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Durham Energy Institute 4th Annual Research Symposium

“Is Renewable Energy Sustainable?”

Friday 28 September 2018, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

The industrial revolution occurred because humanity started to exploit fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) in large quantities. We remain addicted to fossil fuels burning them at the rate of around 20 million times faster than the Earth can accumulate them. The results of fossil fuel use are many fold and include the near doubling of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere and the consequential impact on climate change.

In order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide we must switch our energy sources from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources which convert wind, moving water and solar energy into power, plants to biofuels and capture the sun's heat - all in the name of sustainability; but is renewable energy sustainable?

This symposium will explore the material demands and technology of renewable energy as well as asking how we might use energy more efficiently

This free symposium is open to academics, industry specialists, policy makers, energy planners, funders and energy professionals as well as community groups, students and the general public.

You can view the full programme for the day here

Register for the Symposium here

The afternoon session will include a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, and panel debate sessions on Energy Efficiency and Heat. There will also be a Keynote speech and the results of the photography competition and 3MT Competition.

The photography competition is open to anyone, and prizes of £100, £50 and £25 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Each symposium delegate will receive a voting slip on registration. The 3MT competition is open to all HEI PhD and MSc students. Prizes for the 3MT competition are also £100, £50 and £25.

For more details on the Photography Competition click here

If you are an early-career researchers at Heriot-Watt and are interested in participating in the Three Minute Thesis Competition please contact

Good luck



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