The energy crisis is about more than just fossil fuels versus renewables - it's also about reducing inefficiencies in existing systems.
Across the world, scientists are developing more efficient ways of using the energy we already produce, looking at capturing “lost” energy – so called energy-harvesting (EH).
The Functional Materials team at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are working on two EH technologies - thermoelectrics, which can capture heat, and piezoelectrics, which can capture vibrational energy. NPL's research aims to make various EH technologies more efficient and practical, and to develop the much-needed measurement standards to enable their widespread use.
This talk will introduce EH technologies and discuss applications. It shares its title with the NPL exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2011, so some “mini” versions of the exhibit demos will also be presented.
Talk begins at 7.30pm. Free car parking near the lecture theatre.