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

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

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

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