Past events

19 Nov

A win-win for everyone? Demand-side flexibility and people’s activities

Review by Jose-Luis Ramirez Mendiola

Flexibility of electricity demand is often seen as critical for balancing the grid when consumption is high and when there are drops in supply from renewables. The benefits of demand side flexibility include improving balancing with renewables; reducing the costs of electricity generation; and making the most of smart systems and battery storage. But is flexibility [...]

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14 Nov

Tipping Positive Change to Avoid Climate Tipping Points

Climate change has advanced to the point where we are already triggering damaging environmental tipping points – how can we stop this?

Tipping points exist in social, ecological and climate systems and those systems are increasingly causally intertwined in the Anthropocene. Climate change and biosphere degradation haveadvanced to the point where we are already triggering damaging environmental tipping points, and to [...]

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13 Nov

Oxford Energy Society: Changing Energy Systems: Life Cycle Approaches to Optimisation

Renewable technologies are inherently seen as “good”. Nevertheless, they are not without impact. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool used to help us outline where impacts occur and how we can minimise these. It is often applied to individual technologies, but can be applied to whole systems and also be used to help anticipate impacts from novel technologies and [...]

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30 Oct

Astor Lectureship presented by Prof Michael Hanemann “Environmental Markets: the Good, Bad and Ugly”

Economists tend to see the establishment of marketing – whether for water, pollution emissions, or the right to harvest fish or other resources – as unambiguously superior to other forms ofregulation. Some non-economists see marketing as inherently objectionable.Both views are simplistic. They overlook the legal, political and social factors that – together with economic considerations – determine how well something [...]

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29 Oct

Nature’s chemical energy circuits: taking inspiration from hydrogen in biology

This talk examines lessons that can be learnt from nature in the development of catalytic processes for some of the key challenges in energy chemistry. Microorganisms have developed specialised metal-containing enzymes for oxidation of hydrogen, production of hydrogen as a fuel, fixing carbon dioxide into useful chemical building blocks, and converting nitrogen into ammonia under ambient conditions. Nature’s catalysts are [...]

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22 Oct

Integrating Renewable Energy: Opportunities and Challenges

It is now widely accepted that renewable energy is, and will continue to be a major contributor to delivering the huge reductions in emissions needed to achieve a NetZero world. The costs of wind and solar have fallen significantly, and are now cheaper than fossil fuels, and there is widespread support forthese technologies from the public. But challenges remain in [...]

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16 Oct

Energy and the Anthropocene – Lecture – University Members only

Nick Eyre is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

Nick isDirector of Energy Research for the University of Oxford, and a Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. Previously, he was leader of the Lower [...]

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07 Oct

Ending energy poverty: reframing the poverty discourse

We cannot end poverty without ending energy poverty. Ever since the world’s first power plants whirred to life in 1882, we have seen how electricity is the lynchpin for development in all of its forms.

Manufacturing and industrial productivity, agriculture and food security, nutrition, hygiene, water, public health, education, even community engagement, in other words, daily life in a modern [...]

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