DEI Public Lecture: Current research addressing the thermal energy challenge
This public lecture will define the scale of the thermal energy challenge and describe some of the current engineering research and technology development at Durham University that may provide sustainable solutions for the future.
Last year the UK government declared a climate emergency and committed to reach the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. There is growing pressure from some quarters to achieve this target much sooner. Whilst there has been significant technological advances and policy interventions to decarbonise our electricity network and transport, tackling heating and cooling in our buildings and industries remains very challenging. Most of our thermal energy demands are met using fossil fuels, predominately natural gas. Transitioning to alternative energy vectors, such as renewable electricity or hydrogen, needs to go hand-in-hand with improvements in energy efficiency and end use demand reduction.
Professor Roskilly has 30 years’ experience in the design, control, and operational optimisation of energy systems and manages a large portfolio of UKRI, EU and industrial research projects. He was appointed, as Chair of Energy Systems, by Durham University last October. Professor Roskilly is also a Chair Professor at Zhejiang University and a Visiting Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology.
Professor Roskilly was previously Chair of Marine Engineering, Director of the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research and Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University.
Professor Roskilly currently leads two national research networks funded by UKRI: Thermal Energy Challenge and a network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation. He is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Energy Systems Integration, the national contact for the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programmes for Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes and Energy Systems Integration and a member of the NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories Science Advisory Group.
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