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Could solar-thermal be the solution for low-carbon heating?

Well-established solar heat technologies could be playing a key role in creating a sustainable future energy system and meeting an increasing global demand for energy, according to our latest briefing paper. “Solar-thermal and hybrid photovoltaic-thermal systems for renewable heating” looks at the continuing potential of this technology and what stands in the way. Dr Alexander Mellor, Research Associate in the Department of Physics and co-author of … Continue reading Could solar-thermal be the solution for low-carbon heating?

Energy Utopia: What stands in the way of smart, clean, affordable, customer-led energy?

Last year, Dr Jeffrey Hardy took a career break from his role as Head of Sustainable Energy Futures at Ofgem and joined the Grantham Institute as a Senior Research Fellow. He has been imagining a future where your relationship with your energy company is different to the present, and why new business models must put customers in the driving seat of the low-carbon transformation. Here he … Continue reading Energy Utopia: What stands in the way of smart, clean, affordable, customer-led energy?

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Into the Ring of Fire: Arctic adventures to predict the impact of climate change

  Dr Michelle Jackson, Research Associate and Ecologist at Imperial College London, is working on ‘Ring of Fire’, a four-year, NERC-funded research project that investigates the impact of rising temperatures on freshwater ecosystems. Here, she discusses the challenges of fieldwork in the Arctic and the results that make it all worthwhile. Our planet is warming at an unprecedented rate. Year on year, temperature records around … Continue reading Into the Ring of Fire: Arctic adventures to predict the impact of climate change

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Researchers need to reach out to other disciplines to face up to the challenges of climate change

Healthy People, Healthy Planet is a challenge team formed by students from the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership.  Team members, Hiral Shah, Rebecca Thomas, Jonathan Bosch, Branwen Snelling and Rowan Schley, discuss why climate change and global health go hand in hand.  “Tackling climate change could be the biggest global health opportunity of the twenty first century.” This message, … Continue reading Researchers need to reach out to other disciplines to face up to the challenges of climate change

Earth’s love-hate relationship with carbon dioxide

At last month’s international Pint of Science Festival, the Grantham Institute co-sponsored three events themed around Planet Earth. SSCP DTP student Rachel Bertram, who organised several of the talks, summarises some of the discussions about carbon dioxide, the most well-known greenhouse gas. Over a few nights each May, Pint of Science brings scientists out of their universities and research environments to the local pub where they … Continue reading Earth’s love-hate relationship with carbon dioxide

Don’t score an own goal on energy policy: Fatih Birol presents the World Energy Outlook at Imperial

The International Energy Agency’s most important report is a warning that words are not enough, and now is the time for every country to play their best game, according to Jonathan Bosch, an Imperial PhD student on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership. The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, made the first UK public presentation of … Continue reading Don’t score an own goal on energy policy: Fatih Birol presents the World Energy Outlook at Imperial

The similarities between our energy outlook and BP’s will surprise you

New analysis foreshadows a dwindling demand for fossil fuels, but what will the oil companies make of the future? Grantham Institute Director of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert, looked into her crystal ball to find out. Continue reading The similarities between our energy outlook and BP’s will surprise you

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Five ways to reinvent energy

On 25 November the Grantham Institute’s Moritz Köhme and Dr Jeff Hardy attended the Reinventing Energy Summit hosted by New Scientist and RE•WORK. Jeff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and was one of the presenters at the event, speaking about ‘Sustainable energy transformations: Where are we at and where are we going?’. In this blog, Jeff and Moritz share five interesting messages … Continue reading Five ways to reinvent energy

How can we generate a hundred per cent renewable electricity?

Charlie Cook, a student on the first cohort of Imperial’s new MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance, checks on the roadmap leading to a world with electricity generated from a hundred per cent renewable sources. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there; Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat points out to Alice. The Paris Agreement has set our sights on a … Continue reading How can we generate a hundred per cent renewable electricity?

We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act

A comprehensive report released yesterday outlines a critical role for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Iain Macdonald, Head of Imperial’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (IC4S), explains why this technology is vital – and why there’s still time for the UK to lead the world on CCS. Our government has been dragging its feet on carbon capture … Continue reading We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act