Materials for the Energy Transition
Materials for the Energy Transition Roadmapping
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:
- Materials for low-carbon methods of hydrogen generation
- Materials in photovoltaic systems
- Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling Systems
- Low loss electronics
Roadmapping Launch Webinar
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.
As discussed in the roadmapping launch draft roadmaps on each of the 5 topics were made available to the community for futher consultation.
The roadmap consultation has now closed, the broader research community has now reviewed the roadmaps and they are being finalised. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation.
How to get involved
If you're interested in the evolution of these documents, please get in touch at Royce at Imperial