Dr James Marco is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). After graduating with an Engineering Doctorate from Warwick in 2000, James worked for several years within the automotive industry leading engineering research teams for Ford (North America and Europe), Jaguar Cars, Land Rover and Daimlerchrysler (Germany). In his early career, James was responsible for the design of the energy management control software for Ford’s first fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle. In 2006, James returned to academia, taking a research position at Cranfield University. At Cranfield, he undertook a number of collaborative research projects in the related of areas of vehicle system control, system modelling and powertrain electrification. These include: LIFECar and Hyrban – both fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes and ADDZEV – a low cost hybrid electric commercial vehicle. James joined WMG in 2013 and is currently employed as a Reader in Vehicle Electrification and Energy Storage.

James’s research within ELEVATE is focussed within Work Package 3 and is concerned with the engineering challenges of scaling up battery cells and components into complete energy storage systems that have an energy density, power density and reliability that are commensurate with end user requirements. Research is ongoing to better understand the thermal performance of the new li-ion cell within a battery system or module context. Activities include but are not constrained to the design of an optimised cell that concurrently minimises the heat generation and thermal gradient across the battery under high transient electrical load.