Published 11 October 2022

The transition to net-zero carbon emissions is a massive global effort, requiring significant and ongoing investment and buildout in new technologies, processes and products. Large quantities of raw materials will be needed to build low-carbon generation, transportation and end-use technologies.

This webinar, based on a recent Imperial College/UKERC Briefing Paper, considered the current availability and development of materials for the energy sector. Using four illustrative case studies, it first assessed the issues relating to the availability and production chain of materials which are critical to the production of low-carbon energy technologies. Utilising a technology-based approach, it then investigated the state of development of novel materials in the sector and presented policy recommendations to improve the R&D chain, accelerate the development of novel materials and efficient utilisation.

Speakers: Dr Aidan Rhodes, Dr Phil Heptonstall and Dr Jamie Speirs, Research Fellows at Imperial College London.