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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

  • 18Mar

    Central to the vision for a net-zero future are the ambitious plans of the UKRI’s Industrial Decarbonisation challenge that will invest in the development of low-carbon technologies to increase the competitiveness of industry and contribute to the UK’s drive for clean growth. It will reduce the carbon footprint of heavy and energy intensive industries in the UK, such as iron and steel, cement, refining and chemicals.

    The £170 million investment by UKRI, matched by £261 million from industry, aims to establish the world’s first net zero industrial clusters by 2040, largely through carbon capture, utilisation and storage and by establishing hydrogen networks.

    Today’s session will bring together the six IDC Cluster Plan projects, each of which is developing a blueprint to achieve net-zero emissions in an industrial cluster. The session will explore their plans and discuss the roadmap ahead. The event is sponsored by UKRI.

    Chair: Bryony Livesey, Challenge Director- ISCF Industrial Decarbonisation, UKRI
    ● Emma Degg, Chief Executive, North West Business Leadership Team
    ● Dr Chris Williams, Head of Industrial Decarbonisation, Wales
    ● Katie Hedges, Head of Low Carbon Strategy, CATCH, Humber
    ● Gareth Fletcher, Technology Manager, Tees Valley Combined Authority
    ● Mike Smith, Chief Executive, NECCUS

  • 18Mar

    Speaker: Dr Sergey Kolesnikov (C-EENRG Fellow, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge)

    Knowledge spillovers are knowledge developed for one purpose finding application for a new purpose or in a new context. We develop a conceptual framework and a method for analyzing knowledge spillovers across technologies as a process, and apply it to crystalline silicon photovoltaics to demonstrate that spillovers played an important role in a subset of important innovations in this technology, and that public R&D funding and renewable deployment policies were the key enablers of these spillovers. We then discuss how technology spillovers can be leveraged to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies needed to achieve zero carbon energy transition.

    The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) is hosting online Seminar series throughout the Lent term of the 2020-2021 academic year. These are informal and friendly talks allowing discussion of on-going work for PhD students, early career researchers and senior academics. Seminars take place every Thursday, 2-3 pm (UK time). The presenter is expected to speak for 30-45 mins to allow substantial time for discussion. Talks focus on issues of climate change, environment and energy. All are welcome!

    The seminars this term take place online in Zoom. Please register your interest using a simple form. If you are registered, each week, on the day of the seminar, you will receive an e-mail with a Zoom link.

  • 22Mar

    Join the Henry Royce Institute for our flagship stakeholder conference to explore Royce’s mission to develop advanced materials for a sustainable society.



    Focusing on cross-cutting activities in ‘Imaging & Characterisation’ and ‘Materials Modelling’ and Royce’s current research landscape with parallel sessions on:

    • Advanced Metals Processing
    • Atoms to Devices
    • Biomedical Materials
    • Chemical Materials Discovery
    • Electrochemical Systems
    • Material Systems for Demanding Environments
    • Nuclear Materials
    • Two-Dimensional Materials



    An outward focus with an exciting line-up of external speakers from government, academia and industry who will outline the UK’s materials research priorities and direction followed by sessions on:

    • Developing a Circular Materials Economy
    • Materials 4.0
    • Sustainable Packaging & Plastics,
    • Degradation in structural materials for net-zero
    • Materials for Fusion
    • Materials for the Hydrogen Economy



    This event is aimed at anyone with an interest in advanced materials research and innovation including:

    • Academia or higher education
    • Industry
    • Government & policymakers
    • Funding bodies

    For queries regarding this event please contact

  • 26Mar

    Learn more about low carbon energy, nuclear reactors, the history of civil nuclear power in the UK and what the future may hold (fusion) by joining the Nuclear Energy Futures PhD students. There will be a mixture of pre-recorded videos, demos and activities, downloadable activities and games for the whole family to enjoy and live 20 - minute talks and quizzes.

    A range of topics will be covered, including:

    -        How nuclear accidents can be prevented

    -        How nuclear reactors work

    -        What is nuclear fission and fusion?

    -        Why nuclear is important for a low carbon future

    -        What is Low Carbon Energy?

    For pre-recorded and downloadable content, please visit the outreach page on


    The Live Events will be held on YouTube at the following times:

    -        “Low Carbon Energy” Friday 10am, Saturday 10am

    -        “How Does A Nuclear Reactor Produce Safe Energy” Friday 2pm, Saturday 2pm

    -        “Is Fusion Viable for the Future?” Friday 6pm, Saturday 6pm


    They will all be uploaded to after the event has taken place.

    Event details available here.

    Part of the Cambridge Festival 2021.

  • 26Mar

    Net zero, at its simplest, means balancing some amount of positive greenhouse gas emissions with negative emissions, or removals.  This could mean that emissions are reduced to nearly zero.  Or it could mean that fossil fuels are "decarbonized" through industrial processes, and a cleaner version of the fossil fuel industry continues into the future, paired with a corresponding industry in sucking up billions of tons of carbon and storing it permanently.  Net Zero is an ambiguous goal: it may be a temporary state on the way towards a fossil-free future, or it may be a permanent condition where fossil fuels continue forever.  Which version of net zero will we choose?  How will we know which net zero future we are heading for?  Is it possible for the fossil fuel industry to be transformed into a carbon removal industry?  This event will offer an overview of possible net zero futures, describe some of the key methods of removing carbon from the atmosphere, and discuss the prospects for an implementation of carbon removal that’s compatible with social and environmental justice. At the same time, it will explore what climate activists should be asking for beyond emission cuts. 

    Cambridge Zero in collaboration with Cambridge Climate Lecture Series brings you this event