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

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

Cool change is coming and business needs to get ready
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Cool change is coming and business needs to get ready

The government has announced in the Budget that it will publish a call for evidence on the use of red diesel, especially in urban areas. Professor Toby Peters, Visiting Professor in Power and Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham argues that the refrigerated logistics industry needs to brace for change. The case for decisive … Continue reading

Green, White and Blue: Why India Needs a Third Agricultural Revolution
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Green, White and Blue: Why India Needs a Third Agricultural Revolution

Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy, and has been transformed since independence in 1947. The green revolution staved off famine by raising crop yields dramatically, and the white revolution – “Operation Flood” – turned India into the world’s largest milk producer. Yet, for all of the increase in production, food losses have also … Continue reading

Do a group of small UK technology companies hold the key to Prime Minister Modi’s big vision for Indian farmers?
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Do a group of small UK technology companies hold the key to Prime Minister Modi’s big vision for Indian farmers?

Prime Minister Modi has set India the target of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022. With upwards of 40% of food lost between the farm gate and market, to double farmers’ income immediately highlights the need to significantly enhance cold chain logistics and fast connectivity with markets. Food that is allowed to rot, rather than being sold, … Continue reading

HFC deal is far from ‘job done
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HFC deal is far from ‘job done

The global deal to phase out HFC refrigerant gases signed in Rwanda received a rapturous reception. Coming just ten days after the world ratified the Paris climate treaty, this narrower technical agreement should have struggled to capture headlines, but far from it. US Secretary of State John Kerry declared the HFC deal the ‘single most … Continue reading