The consortium of universities to which the £2.1 million grant has been awarded include the University of Bath, Imperial College London, University of Surrey, Loughborough University, Policy Studies Institute, University of Strathclyde, University of East Anglia, and the University of Leeds.
The project, entitled 'Transition pathways to a low carbon economy', will explore how the UK is to achieve its aim of a low carbon society, including what the future energy mix of the UK might look like.
The £10 million fund is open to all UK universities who wish to research the next generation of low carbon energy solutions.
Professor Matthew Leach, from the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, comments: “The UK Government has set strong long term targets for tackling climate change, which will require changes in the types of energy technologies installed, in the fuels used and greater efforts at energy efficiency. There is plenty of analysis of what might need to be in place to meet those targets in, say, 2050, but very little understanding of the practical impacts of, and barriers to, the ‘pathways’ that the country needs to follow to get from our current position to a low carbon future. The consortium comprises leading engineers, social scientists and policy analysts who will investigate what changes are needed at all levels of the energy system: from how the large energy utilities might evolve to how householders might be interacting with smart meters and rooftop solar energy.”
The five-year programme of work under the partnership was developed with support from four partner universities that already have expertise in low carbon research – Loughborough University, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham and Imperial College, London.
Stuart Miller | alfa
Machine learning helps predict worldwide plant-conservation priorities
04.12.2018 | Ohio State University
From the Arctic to the tropics: researchers present a unique database on Earth’s vegetation
20.11.2018 | Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Over the last decade, there has been much excitement about the discovery, recognised by the Nobel Prize in Physics only two years ago, that there are two types...
What if a sensor sensing a thing could be part of the thing itself? Rice University engineers believe they have a two-dimensional solution to do just that.
Rice engineers led by materials scientists Pulickel Ajayan and Jun Lou have developed a method to make atom-flat sensors that seamlessly integrate with devices...
Scientists at the University of Stuttgart and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) succeed in important further development on the way to quantum Computers.
Quantum computers one day should be able to solve certain computing problems much faster than a classical computer. One of the most promising approaches is...
New Project SNAPSTER: Novel luminescent materials by encapsulating phosphorescent metal clusters with organic liquid crystals
Nowadays energy conversion in lighting and optoelectronic devices requires the use of rare earth oxides.
Scientists have discovered the first synthetic material that becomes thicker - at the molecular level - as it is stretched.
Researchers led by Dr Devesh Mistry from the University of Leeds discovered a new non-porous material that has unique and inherent "auxetic" stretching...
10.12.2018 | Event News
06.12.2018 | Event News
03.12.2018 | Event News
11.12.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
11.12.2018 | Materials Sciences
11.12.2018 | Information Technology