Willenhall, the collaborative research facility aimed at developing battery energy storage facilities for the national electricity grid led by the academics from Energy2050 in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, has been shortlisted for a Collaborate to Innovate award from The Engineer. The new awards initiative, judged by leading figures from across industry, aims to identifying some of the UK’s most impressive and innovative examples of engineering collaboration.
The Willenhall project began in 2013, led by the University of Sheffield with Aston University, University of Southampton, ABB, Toshiba, Sterling Power, Portastor, Western Power Distribution, Converter Technology & OpalRT. The battery energy storage site launched in March this year and works by storing excess energy from the national electricity grid. It then releases the stored energy back into the electricity grid when needed, ensuring the power supply is stable.
Dr Dan Gladwin said, ‘It is a privilege to be shortlisted for the Collaborate to Innovate award for Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability. The Willenhall facility is unique, enabling world class research which has only been possible with the total collaboration we have had with the other institutions and industry partners involved.’
The ultimate winners of each category will be announced at a special event in London on 7th September, and the competition will culminate on 17th November with a conference showcasing the winners and exploring key themes around collaboration and innovation.
The facility was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)