Queen’s Speech: New energy policies must not distract from environmental priorities
Policy

Queen’s Speech: New energy policies must not distract from environmental priorities

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe comments on the shift in energy policy emphasis from low carbon to energy security and economic growth in the Queen’s Speech to both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 27th May 2015.  The Queen’s Speech reflects a shift in energy policy emphasis from low carbon to energy security and economic growth. These don’t have to … Continue reading

Environmental Restoration of Fukushima after the Nuclear Power Plant Incident
Nuclear Energy / Research

Environmental Restoration of Fukushima after the Nuclear Power Plant Incident

Dr Stephanie Handley – Sidhu discusses the University of Birmingham’s involvement in the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident.  The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident is considered as one of the biggest environmental, social and economic disasters in recent years. Stabilisation of the FDNPP and decontamination of surrounding areas is likely to take over … Continue reading

Charging ahead – what impact will Tesla’s Powerwall have in the UK?
Research

Charging ahead – what impact will Tesla’s Powerwall have in the UK?

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe comments on Tesla’s new Powerwall and how it will impact the UK. Elon Musk’s announcement[1] that Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla will be selling batteries for home energy storage follows the company’s plans to build the ‘Gigafactory’, producing batteries for 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020[2]. The EV market, which is small … Continue reading