Simpler, smaller, cheaper? Alternatives to Britain’s new nuclear power plant
Nuclear Energy / Policy

Simpler, smaller, cheaper? Alternatives to Britain’s new nuclear power plant

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, discusses alternatives to Britain’s first new nuclear power station. The original article appeared in The Conversation on Monday 28 September 2015.  Britain appears to finally be on the way to building its first new nuclear power station for 20 years. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, … Continue reading

Moonshot or earthbound – what approach for reducing emissions from energy?
Climate Change / Low Carbon Energy

Moonshot or earthbound – what approach for reducing emissions from energy?

In a recent Opinion piece for the Financial Times (FT), Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, and previously a President of the Royal Society,  made the case for an ‘Apollo Programme’ approach to tackling climate change mitigation. The Apollo Programme itself was the American initiative to put a man on the moon in the 1960s, exemplified … Continue reading

Stamp of approval for pioneering liquid air technology
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Clean Cold and Power / Events

Stamp of approval for pioneering liquid air technology

Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, attended the opening of ground-breaking Clean Cold and Power Technology Centre by Dearman on Monday 14 September 2015. The new facility is home to Dearman’s extensive research and development activities, which are focused on the delivery of a range of zero-emission cold and power technologies and … Continue reading

New Midlands energy initiative is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity
Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

New Midlands energy initiative is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, discusses why the new Midlands energy initiative is a once in a generation opportunity, with national and international benefits.  With the future of energy generation and consumption come the extremes of challenge and opportunity. The decarbonisation of electricity, heat and transport by 2050, as required by … Continue reading