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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

  • 25Jan

    Speaker: Professor Nigel Brandon (Imperial College London)

    Prof Nigel Brandon OBE FREng is Dean of Engineering and Chair of Sustainable Development in Energy at Imperial College London. His research is focused on electrochemical devices for low carbon energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries.

    He is Director of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN Hub, and Chair of Imperial's Sustainable Gas Institute. He is a founder of Ceres Power, an AIM listed fuel cell company spun out from Imperial College in 2000, a founder and Director of RFC Power, a flow battery company spun out from Imperial College in 2018, and a Partner in Galvanic Energy, which offers specialist Consultancy services in the electrochemical technology space (

    This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

  • 26Jan

    Speaker: Tony Roulstone (Cambridge University)

    After reading Engineering at King’s College Cambridge, he joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority to work on fast reactor systems. He was involved at Rolls-Royce for ten years in the design of the PWR-2 reactor systems in the Vanguard class submarines, and later as Engineering Director was responsible for the engineering teams for all UK nuclear submarines. He has had senior roles in the Aerospace section of Rolls-Royce and has consulted for blue-chip engineering and IT service companies.

    Tony is a Lecturer in Nuclear Energy. He returned to Cambridge in 2010 as the first Course Director for the MPhil in Nuclear Energy. He is Fellow of IMechE and a Member of the IET.

    Part of the EPRG Energy & Environment Seminar Programme

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  • 27Jan

    Speaker:Professor Philip Steadman, Bartlett School of Energy, Environment and Resources, University College London

    Philip Steadman works primarily on the use of energy in buildings with special emphasis on the non-domestic stock, and has led three recent EPSRC-funded projects on this subject: Building and Energy Data Frameworks, New Empirically-Based Models of Energy Use in the Building Stock, and High-Rise Buildings, Energy and Density. This work has continued in the UCL Energy Institute's Centre for Energy Epidemiology and Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions.

    In 2019 he developed with colleagues the London Building Stock Model, a digital model of all buildings in the metropolis and their use of energy, for the Greater London Authority. In the past he has worked on the relationship of energy use to patterns of land uses and transport networks in cities. He was a partner in the PROPOLIS project funded by the EC, whose purpose was to compare European cities in terms of their sustainability.

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    This seminar is a part of the The Martin Centre Research Seminar Series.

  • 27Jan

    Speakers: Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng (Arup), and Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng (Imperial College London)

    The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a new online series of topical fireside chats on current issues for the global professional engineering community. The series will bring together the thoughts of leading experts from across the Academy's networks including Fellows, awardees and engineering partners.

    In this critical conversation, Academy CEO, Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, discusses decision-making for net zero in the face of uncertainty with special guests Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng, Board member of Arup, and Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Dervilla and Nilay are also Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the National Engineering Policy Centre’s net zero project.

    They will discuss the top priorities in working towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050, from upgrading infrastructure to meet more ambitious environmental standards to decarbonising construction. The conversation will focus particularly on how to transform the whole system fast enough to meet the target so that it also paves the way for other interventions in future.

    They will highlight the role of engineers and the need for a holistic approach that enables the whole ‘system’ of policies, technologies and sectors to work together, alongside societal and behavioural change, to ensure a just transition to net zero. 

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  • 02Feb

    Speaker: Zeina Hasna (EPRG, Cambridge University)

    Zeina Hasna is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Economics. Zeina’s research interests span topics on environment economics, macroeconomic development, inequality and growth. Zeina’s current research focuses on the economic effects of climate change, and climate change mitigation. Prior to the PhD, Zeina obtained an MPhil in Economic Research at University of Cambridge and a dual undergraduate degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

    Part of the EPRG Energy & Environment Seminar Programme

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