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The Clean Energy Revolution
13th May 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
With climate change threatening to spiral out of control, the time has come to accelerate our transition from oil, coal and gas to alternative energy sources.
Our burning of fossil fuels dates back millennia, but our reliance on them in the past two centuries has increased dramatically.
Solar, wind, tidal, geothermal energy as well as advances in energy storage offer greener alternatives. That’s before we even get to nuclear fusion, long considered the Holy Grail of energy solutions – a clean and virtually limitless supply of energy that could in principle provide all our power with almost no carbon emissions – and large scale fusion projects worldwide appear tantalisingly close to achieving it. Although some claim that fusion is thirty years away and always will be.
How can governments, businesses, scientists, and citizens work together to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy? This virtual panel discussion aims to find out.
• Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith FRS: Emeritus Professor of Physics, Oxford University, former Director-General of CERN and Chair of ITER
• The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP: Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
• William Kamkwamba: Malawian inventor, co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and founder of the Moving Windmills Project.
• Professor Jim Al-Khalili FRS (Chair): Theoretical physicist, author, broadcaster and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific.
• Liberata Mulamula: A Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University, member of the UN Secretary General Advisory Group on Peacebuilding Fund, former Tanzanian Ambassador to the USA and Mexico and a Director of Solar Sister, who invest in women’s clean energy businesses in off-grid communities in Africa.
Further speakers to be announced.
This online event is part of the Science Museum Group’s series of Climate Talks. The event is free but booking is essential.