Cleaner Energy Solutions: What Can 21st Century Large-Scale Physics Deliver?

Sunday, February 14, 2016: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Hoover (Marriott Wardman Park)
The next few decades are critical in determining whether humanity meets the target of keeping global warming below a 2 degree Celsius change, or whether future generations face even more catastrophic climate change. While the United Nations focuses on a global deal to keep fossil fuels in the ground, a growing number of scientists and industrial researchers are concentrating on using cutting-edge technology to advance alternative ways of delivering reliable sources of energy. No single energy source offers a cure-all, and countries will face different barriers related to their individual economies, geography, infrastructure, and acceptance or rejection of proposed solutions. However, sharing knowledge is critical, as is a global view of the energy problems we face. This symposium brings together leading experts on photovoltaics, solar fuels, energy storage, nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, and nuclear waste containment. By presenting the latest results from research in these areas, speakers will equip the audience with a true understanding of pragmatic, achievable solutions to the global warming challenge. The speakers and moderator will also lead smaller group discussions to map out aspirations for scientists working in advanced energy research and frame an answer to the question: How will future generations evaluate our response to climate change?
Silvana C. Westbury, Diamond Light Source
Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke, Diamond Light Source
Richard Black, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit
Joanne Flanagan, Culham Center for Fusion Energy
Fusion Power: Within Our Grasp?
Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield
Nuclear Power: Digging Deep and Aiming High