As the low-carbon energy revolution gathers pace, there is a growing demand for materials to support the development and production of energy generation, storage and distribution technologies. This manifests as both an expanded need for availability of critical metals such as lithium, cobalt, germanium and indium, as well as a need to develop novel materials for use in next-generation energy technologies.

This Briefing Paper, which will be published in the first half of 2021, will consider the current availability and development of materials for the energy sector. It aims to assess whether the world, and the UK in particular, could face availability issues in materials critical to the production of low-carbon energy technologies, the state of development of novel materials in the sector, and present policy recommendations to strengthen the security and accelerate the development of critical materials.

If you are interested in submitting evidence to the Paper, please email aidan.rhodes@imperial.ac.uk

Read the scoping note here.