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Reforming the Chinese Electricity System: A Review of the Market Reform Pilot in Guangdong

When Feb 20, 2018
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Keynes Room, 4th Floor of Faculty of Economics on Sidgwick Site
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Speaker: Professor Michael Pollitt (EPRG, University of Cambridge)

 

EPRG Seminar series

Recent Changes of Korean Government's Strategy on back-end fuel cycle and the changing course of a University Laboratory

When Feb 22, 2018
from 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Where LT6, Department of Engineering
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Speaker: Sangjoon Ahn, Assistant Professor, Dept of Nuclear Engineering, UNIST

Recently, every planned construction of NPPs in Korea has been officially canceled and so has the development of the Prototype SFR and its annexed proliferation-resistant fuel recycling technology, pyroprocessing, by newly-elected Korean president who stubbornly pursues anti-nuclear policy agendas. Instead of “gone-with-the-wind-and-solar” closed-fuel cycle researches, now we are glimpsing “alternative” research topics during this incoming “nuclear winter”, which are the center piece of this talk. Selected ongoing research projects in Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) to be introduced are: 1) Degradation Mechanism Modeling of Neutron Absorber in Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Pool; 2) Development of Alternative UO2 Stoichiometry Measurement Methodology for Nuclear Material Accounting (NMA); 3) Physics-based 3D-FEM Fuel Performance Code Development for Utility, sponsored by the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP); and 4) High Burnup Irradiation Resistance of Advanced Ferritic/Martensitic (F/M) Steel Claddings in Gen-IV Nuclear Reactors.

 

Part of the Engineering Department Nuclear Energy Seminars series.

 

 

 

The statistical model of nuclear fission: from Bohr-Wheeler to heavy-ion fusion-fission reactions

When Feb 23, 2018
from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where James Dyson Teaching Room, Department of Engineering
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Abstract: The first theory of the rate and temperature dependence of nuclear fission reactions was put forward as early as 1939 by Niels Bohr and John A. Wheeler. Their theory uses a transition-state argument, well known especially to physical chemists, that was already being used to rationalise the temperature dependence of the rates of chemical reactions since the 1930's. Their model however relies on equilibrium statistical mechanics, and neglects two important, if not essential, aspects of fission. The first aspect is the nonequilibrum decay process of the parent nucleus which can be described as the decay of a thermodynamically metastable state. The second aspect is the effect of "viscous" dissipation in the deformation of the unstable nucleus which is especially important for large nuclei. These problems were addressed by Kramers in a remarkable 1940 paper where he derived expressions for generic decays of metastable states in the presence of dissipation. This line of research to include dissipation in the description of nuclear fission has been intensively pursued in the last decades. After briefly outlining the fundamentals of theoretical modelling of nuclear fission of heavy nuclei from the point of view of statistical models, I will discuss some recent developments in the regime of high-excitation energy, which is encountered for example in heavy-ion induced fusion-fission reactions. In this regime, the exp(U/T) Kramers-Arrhenius dependence of fission time on nuclear temperature is shown to break down dramatically. A recent model [Eccles, Roy, Gray, Zaccone, Phys. Rev. C 96, 054611 (2017)] solves this problem and leads to the correct temperature dependence also in the high energy regime. An application to the example of heavy-ion induced fusion-fission of Thorium will be presented.

 

Short bio - Dr Alessio Zaccone (PhD ETH Zurich, 2010) is a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and the Head of the Statistical Physics Group, since 2015. Previously he has been a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University Munich, Germany. He is also the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Physics at Queens' College.

 

OPENING EVENT: The Henry Royce Institute at the University of Cambridge: Materials for Energy-Efficient ICT

When Feb 26, 2018
from 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Where Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge
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The official opening event for the Henry Royce Institute Facilities at the University of Cambridge will be held on Monday 26 February 2018. The event will feature the unveiling of the official plaque by Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, and a series of fascinating talks from senior academic investigators, highlighting the new science that will be enabled by the Cambridge Royce facilities.

 

Two laboratory tours will leave from the Maxwell Centre reception at 2pm:

(1) electron beam lithography and electrical characterisation facilities in Electrical Engineering

(2) cluster tool, X-ray CT, MPMS,

 

In 2016 the EPSRC awarded £10 million to the University of Cambridge for state-of-the-art research equipment for exploring the theme of Materials for Energy-Efficient ICT. The Cambridge Royce equipment suites are now almost fully installed at the Maxwell Centre, and also within nearby laboratory suites in West Cambridge.

 

The Cambridge Royce operates as a national facility and all equipment is available for use by all UK research institutions and UK industry. The majority of equipment suites are now available for booking.

 

The Cambridge Royce equipment comprises advanced wafer-scale research facilities including a range of chemical synthesis suites, UHV and ambient thin film deposition, nanofabrication tools, in situ characterisation, packaging and electrical testing facilities.

 

Registration for the opening event is free at the Eventbrite link below.

For more information about Royce equipment specifications and information on how to book equipment, please contact Lata Sahonta, Programme Manager for the Cambridge Royce facilities (royce@maxwell.cam.ac.uk).

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Around the world in 605 State energy agreements

When Mar 01, 2018
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Room 2.49 at the David Attenborough Building
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Speaker: Dr Tibisay Morgandi, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) is hosting a weekly seminar series throughout the 2017-18 academic year. These are informal and friendly talks allowing discussion of on-going work for early career and senior researchers. Seminars take place every Thursday, 2-3pm, in room 2.49 at the David Attenborough Building. Convenors: Dr Tibisay Morgandi, Victoria Plutshack and Dr Pablo Salas.

 

This talk is a part of the CEENRG Thursday Seminars.

 

 

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Power to the People – Creating Markets for Supply Security Based on Consumer Choice

When Mar 06, 2018
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Keynes Room, 4th Floor of Faculty of Economics on Sidgwick Site
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Speaker: Christian Winzer, Swissgrid

 

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Shell Springboard Enterprise Development Awards 2018

When Mar 12, 2018
from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge
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Host: John MacArthur, VP Shell Integrated Gas Technology

Each year, the Shell Springboard programme recognises and supports the most inspiring UK companies innovating for a lower carbon future. On 12 March, three companies will be awarded £40k and will proceed to the Shell Springboard national final in London for an opportunity to secure an additional £110k of equity-free funding. Join Shell, the finalists and winners for a chance to meet the UK’s leading entrepreneurs working at the cutting edge of the low-carbon economy and to network with the key players in the low-carbon sector. 

Since 2005, Shell Springboard has provided £4M equity-free funding to almost 100 innovative low-carbon enterprises in the UK. 

To learn more about the inspiring alumni, visit www.shellspringboard.org

Timings
18:00 – 19:00 Networking and meet the finalists
19:00 – 20:00 Ceremony
20:00 – 21:00 Networking

 

 

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Fukushima and the law

When Mar 13, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
Contact Name Shafiq Ahmed
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Speaker: Julius Weizdorfer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

 

The In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy seminars takes place every fortnight during term. There will be a sandwich lunch from 12pm with the seminar starting at 12.30pm in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building before the seminar begins. 

If you are unable to attend the talk feel free to drop by for the lunch and meet the speaker. You can also send in your comments and questions to be posed to the speaker in advance. The event is open to all, no registration is required.

The speaker will present for around 30 minutes, followed by the respondent and then a Q&A session with the audience members.

The seminar is part of the In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Research Group which focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history.

Click here for the full past Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.

 

Energy Demand Research Challenges Meeting

When Mar 13, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where Woburn House Conference Centre Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HQ
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This workshop follows on from a discussion on research challenges that took place last September as part of the consultation on the future of whole systems, energy demand research in the UK. The aim of the workshop will be to formulate some overarching research questions for key challenges that could be funded either within a new, whole systems research programme and/or separately by the Research Councils.

The workshop will take place from 10.30am – 3pm on Tuesday 13th March at the Woburn House Conference Centre in London, just a short walk from Euston and Kings Cross stations. Coffee will be served from 10am

We are expecting this event to be oversubscribed and so as part of the booking system you will also be asked to let us know why you should attend the event. We will assess all requests and allocate places to ensure a good mix of interests and organisations. All places will be confirmed by 1st March: we are particularly keen to encourage representatives from research users to attend.

If you require any further information or have any questions about the event, please contact our event organiser, Rachael Mills, at rachael.mills@se-2.co.uk or on 07747 801812

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Nuclear 2050?

When Mar 17, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, CB2 1PZ
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Where will we get our energy from in 2050? Explore the future of nuclear energy with PhD researchers from Cambridge, Imperial College London and the Open University. Imagine a world where low-carbon, reliable energy is readily available and discover the exciting new technologies driving innovation in the nuclear power industry.

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

 

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Metamaterials and the Science of Invisibility

When Mar 19, 2018
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
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Speaker: Prof. Sir John Pendry, Imperial College London

Recently created Metamaterials are proving to be a disruptive technology where their ability to control the trajectory of light promises improved telecommunications, solar energy harvesting, stealth, biological imaging and sensing, and medical diagnostics.

In the last decade a new area of research has emerged as a result of our ability to produce materials with entirely novel electromagnetic properties. Known as metamaterials because they take us beyond the properties of conventional materials, they display remarkable effects not found in nature, such as negative refraction.

Professor Sir John Pendry, a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London, pioneered the field of metamaterials. In 2005 he was awarded the  EU  Descartes prize for “extending electromagnetism through novel artificial materials”. Then in 2006 he was awarded the Royal Medal by the Royal Society for his “seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and localisation, and metamaterials and the concept of the perfect lens”. This year he has been awarded a  UNESCO -Niels Bohr gold medal, for his “ground-breaking contributions to metamaterials”.

Part of the Engineering Department Nuclear Energy Seminars series.

 

 

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Pocket power plant

When Mar 24, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths’ Lecture Theatre 1, 27 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0FS
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There is presently a growing demand for electronic devices that are wireless, portable, wearable and/or implantable. Harvesting energy from ambient sources, such as vibrations and waste heat, offers a clean and competitive energy solution that goes beyond traditional power sources such as batteries that require constant replacing/recharging, and that do not scale easily with size.
Energy harvesting technologies are thus vital to the development of future self-powered devices, such as ubiquitous wireless sensors. Our work involves developing highly efficient nanomaterials, often based on polymers, for energy harvesting using cost-effective and scalable routes, and incorporating these into devices that can convert motion and heat into electricity.

 

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

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CAM-IES/AIP Horizons Conference on Interfaces in Energy Materials

When Apr 10, 2018
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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The CAM-IES/AIP Conference on Interfaces in Energy Materials will held at Trinity College Cambridge on 10-12 April 2018. The registration portal for the Conference is through the AIP web site https://horizons.aip.org/energymaterials/

 

CAM-IES is also running an Industry Workshop which is to be held on 12 April 2018, on the final afternoon of the conference. It can be attended independently of the conference and is free to attend. The subject of the workshop is: "Energy Harvesting and Wireless Sensors for the Internet of Things" (a summary of the event is on the registration page and attached programme)

 

Registration for the workshop is free at Eventbrite:

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cam-ies-industry-workshop-on-energy-harvesting-tickets-40779069294

Interfaces in energy materials conference

When Apr 11, 2018 09:00 AM to
Apr 12, 2018 05:00 PM
Where Trinity College, University of Cambridge
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Interfaces are critical to achieving next generation energy systems with high performance and stability. However, little is known about the potential challenges associated with interface pheonomena in these systems. This conference will bring together leaders in the fields of thermoelectrics, solid-state batteries, solid-oxide fuel cells, and interface electronics to discuss the latest discoveries that have been made in their respective communities regarding the interface. The aim is that collaborative discussions among these groups will direct the future of interfaces in energy materials. 

The Poster Abstract Call is now open (deadline 15 December 2017): https://horizons.aip.org/energymaterials/abstracts/

The conference programme will be available in due course.

 

  

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Measurement systems and instrumentation in the oil and gas industry

When May 17, 2018
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Lecture Room 0, Department of Engineering
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Speaker: Dr Wes Maru, R&D Manager, OGM Ltd

 

Dr. Wes Maru, R & D Manager, of OGM Ltd., based in Ely, will talk about measurement systems and instrumentation in the oil and gas industry and in particular on the flow measurement instrumentations that are installed, including those widely employed in Custody Transfer Applications. Ultrasonic and Turbine Flow Metering devices as well as Mixing and Sampling Systems that are characterised via Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Electrical Capacity Tomography (ECT), will be presented as well as the techniques for how flows are predicted using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

 

 

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Energy materials for a low carbon future

When Sep 17, 2018 09:00 AM to
Sep 18, 2018 05:00 PM
Where The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
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Discussion meeting

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Saiful Islam, Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Professor Richard Catlow FRS, Professor Jenny Nelson FRS

The provision of clean sustainable energy is one of the greatest challenges of our time. New low carbon technologies for energy conversion and storage require fundamental advances in the science of energy materials. This meeting will bring together world-renowned experts in the field including batteries, solar power and fuel cells, and will set the agenda for future energy materials research.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies are below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

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