Thomas Bryden is a PhD student at the University of Southampton, where he is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage. Prior to becoming a PhD student Thomas graduated from Warwick University in 2011 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering before joining a Subsea Engineering Consultancy where he worked as an Engineer for 3 years.

As part of the ELEVATE project at Southampton Thomas is focusing on the potential type and size of the off-vehicle energy store at the fast charging station. To specify the optimum off-vehicle energy store Thomas will be investigating: Future high rate EV charging capability; Capabilities and costs of energy stores suitable for use as the off-vehicle energy store; Future fast charging usage; Grid impacts of high power connections. To assess the capabilities and costs of potential energy stores Thomas will perform experiments to characterise and diagnose a range of energy stores at high C-rates.