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The next generation of battery materials
Batteries / Research

The next generation of battery materials

In October 2017, Dr Andrew J. Morris was appointed as Senior Birmingham Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham. Dr Morris specialises in using high-throughput computation to discover and categorise next-generation battery materials. There is urgent need for new battery materials with superior performance to present technologies. Incremental improvements … Continue reading

Prime Minister’s “baffling” decision to leave EU nuclear agency risks UK’s electric car revolution, warns Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute
Air Pollution / Birmingham Energy Institute events / Climate Change / Emissions / Low Carbon Energy / Nuclear Energy / Policy

Prime Minister’s “baffling” decision to leave EU nuclear agency risks UK’s electric car revolution, warns Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute

Writing exclusively for The Independent, Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, has urged Theresa May to ditch her “baffling” plans to leave Euratom, the EU’s nuclear agency, or risk derailing the government’s plans to replace diesel and petrol cars with electric vehicles. Continue reading

Britain’s air conditioner boom demands radical solution
Birmingham Energy Institute events

Britain’s air conditioner boom demands radical solution

As the UK has experienced temperatures towards 35C so far this summer, sweaty Britons may have wished they had air conditioning at home as well as at work. And in future they probably will. According to the latest National Grid scenario modelling, the number of domestic air conditioners in this country could soar from negligible … Continue reading

Delivering India’s Cool Revolution
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Global Goals / Policy / Research

Delivering India’s Cool Revolution

Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy, employing almost half its workforce – over 250 million people; the majority though are subsistence farmers with a couple of acres. In 2016, Prime Minister Modi, declared “I wish to double the income of farmers by 2022 when India will celebrate 75 years of its independence”. To … Continue reading

No smoke without fire: How fuel cells and hydrogen change the atmosphere
Air Pollution / Climate Change / Emissions / Energy Economics / Fuel cells / Hydrogen & Fuel Cells / Low Carbon Energy / Uncategorized

No smoke without fire: How fuel cells and hydrogen change the atmosphere

Professor Michaela Kendall discusses how the use of fuel cells and hydrogen can change the atmosphere for the better. She also highlights the founding of the Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Network, a commercially-led, inclusive interest group which aims to consolidate the strengths of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector in the region. As everyone … Continue reading

UK and Brazilian universities unite to tackle major global problems
Climate Change / Energy storage / Global Goals / Policy / Research

UK and Brazilian universities unite to tackle major global problems

Omar Saeed, Project and Centre Manager for MANIFEST, at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, University of Birmingham, discusses his recent trip to Sao Paulo, to explore the development of new collaborative research alliances between the UK and Brazil. On Monday 13 March 2017, academics and professional services staff from the University of Birmingham travelled … Continue reading