Watt plan for energy?

Publication date:
March 2023

The continuing energy crisis, in the midst of an ongoing fight against climate change and movement towards renewable power, has brought the importance of energy systems into sharp relief. As scientists and the public grapple with how to transform our dependent relationship with energy, many complex and competing factors must be navigated, from public opinion and social wellbeing to economic development and net zero commitments.

In this edition of environmental SCIENTIST, the IES brings together key voices from multiple academic and professional fields to examine both the progress made and the challenges yet to overcome.

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  1. Public perceptions of energy technologies: how do they influence energy policy? – Catherine Butler & Christina Demski
  2. The role of hydrogen in decarbonising the energy sector – Richard Heap
  3. Wood pellets for industrial bioenergy – Rachel Smolker
  4. Star power: the potential of fusion energy – Mark Shannon
  5. How to improve the efficiency of energy storage systems – Pasidu Pallawela
  6. Winter 2023-24: the real litmus test for energy security – Layla Sawyer
  7. The value of understanding the weather in a changing energy sector – Emily Wallace
  8. Creating local energy in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Caitlin Mackesy Davies
  9. Information communication technologies: infinite growth without environmental impact? – Adrian Friday
  10. Hydropower: the good, the bad and the ugly – Mark Everard
  11. The transition to net zero needs to focus on reducing energy demand – Ian Byrne
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