Energy Innovation: Birmingham & Beyond

Energy Innovation: Birmingham & Beyond

Monday, 4 December 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The breadth of energy research at the Birmingham Energy Institute will be explored through a virtual whistle-stop tour. These include

  • 'Doing Cold Smarter' - the Birmingham Policy Commission makes the case for smarter and more efficient cooling and refrigeration as well as a forthcoming policy commission on Critical Materials for Future Energy Technologies.
  • Recycling the rare earth magnets used in wind turbines, efficient electrical vehicles and generators and Lithium ion batteries which are fast becoming ubiquitous in electric vehicles and portable electronic devices.
  • The present policy commission on Regional Energy and Energy Innovation Zones.
  • The 'Tyseley Energy Park', a venture which aims to provide a showcase demonstrator for a range of energy technologies that are being developed at the University. The talk will culminate with a preview of the vision for Tyseley, which will draw together many of the technologies in a novel and innovative industry ecology.
Event Location: 
Australian-German Climate and Energy College
187 Grattan Street Level 1
3053 Carlton , VIC
University of Birmingham

Dr Gavin Harper is the Energy Development Manager at the University of Birmingham and responsible for the business development of the Birmingham Energy Institute under the academic direction of Prof Martin Freer. Gavin has also been seconded to a number of high profile projects in the region. Earlier in 2017, he co-ordinated the launch of 'Energy Capital', the West Midlands smart energy innovation partnership. In 2016 with two colleagues from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham, he supported the CEO Gordon Waddington in the development of the Energy Research Accelerator partnership in the pre-award phase following the departure of the COO. He is also on the board of 'Energy Capital' an initiative that aims to make the West Midlands a key destination for energy investment and innovation.

Web tools and Projects we developed

  • Open-NEM

    The live tracker of the Australian electricity market.

  • Paris Equity Check

    This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • liveMAGICC Climate Model

    Run one of the most popular reduced-complexity climate carbon cycle models online. Used by IPCC, UNEP GAP reports and numerous scientific publications.

  • NDC & INDC Factsheets

    Check out our analysis of all the post-2020 targets that countries announced under the Paris Agreement.