Systemau Storio Ynni Clyfa | Smart Energy Storage Solutions

Working with businesses to drive innovation and develop new products, technologies and processes for the commercial market.

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Our People

Jonathan Williams, CAPSE Director

Operational Director Jonathan Williams possesses exceptional technical knowledge and expertise within the field of battery/electrical storage innovation. He is a market leader in electrical storage research and innovation and has extensive links with local, national and international industry. He is also a prominent academic and delivers a wide range of lectures across electrical, electronic and mechanical departments and has a long history of successful collaborative R&D programmes, with previous structural funds actually supporting the creation of a sustainable centre.


tel: +44 (0) 144 365 4675

Dr Matthew Phillips, SESS Programme Manager

Matthew’s research interests are in the development of novel battery-pack architectures. In particular, thermal management systems for performance optimisation. Other areas include investigating rapid charging techniques and the building of packs using new cell chemistries, such as Li-S. Previous research experience includes; battery / supercapcitor manufacture and testing, developing thermoelectric modules for automotive exhaust waste-heat energy recovery and investigating the optical properties of rare-earth doped silicon Matthew obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Cambridge in 2010 working in the field of organic semiconductors.


tel: +44 (0) 144 348 3335

Dr Mian Hammad Nazir, SESS Research Fellow

Hammad’s area of expertise includes development, modelling and testing of electrochemical cells and battery packs. His previous research experience is around materials degradation modelling for energy storage and large structural applications. Hammad did his PhD in Materials and Advance Manufacturing Engineering from Bournemouth University UK in Dec 2015, MEng and BEng (Hons) both in Mechatronics Engineering in 2011 and 2008 respectively. He has extensive R&D experience in both Industry and Higher Education.


tel: +44 (0) 144 348 2155

Dr Abdulla Rahil, SESS Research Fellow

Abdulla Rahil has a passion for renewable energy in the UK, delivered through electrical energy storage techniques. He has a strong background in energy storage and grid application. Abdulla completed his PhD in the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University and his Masters at Tripoli University, Libya. He has also worked as a lecturer and research assistant in many projects at De Montfort University and University of Leicester.


tel: +44 (0) 144 348 2116

Eduard Partenie, SESS Research Fellow

Eduard’s passion for renewable energy technologies led him to study this subject at degree level, achieving a First Class Honours and a Certificate of Excellence Award. His research interests include the management systems of the battery packs for monitoring and equalising the state of charge of the cells. Eduard followed on to combine the theory with practical know-how and undertook an industrial placement as a Data Analyst for biomass plants and wind farms with ECO2. He also conducted energy assessments for community buildings in South Wales, worked with electricians at the University of South Wales and has mentored new students for over 4 years.


tel: +44 (0) 144 348 3324

Susan Mitchell, SESS Operation Administrator

Sue has over 20 years’ experience of working with finance at the University of South Wales and has been involved in various European secondments. Ensuring all procurement processes and targets are audit proof and all evidence is collated, Sue administers the claims smoothly.  Sue is a university graduate and gained a 2:1 in CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management) and PRINCE2 foundation and has experience of implementing these workplace methodologies.


tel: +44 (0) 144 365 4173

Katie Llewellyn-Jones, Research and Grants Officer

Katie has worked in the Local Government finance arena for 11 years and has spent the past 3 working on European Funded projects. She provides the project team with financial advice, support and regulatory guidance, ensuring the project is compliant with European Funding Regulations.


tel: +44 (0) 144 348 3629

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Chris Francis, SESS Programme Manager

Programme Manager Chris Francis is a Chartered Engineer and PRINCE2 certified Manager with over 25 years of industrial experience gained in the manufacturing, automotive and aerospace sectors. Having achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chris was awarded the 2017 Certificate of Excellence and IET Prize at the University of South Wales and is currently a member of the BSI Optics and Photonics Committee group CPW/172.


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