Annual Lecture 22

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Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2022:

Nuclear – at the core of the energy transition

Energy Futures Lab is delighted to host Ian Funnell for our 2022 Annual Lecture.

Ian is the chair of Energy Futures Lab’s Advisory Board and has had a long and distinguished career in the global energy sector. He joined ABB in 1999, where he became Director of Major Projects and later Managing Director of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission. Ian was Chief Executive Officer of ABB UK from 2015-2019, before becoming CEO of Hitachi ABB Power Grids joint venture, now known as Hitachi Energy (UK & Ireland), in 2020. In January 2022, he was appointed Chair of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

About the lecture

The UK was once a global leader in nuclear science, but how has that position changed over the years and what does it mean for meeting the challenges of the energy transition? As geopolitics propels nuclear power back to the top of the energy agenda, Ian argues that the UK has perhaps taken its nuclear power plants for granted and now finds they are needed as part of Net Zero energy system. In this lecture, he will explore current developments in nuclear energy, from small modular reactors to advanced nuclear technologies. He will look to the future of nuclear, discussing exciting R&D programmes exploring nuclear medicine and nuclear in space, and how nuclear science can benefit today’s society.

Please note the date has been changed to the 7th December. The lecture will run from 18:15 – 19:15 and will be followed by a drinks reception.

About Energy Futures Lab

Energy Futures Lab is one of seven Global Institutes at Imperial College London. The institute was established to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change. The institute aims to promote energy innovation and advance systemic solutions for a sustainable energy future by bringing together the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial and fostering collaboration with a wide variety of external partners.

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