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

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Dearman

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals

In September 2015 the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, 17 goals to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change, and fight injustice and inequality. Developments in thermal energy technologies (heating and cooling) and the global cold economy has an important part to play if we are … Continue reading

The potential of air – born out of a garage
Clean Cold and Power / Cold Economy / Cryogenic / Uncategorized

The potential of air – born out of a garage

In the fifteen years since Peter Dearman first sprang his ‘garden shed’ invention on the world, its significance is growing out of all recognition. What started life as a clever way to displace fossil fuels in piston engines has spawned not only an emerging suite of zero-emission technologies that have the potential to solve several … 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 Energy Systems Catapult will support the development of new technology to drive future economic growth”, says Nick Winser
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“The Energy Systems Catapult will support the development of new technology to drive future economic growth”, says Nick Winser

Nick Winser, Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult, discussed how the Catapult will help deliver the UK’s objectives for the transformation of energy systems at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 11 February 2016. With a focus on energy innovation to meet the 2050 climate and energy target, Nick Winser informed students and guests that … 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

Cutting-edge robotic techniques in development to assist nuclear waste clean-up
Research

Cutting-edge robotic techniques in development to assist nuclear waste clean-up

The UK legacy nuclear waste clean-up problem is now the largest environmental remediation project in the whole of Europe, with estimates for the clean-up cost ranging as high as £100 billion over the next few decades. For academics, this is a chance to develop truly cutting edge robotics technologies, for an application that has tremendous societal … Continue reading