Materials for the Energy Transition Roadmapping

Introduction

The UK has become the first major economy in the world to pass a net-zero emissions law, setting an ambitious target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The development and adoption of more energy-efficient materials is an important enabler for the UK to achieve this goal.

In September 2019, the Henry Royce Institute submitted a ‘Big Idea’ to the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council on ‘Materials for the Energy Transition’. This coincided with the release of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2019 Report recommending a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Royce community has identified four key areas in the CCC Report where materials science research is critical to enabling step-changes in greenhouse gas reduction:

  1. Materials for low-carbon methods of hydrogen generation
  2. Materials in photovoltaic systems
  3. Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling Systems
  4. Low loss electronics

Roadmapping Launch Webinar

Materials for the Energy Transition Road Map Webinar | 15 June 2020

Recording of the event which was broadcast on the 15th June 2020

Executive Summary

The UK materials community, coordinated by Royce in collaboration with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Institute for Manufacturing (Cambridge), has come together to develop roadmaps on these four key areas, to outline opportunities for materials science to contribute to net-zero emissions targets by 2050.

Between March and June 2020 members of the materials research community have explored the various materials challenges, targets, and timescales required to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 in these areas.

The Executive Summary highlighting the key findings of the four roadmaps is available here . Full technical reports with detailed findings for the four roadmap topics will be published in autumn 2020.

How to get involved

If you're interested in the evolution of these documents, please get in touch at Royce @ Imperial