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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

The Nuclear Option

28th February 2018, 18:00 to 19:00, Hogan Lovell’s Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, Brian Matthews


20% of the UK’s electricity comes from Nuclear power, should nuclear power be part of a balanced energy mix in the future?

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The talk focuses – why nuclear power plays an important role as a power generator in the current energy mix, an overview and update on Hinkley Point C new nuclear build and possible follow up projects at Sizewell, Bradwell, Anglesey (Wylfa) and West Cumbria (Moorside). What is the rest of the world doing with existing Nuclear power generation and future policy and plans. In addition to the planned projects what are the other future options (including life extension of existing plants and new nuclear technology).

We have the technology and a strong nuclear history in the UK, but a nuclear future will be dictated by public and political support, key to this is: how do we learn from the past, ensure our safety culture underpins our aspirations and what are we doing to change public perception.

Brian has been working in the nuclear industry for 20 years, joining EDF Energy in 2004 as an Emergency Preparedness Engineer after working for BAE systems (on the Astute class Submarine), Rolls Royce and Motherwell Bridge in Radiation Protection and Boiler Maintenance. Brian studied at Lancaster University gaining a BSc in Physics and MSc in Management Science. Since starting with EDF Energy Brian has held roles as Quality Management Group Head (Health, Safety, Quality, Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness) and Continuous Improvement Manager. He is a legally authorised Emergency Controller. Brian is a leadership tutor specialising in coaching, engagement, safety culture and engineering ethics. Over the last 5 years Brian has developed links with colleges and universities to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and jobs, this included a mentoring scheme to engage 6th form students in STEM which continues to be a great success.

There will also be a post lecture networking drinks reception from 19.00-19.45.

Parking on campus is open to non-staff after 5pm.

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