February Lecture: Sustainable energy - without the hot air - Prof. David J.C. MacKay FRS (University of Cambridge)
This year's annual series of Institute of Physics lectures runs from November 2013 and continues until March 2014. All of the events are held in the Welcome Rooms of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the talk begins at 19.30. All attendees are invited to arrive early for a sherry / soft drinks reception from 19.00. On-street parking is available free after 18.30 on site.
Sustainable energy - without the hot air - Prof. David J.C. MacKay FRS (University of Cambridge)
Abstract: What do the fundamental limits of physics say about sustainable energy? The British Isles, we often hear, have 'huge' renewable resources - but we need to know how this 'huge' source compares with another 'huge': our huge power consumption. The public discussion of energy policy needs numbers, not adjectives.
The 2050 Calculator is an open-source model of the UK energy system (2050-calculator-tool.decc.gov.uk), founded on the laws of physics and the realities of engineering, which enables the public and policy-makers to explore the range of technically feasible pathways and the trade-offs between different options.