Past events

28 Nov

Energy Seminar – Week 8: What do we need to do to build onshore wind?

James Robottom

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: Onshore wind in the UK is complex. It is a mature technology with a current capacity of close to 15GW. That is enough to power over 9.5 million homes which last year generated 11% of the UK’s electricity needs. With the first commercial wind farm being built in England in 1991 – [...]

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Seminar | Week 8
21 Nov

Energy Seminar – Week 7: The roles of nuclear fission and fusion in the future UK energy system

Professor William Nuttall, CPhys FInstP FRSA

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: Fusion has somehow leapt from being a distant concern of horizon-scanning academics and national lab researchers to being a trendy new start-up technology. Fission advocates have a new plan that is factory built and hopefully cheaper than the vast 2-reactor power plant under construction near Bristol. Fusion research and development has seen [...]

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Seminar | Week 7
14 Nov

Energy Seminar – Week 6: Bringing Breakthrough Technologies to Market: Solar Power and Feed-in Tariffs

Sugandha Srivastav

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: Solving societal problems such as climate change requires commercializing new technologies. Yet, due to incomplete information, there are under-developed markets for finance and insurance for these new technologies. Temporary support to bring the first set of projects to market may be warranted to resolve this credit market failure. Sugandha investigates the impact [...]

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Seminar | Week 6
14 Nov

CREDS: Drop-in session (online) – Using research in policy: perspective from a secondee to DESNZ

Peter Mallburn, Government Affairs Manager

Peter Mallaburn is the Government Affairs Manager for CREDS providing a liaison role between CREDS and UK Government Departments. He is currently also doing a part-time secondment to DESNZ in the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme where he is supporting the work on non-domestic heat pump deployment. This session will be run as a ‘Drop-in’ style where Peter will provide a 15-minute [...]

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07 Nov

Energy Seminar – Week 5: The UK energy demand observatory – how Oxford helps to understand and accelerate changes in energy demand

Dr Phil Grunewald

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: The way we use energy will have to undergo fundamental changes during the transition towards a net-zero world. Many of the technical solutions are known: insulate homes, electrify heating and transport, deploy smarter, more efficient and flexible appliances. But how well do they work in practice? Tracking the impact requires careful observation [...]

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Seminar | Week 5
31 Oct

Energy Seminar – Week 4: Royal Society Report on Energy Storage

Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith FRS

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: Electricity will meet an increasing fraction of the world’s growing energy needs as fossil fuels are phased out.  In Great Britain most will be provided by wind and solar. To match wind and solar, which are volatile, with demand, which is variable, they must be complemented by using wind and solar generated [...]

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Seminar | Week 4
24 Oct

Energy Seminar – Week 3: Winning the Energy Transition

Chris Nelder, xenetwork

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: Researchers focusing on the energy transition, as well as the journalists and podcasters who cover them, risk focusing too much on the facts of climate science and the portfolio of technology solutions that can effectuate the energy transition, while missing the vitally important context of realpolitik and political economy in which we [...]

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Seminar | Week 3