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Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher
Nuclear Energy / Research

Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham, comments on the final approval of Hinkley Point C, highlighting the positive stimulus it will provide the UK economy. The journey to the realisation of Hinkley Point has regularly, and unceasingly, raised and dashed the hopes of supporters and opponents alike. … Continue reading

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Dearman

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals

In September 2015 the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, 17 goals to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change, and fight injustice and inequality. Developments in thermal energy technologies (heating and cooling) and the global cold economy has an important part to play if we are … Continue reading

Platinum: The Hydrogen Economy’s Achilles Heel
Hydrogen & Fuel Cells / Low Carbon Energy / Research

Platinum: The Hydrogen Economy’s Achilles Heel

James Walker, PhD student at the University of Birmingham, explores the impacts that platinum market trends are having upon fuel cell commercialisation, and highlights some Birmingham research which aims to mitigate these impacts. Platinum. Whether in a ring on your finger, in a filling in one of your teeth or in the catalytic converter in … Continue reading

The potential of air – born out of a garage
Clean Cold and Power / Cold Economy / Cryogenic / Uncategorized

The potential of air – born out of a garage

In the fifteen years since Peter Dearman first sprang his ‘garden shed’ invention on the world, its significance is growing out of all recognition. What started life as a clever way to displace fossil fuels in piston engines has spawned not only an emerging suite of zero-emission technologies that have the potential to solve several … Continue reading

Birmingham leads £5m project to tackle challenges facing energy storage technology
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Cryogenic / Energy storage / Research

Birmingham leads £5m project to tackle challenges facing energy storage technology

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham is the Principle Investigator on project MANIFEST, a new £5m EPSRC-funded project to tackle challenges facing energy storage technology, which he discusses. In the transition to a decarbonised economy, with increasing electricity generation from variable renewables, energy storage has the potential to provide valuable flexibility to … Continue reading

Nuclear Physicist named among top ten most influential in West Midlands
Nuclear Energy / Research

Nuclear Physicist named among top ten most influential in West Midlands

Professor Martin Freer, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, has been named in The Birmingham Post’s top ten most influential people in the West Midlands from the world of academia. This was … Continue reading