We have all heard of batteries, we have all used them and as we progress away from fossil fuels, batteries are becoming more and more important to our everyday lives in the modern world. In particular Lithium-Ion, found in our …
It was in late 2016 when, following a knock on my office door, a small team walked in and introduced me to a new project. This was the start of what would later become HyNet North West.
As I reflect on a very enjoyable and productive 12 years with Innovate UK, which came after a 38-year engineering career making aircraft and cars better, safer and more economical, I have to ask myself this awkward question, “How can it be that I’ve only just woken up in the last few years to the harsh realities of climate change?”
As the plans for the National Infrastructure Bank are announced, Mareike Schmidt asks what do we need to do to encourage the growth of smarter, cleaner local energy systems across the UK?
There is a real need to protect the environment and improve the way we, as individuals and communities, respond to the ever-growing strain the environment is under. Through community initiatives, there are options for those who have previously not had the opportunity to get involved to be part of something life-changing.
Imagine a future where our children are learning in schools that are optimised to maximise their health and ability to concentrate. Where patients in our hospitals get to recover faster because their surroundings boost their mental health. Where hospital layouts are optimised to make routine work efficient so doctors and nurses have more time with patients. Where those buildings are net-zero carbon, have been built faster and are easier to upgrade.
As it is announced that the 47th G7 Summit is to be held in the beautiful Carbis Bay, Cornwall, this serves as a reminder, amongst uncertain fiscal times, that the United Kingdom is indeed a centre of global economic excellence.
Now, more than ever is a time to celebrate the innovation that originates from the UK.
Director of UKRI’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ challenge fund explores opportunities around smart local energy systems for net zero carbon. Read on...
There’s been a lot of news throughout the pandemic around the unexpected environmental upsides. Reduced air travel, minimal driving, and a downshift in manufacturing activity are all stimulating emissions reductions, improved air quality, reduced light pollution.
Born the son of a coal miner in South Yorkshire in the '60s, I grew up in a region then dominated by deep mining and heavy industry.
I sometimes comment that I was the “son of a Panda” but of course that was the coal dust around my father’s eyes.