Start date: 27/10/2020 08:30

End date: 27/10/2020 09:40

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SDI&CBBC UK-China Offshore Wind Webinar Series, Session 5: Innovation in Energy Storage for Offshore Wind

CBBC Event

October 27
The British Embassy in Beijing and China-Britain Business Council are delighted to invite you to our UK-China Offshore Wind Webinar Series, taking place from June to November 2020. These webinars are designed for leading industry experts and companies from both countries to discuss common technical and operational challenges, and identify areas for future collaboration.

Our fifth session on Tuesday 27th October will focus on the latest forms of Energy Storage being developed for application in the offshore wind industry. Our first speaker, Professor Ding Yulong, from the University of Birmingham, will introduce some of his work in developing liquid air energy storage technology, as well as a broader look at some other competing approaches. Our second speaker will be Andrew Skocz from Aqua Power Ltd, on Scaling Up Energy Storage for Offshore Wind: Innovations from Scotland.

Webinar Details:

Date: Tuesday 27th October 2020
Time: 16:30-17:40 (CST), 8:30-9:40 (BST)
Language:  English, with simultaneous interpretation provided.
Webinar Host:
- Kevin LIU, Head of  China, APAC Head of Energy, Scottish Development International

Webinar Agenda:
Time: Programme:
16:30 - 16:35 Opening Remarks from SDI
Kevin Liu,  Head of China, APAC Head of Energy, SDI
16:35 - 16:55 Cryogenic Energy Storage for a Net Zero Carbon Energy Future
Prof Ding Yulong, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES), University of Birmingham
16:55 - 17:15 Scaling Up Energy Storage for Offshore Wind: Innovations from Scotland
Andrew Skocz, Founder and CEO, Aqua Power
17:15 – 17:35 Q&A
17:35 – 17:40 Closing Remarks
17:40 Event Finishes

Webinar Platform:

This webinar will be held on ZOOM.  It is important that you download and install Zoom (desktop client or mobile App) in advance of the session. Please use the correct Zoom version, as using a different version may result in difficulties in joining the session. Desktop client and mobile App are both available at:, and

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Speaker Profiles:

Prof Ding Yulong

Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES)
University of Birmingham

Professor Yulong Ding FREng FIChemE FRSC CREng is the founding Chamberlain Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham and director of Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. He is a newly elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (2020), an elected Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (2019), a charted chemical engineer (2019), and a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2012). His current research covers both fundamental (multiphase transport phenomena across length scales) and applied (new energy conversion and storage technologies) aspects.

He invented liquid air energy storage technology and led the initial stage of the technology development and validation, which is commercialised by Highview Power, a UK engineering company He developed composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage and associated large-scale manufacture technologies, leading to large scale commercial applications with a total installation of 300+ MW / 1.2+ GWh so far. His work on the passive cooling container technology for cold chain transportation has started commercial demonstration. 

He is a receiver of three IChemE Global Awards – Energy, Research Project and Outstanding Achievement Awards (2019); Distinguished Energy Storage Individual Award (Beijing International Energy Storage and Expo, 2018); Cryogenic Energy Storage Research Chair Award (Royal Academy of Engineering, 2014); Energy & Environment Award and Technology and Innovation Grand Prix Award (Liquid Air Energy Storage, ‘The Engineer’ Magazine, 2011).
He has published over 450 technical papers with ~250 in peer-reviewed journals (H Index of ~ 65), filed over 70+ patents, and co-founded Dispersia Ltd and more recently Kelvin Thermotech Ltd. He currently serves on IChemE Publication Medal Assessment Panel; European Technology and Innovation Platform Working Group on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIPSNET); Royal Society Net Zero Carbon Panel; Steering Group of Royal Society study on long-term large-scale energy storage; UK Molten Salt Advisory Committee; IEA Annex 36 Carnot Batteries; and Editorial Boards of Journal of Energy Storage (Wiley), Journal of Thermal Science (Springer), Particuology (Elsevier), and Energies & Applied Science (MDPI).

About the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES):
Here is a brief introduction to BCES: BCES was set in 2013 and is a distributed centre across Chemical Engineering (hub), Mechanical Engineering, Materials & Metallurgy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Business School ( It consists of two inter-related sub-centres for Cryogenic Energy Storage and Thermal Energy Storage. The research themes of the BCES include: novel thermal energy storage (TES) materials  covering formulation, characterization and manufacture; TES components and devices for stationary and  mobile applications; TES systems integration & optimization; energy storage economics & policy; data analytics; liquid air energy storage; TES for electrical vehicles; cold chain transportation; thermal energy conversion; and TES applications.

Andrew Skocz
Founder and CEO
Aqua Power

Andrew is an energetic design engineer qualified to MSc in mechanical engineering. He has got over 15 years’ experience in the Renewable Energy, offshore and Oil & gas sectors gained at various levels from draughtsman to project manager. His main interest has always been Renewable Energy with a particular focus in Wave and Tidal and Wind Energy. Andrew has been directly involved in the development of 12 different Marine Renewable Energy systems.

About Aqua Power:
Aqua Power Ltd is a Scottish based Research and Development company that provides innovative and disruptive technologies and solutions for the blue economy. We are developing a novel large scale offshore Energy Storage System called LOTUS which can be co-located with offshore wind to help balance supply and demand.