With the energy demand soaring by the day and conventional resources causing damage to the environment, we are in dire need of an Energy Revolution! Recent technological developments have improved the cost-effectiveness of many renewable energy sources. While oil and natural gas will still be important sources of global power generation in the near future, the prospect of producing clean, sustainable power in substantial quantities from these 'renewables' is progressively becoming a reality.
Join us for an evening of stimulating talks and discussion on "Innovative energy models for a sustainable future".
Professor Sir Richard Friend will set the stage for renewable energies with his cutting-edge research on energy materials, solar cells and state-of-the-art display technologies. To truly understand the energy industry and the future for renewable energy sources, representatives from giant oil and gas companies including BP will present their viewpoints on the matter. The session will conclude with a panel discussion to address burning questions surrounding the energy revolution and the standpoints of key leaders in the sector. The evening will end with a networking session.
Talk and Panel discussion
Richard Friend holds the Cavendish Professorship of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He is Director of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability and of the Maxwell Centre.
His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers. His research group was first to demonstrate using polymers efficient operation of field-effect transistors and light-emitting diodes. These advances revealed that the semiconductor properties of this broad class of materials are unexpectedly clean, so that semiconductor devices can both reveal their novel semiconductor physics, including their operation in efficient photovoltaic diodes, optically-pumped lasing, directly-printed polymer transistor circuits and light-emitting transistors.
Richard works as Head of Refining Analysis in BP’s Economics team, based at the company’s headquarters in London. He provides short and long-term oil and refining market analysis to the BP Group and he is also the programme manager for the company’s Statistical Review of World Energy. He has 19 years of experience at BP having previously worked as a refinery engineer and trading analyst. Before this, he studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Wednesday, March 21st 2018
18:00 – 21:00 (GMT)
Department of Chemistry