Energy Futures Lab's public lectures

Energy Futures Lab organises many events and lectures aimed at researchers at Imperial but also for other interested people. We have recorded some of our lectures and they are available to watch online.


Annual Lecture 2022: Nuclear - at the core of the energy transition

On 7 December 2022, Ian Funnell delivered the 2022 Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture where he explored current developments in nuclear energy and discussed the future of nuclear and how it can benefit todays society. Watch video.

In conversation with: Rubina Singh, Centrica & POWERful Women

Rubina Singh, Head of Ideation Delivery at energy giant Centrica and non-executive director at POWERful Women, discusses her varied career to date and talks about the challenge of improving the representation of women at the highest levels of the industry. Watch video.


Chris StarkDennis Anderson Lecture 2020: The Path to a Net Zero UK
Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK's Climate Change Committee, delivers the 2020 Dennis Anderson Lecture, hosted by Energy Futures lab in conjunction with the Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT). Watch video.

Duncan ClarkA World That Runs on Green Energy: Ørsted’s Vision for the Energy Transition
Duncan Clark, Ørsted’s Head of UK, and Sophie Lewis, Senior Commercial Project Manager for Ørsted’s Hornsea Three wind farm project, set out the company’s vision for a world powered by green energy and discuss how the UK’s wind energy ambition can be achieved. Watch video.

Roisin Quinn

The Energy System Transition: In Real Time
On 24 September 2020, Energy Futures Lab hosted Roisin Quinn, Head of National Control and Chief Engineer at National Grid ESO. Roisin spoke about the UK's Net Zero target and what it means for the operation of the GB power system and share reflections on managing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on electricity demand. Watch video.


Prof Anna KorreEnergy Showcase 2019: Sustainable Materials for Energy
Professor Anna Korre discusses her work on sustainable materials for use in the energy sector. Professor Korre is Co-Director of Energy Futures Lab and Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Earth Science & Engineering. Her research focus is in the areas of modelling risk and uncertainty and the environmental and life cycle assessment of engineering systems. Watch video

Dr Vera SilvaGrid solutions - Transforming electricity networks to enable the energy transition
On 26 March 2019 Energy Futures Lab hosted Dr Vera Silva the Chief Technology Officer of GE Grid Solutions for the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture. Recorded 26 March 2019. Watch video

Energy and climate policy: The science of necessity or the art of the possible?Energy and climate policy: The science of necessity or the art of the possible?
On 21 February Professor Jim Skea gave the 9th Dennis Anderson lecture, exploring the nature of the changes needed to achieve low emission pathways, the obvious next steps required to move in the desired direction, and some lessons for science-policy communication. Recorded 21 February 2019. Watch video.


The Liquid Metal Battery: Innovation in stationary electricity storageThe Liquid Metal Battery: Innovation in stationary electricity storage
On 29 November Energy Futures Lab and the Dyson School of Design Engineering hosted Professor Donald Sadoway of MIT to discuss the impact the liquid metal battery could have on the future of gridscale energy storage. Recorded 29 November 2018. Watch video

Equinor’s Energy Perspectives and Climate Roadmap update 2018Equinor’s Energy Perspectives and Climate Roadmap update 2018
On 19 June Energy Futures Lab hosted Eirik Wærness and Hilde Røed of Equinor to present updates to their Energy Perspectives and Climate Roadmap reports. Recorded 19 June 2018. Watch video

Ulrich SpiesshoferElectricity’s expanding role in the era of climate change
On May 8 Energy Futures Lab hosted Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB, for the institute's Annual Lecture.
Recorded 8 May 2018. Watch video.

Dr Fatih BirolGlobal energy markets: today and tomorrow
On 20 March 2018 Energy Futures Lab and the Grantham Institute hosted Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, to present the World Energy Outlook 2017.
Recorded 20 March 2018
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Spencer DalePeak oil demand and long-run oil prices
On December 12 Energy Futures Lab hosted Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist at BP plc, for the annual Dennis Anderson lecture.
Recorded 12 December 2017
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How are we building a sustainable energy future?How are we building a sustainable energy future?
On 14 November Energy Futures Lab celebrated 10 years of the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futureswith a panel discussion and showcase of Imperial energy research.
Recorded 14 November 2017
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Is the UK facing an electricity security crisis?Is the UK facing an electricity security crisis?
On 11 October Energy Futures Lab launched their briefing paper, reviewing the evidence surrounding electricity supply security in the UK, with a talk from Dr Rob Gross and Dr Aidan Rhodes, the report's authors.
Recorded 11 October 2017
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Powering Africa’s Health Sector: Innovation, Access, and InvestmentPowering Africa’s Health Sector: Innovation, Access, and Investment
On 5 September Energy Futures Lab hosted a half-day forum on the challenges surrounding energy access and constant supply for health care facilities in developing regions.
Recorded 5 September 2017
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StatoilExploring — and shaping — the future of energy: Statoil’s Energy Perspectives and Climate Roadmap
On 26 June Energy Futures Lab hosted Eirik Wærness and Bjørn Otto Sverdrup for a discussion on the world’s future energy needs, and how we together can shape the future of energy..
Recorded 26 June 2017
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Prof Christoph FreiGrand transition, digital revolution and new energy realities
On 21 June Energy Futures Lab hosted Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General & CEO of the World Energy Council, for the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture.
Recorded 21 June 2017
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John AbbottFuture Transport: The journey ahead
On 22 May Energy Futures Lab hosted Shell's Downstream Director, John Abbott for a conversation on the Future of Transport.
Recorded 22 May 2017
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Imperial Racing GreenImperial Racing Green Showcase
Energy futures Lab hosted Imperial Racing Green's team principals as they presented the low-carbon vehicles being built by the students working on the Imperial Racing Green programme.
Recorded 21 March 2017
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Dr Rob GrossThe Costs and Impacts of Intermittency - 2016 update
Energy futures Lab hosted UKERC's launch of their systematic review of the evidence on the costs and impacts of intermittent electricity generation technologies. Dr Rob Gross of Energy Futures Lab, and the report's lead author, presented the report's main findings and conclusions.
Recorded 21 February 2017
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Dr Fatih BirolDr Fatih Birol presents the World Energy Outlook 2016.
Energy futures Lab in association with the Grantham Institute hosts Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, to present "The future of global energy: Policies will determine where we go from here", the World Energy Outlook 2016.
Recorded 2 February 2017
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Lord WillettsUK Policy: Prioritising Science and Innovation.
Energy futures Lab hosts Lord Willetts for the 5th Cambridge Whitehall Lecture in association with the Cambridge University Land Society.
Recorded 3 November 2016
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Where is energy storage going? Where is energy storage going?
A panel discussion on the future of energy storage on a local, national and international level.
Recorded 12 July 2016
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Mark O'MalleyIntegrated energy systems and their role in integrating variable renewable energy.
Professor Mark O'Malley, Director of the UCD Energy Institute discusses the use, and role, of Integrated energy systems.
Recorded 5 April 2016
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Nick Winser Annual Lecture 2016 - Global energy policy challenges, innovation and the catapult.
Nick Winser Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult discusses global energy policy challenges, innovation and the role the Catapult can play.
Recorded 22 March 2016
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Is CCS dead? Is CCS dead?
Energy Futures Lab in association with the British Institute of Energy Economics and the Energy Technologies Institute hosted a panel discussion on the possible future of Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK.
Recorded 28 January 2016
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Lord Deben Reflections on COP21
Invited by our MSc the Rt Hon. the Lord Deben came to Imperial College London to give a talk around the topic of the COP21 meeting.
Recorded 15 December 2015
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Professor Time Green Past, Present and Future for Energy Futures Lab
Professor Tim Green, Director of Energy Futures Lab, and others, discuss the past successes of the institute and what the future could hold for Energy Futures Lab and energy research at Imperial College London.
Recorded 17 November 2015
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Vincent de Rivaz Annual EDF Lecture 2015
Vincent de Rivaz of EDF Energy discusses what is at stake at the Paris Climate Summit and the responsibility of business in tackling climate change
Recorded 3 November 2015
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Alain Bucaille Thinking legally: energy, climate change and the law
Alain Bucaille discusses the legal side of coping with the possible new order on energy and climate change.

Recorded 29 September 2015
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Dr Matthew HillA show about nothing: Getting rid of carbon dioxide with a whole lot of holes
Dr Matthew Hill (CSIRO, Australia), in conversation with comedian Adam Hills, will discuss a class of materials used in gas storage & separation
Recorded 6 October 2015
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Judith WardThe Smart Electricity Consumer
Judith Ward and Sharon Darcy from Sustainability First give their perspective on household electricity demand-side development & participation in the GB electricity markets.

Recorded 17 June 2015
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Jane BurstonInfrastructure you can’t throw a stick at
Jane Burston, Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement, discusses the commercialisation of new renewables.

Recorded 13 May 2015
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Professor Nilay Shah Optimising urban energy systems
Professor Nilay Shah describes the motivation for the modelling of urban energy systems, present a framework for such an endeavour and draw insights from case studies.

Recorded 14 April 2015
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Christoph FreiEnergy in transition - navigating uncertainty
Christoph Frei from the World Energy Council discusses changes in the energy sector and the impact it could have.

Recorded 18 March 2015
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Ian MarchantDennis Anderson Lecture: UK energy policy - full steam ahead, but to where?
Ian Marchant, former Chief Executive of SSE plc will take a look at the current state of UK energy policy.

Recorded 26 February 2015
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Sir David King Annual Lecture 2015 - Practical Paths to Paris: Unleashing the Green Economy.
Sir David King talks about the need for surge in research activity switch the global economy away from its present reliance on fossil fuels.
Recorded 28 January 2015
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Profssor Jim SkeaThe IPCC Synthesis Report: linking science with policy relevance.
Professor Jim Skea outlines the main messages from IPCC synthesis report, drawing out the implications and exploring the grey area where science and policy meet.
Recorded 26 November 2014
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Stephen FitzpatrickThe other end of the wire: A new perspective on the UK energy system.
In this lecture Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder of Ovo Energy, offers an insight into the UK energy market and discuss Ovo Energy’s ambitious plans to take on the big six and create 500 new power providers by 2020.
Recorded 13 November 2014
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Professor Tim GreenBeing smart with energy.
Professor Tim Green talks about why smart energy systems will need to be formed by the smart combination of psychology, data analytics, markets design, generation technologies, consumer products, industry processes, energy storage and business service innovation.
Recorded 28 October 2014
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Shale gasThe future of shale gas in the UK.
A panel of Professor Tim Green (Chair), Jane Burston, Francis Egan, Professor Geoff Maitland, Dr Nick Riley discussing the facts surrounding the future of shale gas in the UK, and what are the challenges and issues facing fracking in technology, economics, policy and the environment.
Recorded 9 July 2014
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Dr Wolfgang EppleAnnual lecture 2014 - The future of energy in passenger vehicles: A manufacturer’s view.
Dr Wolfgang Epple from Jaguar Landrover looks at the future of energy in passenger vehicles from a manufacturer’s view.
Recorded 3 June 2014
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Dr Rob GrossPresenting the future: Estimating future cost reductions in electricity generation.
Dr Rob Gross considers the role and importance of electricity cost estimates and the methodologies employed to forecast future costs.
Recorded 11 March 2014
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Charles HendryChallenges for UK energy policy.
Charles Hendry former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change discusses the policy challenges facing the UK energy sector.
Recorded 13 February 2014
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Energy Futures Lab's documentaries

Energy Futures Lab has funded a number of documentaries though our Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Winds of Change Winds of Change
Two researchers from the Department of Physics capture the changes occurring in the Andes due to climate change and the impact renewable energy sources are having on rural communities in Peru.

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Nepal Powering the top of the world: empowering communities.
Through interviews with those in charge as well as the people whose daily lives are impacted, this documentary film asks the question: what is Nepal’s energy future?

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