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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

  • 21Oct

    Speaker: Timothy Lanfear (NVIDIA)

    The CEO and founder of NVIDIA , Jensen Huang, described the artificial intelligence revolution as “a once in a lifetime opportunity” to show leadership in the field. The architecture of a graphics processing unit is uniquely well-suited to performing the computational tasks used for running AI models. Several years of intense engineering development have resulted in a complete hardware and software platform for AI research, development, and large-scale deployment. We will look at NVIDIA ’s strategy to address the most difficult computing challenges, and the solutions we have developed.

    The Cambridge-1 AI supercomputer is a concrete example of the capability. This system, which will be available for U.K. healthcare researchers to work on pressing problems, is located at Kao Data, a data centre using 100 percent renewable energy. Cambridge-1 would rank among the world’s top three most energy-efficient supercomputers.

    Timothy Lanfear manages NVIDIA ’s European solution architecture and engineering team. He has twenty-five years’ experience in HPC , starting as a computational scientist in British Aerospace’s corporate research centre, and then moving to technical pre-sales roles with Hitachi, ClearSpeed, and most recently NVIDIA . He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD for research in the field of graph theory, both from Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

    This talk is part of the IET series.

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  • 16Nov
    The net zero series sheds light on the work already undertaken by UKRI’s flagship programme -the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    About this event

    We live in a time of unprecedented change. The way we live our lives and do business is impacting the planet and driving environmental change on a scale unique in the Earth’s history. We are consuming our natural resources at unprecedented levels whilst polluting our environment, affecting our air, soils, water and biodiversity. This is increasing the challenges linked to extreme weather and a changing climate which can have devastating impacts on the environment and human life and hinder economic growth. To meet these challenges, and recognising our leadership potential, in 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

    The net zero series sheds light on the work already undertaken by UKRI’s flagship programme -the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to address the key challenges that will help the UK build back greener. It will bring together world-renowned researchers and innovators across the breadth of our funding disciplines to discuss the need for innovative solutions to heat our homes, travel to work, develop and transform our industries, cater to our diet, enjoy our leisure time, and prosper from a cleaner, healthier environment in parallel with growing our economy.

    We will run a monthly webinar from April to November featuring ISCF challenges, UKRI councils and project leads, as well as renowned external experts from academia, industry and technology fields.

    In September we will be discussing Sustainable Energy: To succeed in limiting global warming, the UK urgently needs to use energy efficiently while embracing clean energy sources to make things move, heat up and cool down. How can we deliver cheaper, clean energy systems across the world? In what ways will energy, tech and auto firms converge and how will this impact the evolution of smart grids? What will be the business models that will succeed in 21st century energy markets?

  • 17Nov

    We invite any UK-based academic, anybody working in industry, government or policy in the UK battery space, and selected overseas industry and academic partners to SAVE THE DATE for this year’s Faraday Institution Conference: 17-18 November 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is Battery Research & Innovation for a Sustainable Future.

    Over 900 members of the UK’s battery research and innovation community joined us for our successful 2020 annual conference. Read their comments about the event here.

    The conference programme will be announced shortly:

    • Benefit from the insights provided by our keynote speakers: Nobel Prize winner Stan Whittingham, and Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Member of the Committee for Climate Change, Chair of the Carbon Trust and the Henry Royce Institute.
    • Hear from CEO Pam Thomas as she outlines her vision of the place the Faraday Institution has in building the UK’s position in the global race to an electrified economy.
    • Pose questions on Faraday Institution project progress and impact to our Principal Investigators.
    • Pick from four cross-cut theme sessionsDiscovery and design towards high performance low cost batteries, Towards sustainable batteries, Safety and performance from sensing, prediction and characterisation and Data – challenges and opportunities, as we take a deep dive into some of the best research from around our projects and beyond.
    • Explore the networking opportunities to extend the breadth and value of collaboration in the sector across the UK.
    • Join in discussion sessions around scientific posters.

    The main conference on the 17-18th November will sit alongside an early career researcher day on the 16th November, which is a closed-door event for Faraday Institution researchers.

    We look forward to you joining us at our event. Registrations will open in September 2021.

  • 02Dec

    Speaker: Dr Prafull Sharma, Chief Technology Officer for CorrosionRADAR Ltd

    This talk is about the journey of an invention from an academic environment to become a product which is being adopted by the largest energy companies on the planet. Corrosion has a big impact in many sectors and it’s estimated that it costs about 3% of the world’s GDP every year. Manufacturing industries such as power, chemicals and oil & gas spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year to control and mitigate this issue.

    CorrosionRADAR was born to address this issue through sensing and predictive analytics and is on the path to make a global impact on pipeline corrosion through its technology. In this talk, entrepreneurial experiences in academia through to product launch will be shared within the context of looking at industrial corrosion sensing and predictive analytics.

    Dr Prafull Sharma is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for CorrosionRADAR Ltd, which is pioneering innovative corrosion monitoring technologies using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He invented Electro-Magnetic Guided Radar (EMGR) for corrosion monitoring which is gaining global traction addressing a big issue for the industry. Prior to his current role, Prafull worked for General Electric R&D where he developed several sensing and automation technologies. Prafull obtained his PhD from Cranfield University UK. He has over fifteen years experience in industrial automation and sensing technology development particularly for the Energy, Aviation and Chemical industry. He is also credited with over fifteen international patents and innovations.

    This talk is part of the IET series.

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