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University of Bath: Special I-SEE / IET seminar ‘Securing the UK’s Energy Future’ Public Lecture
Mon 23 Nov 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Special I-SEE / IET seminar ‘Securing the UK’s Energy Future’ on Monday 23 November 2015 at 18:30
Presented by Professor John Loughhead FREng FIET FCGI, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change
Abstract: The UK has set itself one the most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the world: an 80% cut by 2050. Much of the reduction will have to come from our energy systems, and that will mean great changes both in their design and in how we all use energy. What might our future electricity, transport, and housing systems look like, and from where will the energy come? How will we ensure the highly reliable energy supply that is critical to modern society? What are the engineering and social challenges that lie ahead?
Devising practical solutions to the problems of “keeping the lights on”, at an affordable price, with security of supply, is challenging. As CSA to DECC, at the heart of this debate, John will discuss some of the objective evidence behind the choices of a mixed supply of energy (imported gas, nuclear, tidal, PV, onshore and offshore wind, and Hydraulic Fracturing for gas). This latter source is very topical here in South West England.
Professor John Loughhead joined DECC in October 2014 as Chief Scientific Advisor from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) where he was Executive Director. His professional career includes industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, including new energy conversion systems, and electrical and materials development for electricity generation and transmission equipment. He has extensive international experience in both industry and academia. John is a Chartered Engineer, (Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College where he researched computational fluid dynamics research). He is Past-President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of both the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.
Audience: I-SEE seminars are free and open for all to attend, with registration in advance
Date: Monday 23 November 2015
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: University of Bath, 8 West 3.22 lecture theatre (location and maps and travel advice)
Drinks Reception: Please join us for a glass of wine/soft drink and canapes in the University of Bath’s ‘Wessex Restaurant’ from 18:00 to 18:25