This section defines the challenges that exist and identifies the key research and development areas for the chemical sciences that are needed to support development in the energy sector.
Improve the performance of energy conversion and storage technologies, such as batteries, and develop sustainable transport systems.
Ensure safe and efficient harnessing of nuclear energy, through the development of fission and investigation into fusion technologies.
Develop existing technologies into more cost efficient processes and develop the next generation of solar cells to realise the potential of solar energy.
Biopower and biofuels
Develop processes to ensure production is environmentally sustainable, energy efficient and financially viable. (Further information to follow).
Improve the efficiency with which energy is generated, transmitted and used. (Further information to follow).
Ensure more efficient use of fossil fuels while minimising environmental impact during the transition to renewable generation technology. (Further information to follow).
Develop new materials and techniques for safe and efficient generation and storage of hydrogen. (Further information to follow).
Ensure safe and effective storage and disposal of radioactive waste through reduction, separation and re-use. (Further information to follow).
Wind and water
Development of new component materials to minimise costs and maximise benefits. (Further information to follow).
Contact and Further Information
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