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
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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

How will our research develop expertise in nuclear energy in the UK? Professor Martin Freer explains…
Nuclear Energy / Research

How will our research develop expertise in nuclear energy in the UK? Professor Martin Freer explains…

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, discusses his research into of the structure of light nuclei, using nuclear reactions. Professor Martin Freer is Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research at … Continue reading

What is cryogenic energy storage? Professor Yulong Ding explains…
Energy storage / Research

What is cryogenic energy storage? Professor Yulong Ding explains…

Professor Yulong Ding, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham, discusses his work into cryogenic energy storage. Professor Yulong Ding holds the founding Chamberlain Chair of Chemical Engineering and Highview-RAEng Chair of Cryogenic Energy Storage and is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham. … Continue reading

Environmental Restoration of Fukushima after the Nuclear Power Plant Incident
Nuclear Energy / Research

Environmental Restoration of Fukushima after the Nuclear Power Plant Incident

Dr Stephanie Handley – Sidhu discusses the University of Birmingham’s involvement in the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident.  The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident is considered as one of the biggest environmental, social and economic disasters in recent years. Stabilisation of the FDNPP and decontamination of surrounding areas is likely to take over … Continue reading

Charging ahead – what impact will Tesla’s Powerwall have in the UK?
Research

Charging ahead – what impact will Tesla’s Powerwall have in the UK?

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe comments on Tesla’s new Powerwall and how it will impact the UK. Elon Musk’s announcement[1] that Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla will be selling batteries for home energy storage follows the company’s plans to build the ‘Gigafactory’, producing batteries for 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020[2]. The EV market, which is small … Continue reading