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

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

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

Expect all cars to soon be electric says Chief Scientific Advisor
Climate Change / Events / Low Carbon Energy

Expect all cars to soon be electric says Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change laid out the department’s priorities for future sustainable energy systems at the University of Birmingham in July 2015. He informed students and guests at the first Birmingham Energy Institute prestigious lecture series that in order to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets investing in … Continue reading