In June 2012, China's National Energy board released the renewable energy and energy technology planning elements of its twelfth Five Year Plan. Energy storage is one of the central focuses of planning efforts, with substantial investment in research and more than forty demonstration projects across a range of technologies. This reflects a global trend: between 2011 and 2012, Pike Research forecast over $122bn invested in over 600 energy storage projects worldwide.
The International Transport Forum is an inter-governmental organisation within the OECD. It acts as a think tank for global transport policy issues with the aim of advancing the global transport policy agenda and ensuring that it contributes to sustainable development, prosperity, social inclusion and the protection of human life and well-being.
We recycle paper, glass and plastics so why not carbon ? The economics and performance penalty on the energy intensive industries don’t seem to be very convincing, and public perception of carbon storage is not great. We currently produce far too much carbon to fully utilise, this lecture explores if we can do more than produce fire extinguishers and fizzy drinks with about 10% of the carbon produced.
Presented by Jon Price, Director, of the Centre for Low Carbon Futures
9.00 Arrival, Registration and Coffee
9.45 Opening Address
Lord Haskins, Chair, Humber Local Economic Partnership
10.00 Overview of Climate Projections & Policy Response
David Wells, Business Development Manager, Environment, University of Hull
10.30 Introduction to Energy Efficiency & Renewables Issues
Dr Glyn Hughes, CEO, HCF
The past two centuries have witnessed rapid economic and population growth, powered by ever larger supplies of fossil fuels: first coal, and then oil and natural gas, supplemented by nuclear and hydroelectric power. Great energy transitions accompanied the discovery and use of new, abundant and cheap supplies of fuel that added to, and partially replaced, sources that came before. Today, it is widely recognised that we are on the brink of a new great energy transition – heralded, for instance, by our increasing reliance on low-carbon energy sources such as solar, wind and nuclear power.
One of the biggest challenges of decarbonisation is to develop new energy vectors. This report describes how liquid air is produced, and introduces the new technologies being developed to exploit it as an energy vector.