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The future of energy at the British Science Festival: can innovation save us from climate wars?

(21 September 2015)

A DEI team visited the British Science Festival in Bradford and held an event asking ' Can we secure our energy future?'.

The DEI event was covered in the British Science Association blog post 'The future of energy at the British Science Festival: can innovation save us from climate wars?'

The DEI event considered the pressing challenges and questions about the nation's future energy supply and asked: Are we facing a dark and cold future or do we have viable options for securing our energy future?

The event showcased some of the innovative research being undertaken at Durham University by the new generation of energy researchers who are working towards answering the global energy challenges we face today and into the future. DEI team, led by Professor Andy Aplin, had researchers from Earth Sciences, Physics, and Engineering departments discussed the potential of Nuclear Fusion (Francis Ridgeon), Geothermal energy (Charlotte Adams), Organic Solar devices(Matthew Jones) , and alternative approaches to oil and gas such as Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture and storage in offshore oil wells (Mark Brodie).

Jo Barstow, British Science Association Media Fellow said:
"One group leading the way in energy futures research is the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). Presenting at the Festival, Professor Andy Aplin explained that since 2003 the UK has been using more energy than it produces. This shortfall means an increasing reliance on fuel imports from other countries. Despite attempts to increase renewables in the energy mix, more than half of the UK’s electricity is still generated using fossil fuels. Researchers at the DEI are looking for ways to plug the energy gap whilst reducing carbon emissions."

Find out more about the DEI event at the British Sceince Festival at https://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/events/past.events/britishsciencefest/

Read the British Science Association blog post 'The future of energy at the British Science Festival: can innovation save us from climate wars?'