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Professor John Irvine FRSE
University of St Andrews
Global warming and the finite nature of fossil fuels conspire to present one of the greatest threats to humankind in the 21st century. If we are to maintain our technological society and leave a planet fit for our grandchildren we must develop fundamentally different ways of generating and storing electrical energy. Meeting this challenge will require innovative new approaches to the generation and storage of electrical energy and careful nurturing of the translation of this research to Industrial Development.
Electrochemical conversion and storage of energy are absolutely central to the development of the clean energy economy. Such technologies offer more efficient utilisation of available energy resources. A critical challenge for Energy Materials research is to facilitate new systems that can accept and utilise large amounts of intermittent electricity from renewables, eg through storage and conversion into chemicals and fuels
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