Professor David Howey received his MEng degree from Cambridge University (2002) and PhD degree from Imperial College London (2010) on the topic of heat transfer in electrical machines. He also worked as an engineering consultant between 2002 and 2005.
David moved to Oxford in 2011 to take a position as a University Lecturer (now Associate Professor) in Engineering Science, and a Tutorial Fellowship at St Hilda’s College. His current research interests are focused on modelling and managing energy storage systems, for electric vehicles as well as grid and off-grid power systems.
Professor David Howey's research expertise is in modelling, diagnostics and control of electrochemical energy devices and systems. Lithium-ion batteries are his current main focus, and he also has interests in sodium-ion batteries, lead-acid batteries, flow batteries, and supercapacitors.
His group’s aim is to improve performance and cost by predicting dynamics and lifetime, estimating temperatures and faults, and measuring how and why devices perform in the real world. This requires them to address fundamental issues in modelling, instrumentation and data processing.
David works extensively with industry in the UK, Germany and Korea, on topics including accelerated ageing, remaining lifetime estimation and optimal control of grid storage, with Continental Automotive GmbH, Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens UK, and others. In 2012 he won a Samsung GRO Award on lithium-ion battery modelling, which was renewed, and also led to a separate R&D contract directly with Samsung Applied Institute of Technology in South Korea. He was also UK PI on a 3-year, $1.2m project funded directly by the Korean Government on microgrids and storage, and has been involved in many large collaborative UK projects, funded by EPSRC, the Faraday Institution and InnovateUK. In 2017 his group spun-out a battery management systems company called Brill Power which won the Shell New Energy Challenge in 2017 and the Japan New Energy Challenge in 2018.
David is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy from 2014-2020.
I am interested in supervising DPhil students with an interest in Electrochemical Engineering, Batteries, Energy Storage, Condition Monitoring, Diagnostics, and Thermal Management.