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Fuelling a sustainable future: Imperial College London to launch major energy initiative

Imperial College London media invitation
25 October 2005

Meeting the world's demand for energy without contributing to climate change is the issue at the heart of a new initiative to be launched on Wednesday 2 November, bringing together experts from science, engineering, policy and economics with key figures in industry and government.

The Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London aims to play a major role in setting the energy agenda over the next 20 years. It will make use of Imperial's wealth of knowledge in developing technologies such as carbon capture, fossil fuel engineering, renewable energy resources and fuel cells, coupled with the College's proven track record in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Imperials Energy Futures Lab aims to play a major role in setting the energy agenda over the next 20 years

At the launch event Imperial will announce new initiatives including an important collaboration with BP and a project investigating future options for nuclear power. The College has over £20m per annum in external funding for energy related research and more than 200 research projects in this area, involving around 250 staff and their research teams.

Imperial has recently made a significant investment in world-class staff to support its commitment to energy research, and four new Professors will be speaking about their work at the launch event.

Journalists are invited to attend the launch at 14.00 on Wednesday 2 November 2005 in Lecture Theatre 220, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London SW7 2AZ. A full programme is given below.

To attend, please contact Pamela Michael, either by email on, marking your message 'Media' in the subject line, or by telephone on (0)207 594 5496.


Energy Futures Lab launch

14.00 14.05 Opening remarks by Lord Oxburgh, former Chairman of Shell, former Chair of the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee and former Rector of Imperial College

14.05 14.15 Professor Julia King, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering "The Energy Futures Lab"

14.15 15.00 Discussion session chaired by Lord Oxburgh "Urban Energy Systems: Challenges and Opportunities"
- Mr Duncan Eggar, Senior Business Advisor, Sustainable Mobility, BP
- Professor David J Fisk, BP/RAEng Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development
- Dr Peter Pearson, Director, Centre for Environmental Policy
- Professor Nilay Shah, Professor of Process Systems Engineering Development

15.00 15.45 Energy Futures Presentations
- Professor Geoffrey Maitland, Professor of Energy Engineering "Hydrocarbons - The Way Ahead"
- Professor Goran Strbac, Professor of Power Engineering "Distribution, Generation and Future Energy Networks"

15.45 16.15 Break for tea

16.15 17.00 Energy Futures Presentations
- Professor William E Lee, Professor of Materials "Nuclear Power and Waste"
- Professor David Klug, Professor of Chemistry "Bioenergy"

17.00 17.15 Professor Sandro Macchietto, Professor of Process Systems Engineering and Professor Nigel Brandon, Shell Professor of Sustainable Development in Energy and Executive Director of the Energy Futures Lab "The Energy Futures Lab: The Way Ahead"

17.15 to 18.30 Drinks Reception

Posters: Imperial College energy research.


For further information please contact:

Laura Gallagher
Press Officer
Imperial College London
Tel: +44 (0)207 594 6702
Mob: +44 (0)7803 886 248

Notes to editors:

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