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

Birmingham leads £5m project to tackle challenges facing energy storage technology
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Cryogenic / Energy storage / Research

Birmingham leads £5m project to tackle challenges facing energy storage technology

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham is the Principle Investigator on project MANIFEST, a new £5m EPSRC-funded project to tackle challenges facing energy storage technology, which he discusses. In the transition to a decarbonised economy, with increasing electricity generation from variable renewables, energy storage has the potential to provide valuable flexibility to … Continue reading

Nuclear Physicist named among top ten most influential in West Midlands
Nuclear Energy / Research

Nuclear Physicist named among top ten most influential in West Midlands

Professor Martin Freer, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, has been named in The Birmingham Post’s top ten most influential people in the West Midlands from the world of academia. This was … Continue reading

The Climate Argument: should we panic and are we doomed, or what can we do?
Climate Change / Research

The Climate Argument: should we panic and are we doomed, or what can we do?

Professor Richard Tuckett, Professor of Chemical Physics, University of Birmingham, discusses evidence surrounding the connection between CO2 concentrations and the temperature of the planet, to  coincide with the start of United Nations COP21 in Paris, December 2015.  The evidence that anthropogenic carbon emissions are contributing to the increasing temperature of the Earth grows stronger by the … Continue reading

Energy research at Birmingham set to accelerate following £180m investment
Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) / Research

Energy research at Birmingham set to accelerate following £180m investment

The University of Birmingham is set to play a crucial role in the next step towards the transformation of the UK’s energy sector after the Government confirmed £60m investment for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). The investment is backed by a further £120 million from the private sector and Midlands Innovation universities. Professor Martin Freer, … 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