Welcome to the Energy Materials Group
The recent Energy Materials Conference, held by Materials UK at Loughborough University has highlighted once again the crucial role of materials across current topical themes of high temperature turbines, a new generation of nuclear power stations, wind energy, marine energy, solar energy, CCS, energy saving, hydrogen fuels and bioenergy to name but a few. This is a truly diverse and stimulating application area in Materials Science. The Energy Materials Group (EMG) is at the forefront of these developments and brings together a wide range of interests in the Institute with a common focus on energy.
Its role cuts across divisional activity and provides a broad view on materials supply, synthesis, and materials application to cover a very broad range of energy generation from conventional power plants to micro renewable energy. We welcome input from other Divisions of the Institute and further involvement of members.
An event on Sustainable Materials for Emerging Energy Technology (SMEET) was held on the 28th February 2011, which exemplified the cross cutting nature of EMG with presentations on metals supply through to advanced functional materials for renewable energy, energy storage and energy demand reduction. The presentations from this meeting can be seen on the web page ‘past events’.
A second Workshop in this series was held on the 27th February 2013, which identified key areas for future research in understanding the materials supply pinch points. A report including recommendations will be published later this year. The group (working with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics) organised a successful half-day meeting on ‘Next Generation Nuclear Energy - the UK's Role’ on 4th June 2013. This is an area where there has been little UK research activity recently, but there is an opportunity now to change this situation, and for UK expertise in nuclear science, engineering and technology to have a significant impact. The meeting drew together experts to review the current situation and discuss how the UK could re-engage in this field. A report summarising the key outcomes of the event will be available in due course.
The EMG has forged close links with other organisations such as the Mats UK – Materials for Energy team, Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme and the Advanced Power Generation Task Force (APGTF).
We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in the work of the group.