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COM 2014 - 53rd Annual Conference of Metallurgists
Vanadium Symposium Honouring Professor Gilles Allard

To give value to vanadium deposits in Canada (Mostly in Quebec) and also develop the vanadium industry including vanadium redox batteries and vanadium alloy for Aerospatiale industry in Canada. The second international symposium on vanadium; the first symposium was held in 2002 at COM 2002 in Montreal over 10 years ago.


A short course entitled: Energy Storage Course Overview will be held in collaboration with the symposium. Course will be instructed by Maria Skyllas-Kazacos of the School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia. The Course Outline includes:

Introduction to Energy Storage

  • Why the need for storage?
  • Available energy storage technologies for stationary applications: pumped hydro, compressed air, fly-wheels, supercapacitors, chemical and electrochemical systems
  • Comparison of storage technologies based on application requirements (eg. power quality, back-up power, renewable energy storage, energy management etc); energy efficiency, capital costs and annualised costs. Criteria for selection of storage technology for specific applications.

Overview of Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems

  • Advantages of electrochemical systems versus mechanical and thermal storage. Fuel cells versus batteries and supercapacitors.
  • Types of fuel cell technologies - benefits and disadvantages.
  • Overview and comparison of battery technologies available for stationary and mobile applications: Lithium ion; Lithium-air; Sodium - Sulphur; Lead-acid and UltraBattery; Zinc-Air; Zinc-Bromine; Redox Flow Batteries (Fe/Cr , Vanadium (Generation 1, 2 and 3).
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each for different applications.
  • Li-ion Battery technologies for hybrid cars and electric cars and buses.
  • Recharging and refuelling options for electric cars and implications for grid supply.


COM 2014 Program


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