Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher
Nuclear Energy / Research

Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham, comments on the final approval of Hinkley Point C, highlighting the positive stimulus it will provide the UK economy. The journey to the realisation of Hinkley Point has regularly, and unceasingly, raised and dashed the hopes of supporters and opponents alike. … 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

Sajid Javid MP opens University’s cryogenic energy storage pilot facility
Cryogenic / Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

Sajid Javid MP opens University’s cryogenic energy storage pilot facility

The Secretary of State for Business, Sajid Javid MP, has officially opened the University of Birmingham’s cryogenic energy storage pilot facility, a technology using ‘liquid air’ to store and provide power which could transform future energy systems. The new facility, which is housed on the University of Birmingham’s campus, is the UK’s first dedicated research … 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

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

Stamp of approval for pioneering liquid air technology
Birmingham Energy Institute events / Clean Cold and Power / Events

Stamp of approval for pioneering liquid air technology

Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, attended the opening of ground-breaking Clean Cold and Power Technology Centre by Dearman on Monday 14 September 2015. The new facility is home to Dearman’s extensive research and development activities, which are focused on the delivery of a range of zero-emission cold and power technologies and … Continue reading

New Midlands energy initiative is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity
Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

New Midlands energy initiative is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, discusses why the new Midlands energy initiative is a once in a generation opportunity, with national and international benefits.  With the future of energy generation and consumption come the extremes of challenge and opportunity. The decarbonisation of electricity, heat and transport by 2050, as required by … Continue reading