Public Lecture: Sustainable Energy across Scales
Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj, University of Southampton
In this lecture, Professor Bahaj will address sustainable energy technologies and will give a discourse of their status, applicability and policy implications, covering solar, wind, and marine energy.
Over the last two decades, sustainable energy technologies have become a critical part and a major contributor to the global energy supply mix, especially in the electricity sector. This is driven by our desire to use sustainable resources to reduce pollution emanating from the current use of fossil fuels, increasing resource security through local generation, and the creation of new industries and jobs. Although these technologies are in some cases still driven by what is termed as support mechanisms or subsidies, the sustainable or renewable energy industry is maturing, with huge investments being ploughed into it globally.
Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was around US$286 billion in 2015, nearly 19% higher than the previous year. A large proportion of the funds have targeted solar and wind power, and for the overall investment exceeded that for traditional fossil fuels. Renewable energy is now a major industry sector that is likely to grow further, displacing and augmenting traditional electricity generation facilities as we progress in this century.
Professor AbuBakr Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at www.energy.soton.ac.uk. These include Cities and Infrastructure, Data and Modelling, Energy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Energy for Development, Environmental Impacts, Microgeneration Technologies and Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics and Marine Energy).
Professor Bahaj founded the International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME) of which he is the Editor-in-Chief. In 2012, Prof Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council — believed to be the first such appointment in the UK. In 2014, the UK’s Science Council named him as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.
This lecture is hosted by the Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University
Location: Swansea University Bay Campus, ESRI Auditorium 001 (building 9.4 on this map)
17.00: Free drinks reception