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

Cool change is coming and business needs to get ready
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Emissions / Policy / Research

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

‘Nuclear is the only proven low-carbon option for providing electricity the UK needs’ states Lord Hutton
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Nuclear Energy / Policy

‘Nuclear is the only proven low-carbon option for providing electricity the UK needs’ states Lord Hutton

Lord John Hutton, Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association discussed how Government and industry plan to deliver a stable market for nuclear energy infrastructure projects at the University of Birmingham on 9 November 2015. He informed students and guests at the prestigious energy lecture series that “without power, businesses cannot succeed and grow, and the … Continue reading

Watch: Thermal Energy at Birmingham Energy Institute Animation
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Policy / Research

Watch: Thermal Energy at Birmingham Energy Institute Animation

The provision of cold, or cooling, is integral to modern society; without it, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down. Cold is also vital for many other applications including air conditioning, super-critical technologies and freezing and powdering materials for recycling and easy disposal. At the Birmingham Energy Institute, we are taking a systematic … Continue reading

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

Keeping cool essential to future sustainable cities
Policy / Policy Commission

Keeping cool essential to future sustainable cities

Professor Peter Braithwaite, Director of Engineering Sustainability, Birmingham Centre for Resilience Research and Education, University of Birmingham discusses the importance of meeting climate challenge needs as the population rises. With populations rising, how do we plan, design and manage cities that can cope with increasing pressure on resources while meeting carbon and climate challenge needs? Will … Continue reading

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