by Dr. Daniela Perrotti and Professor Lorraine Farrelly (School of Architecture), in collaboration with the Greater Reading Environmental Network.

If you would like to know more information and to register your attendance, please see our webpage

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