Friday 15th November, 7:00 pm for 7:30, Unity House, Fennel Street Loughborough
When wood started to become scarce, Britain led the way in the industrial revolution, fuelled by coal. When hay was running short, internal combustion engines replaced horses for road transport, and then the oil age also brought us aviation. Natural gas fuels central heating boilers and much of our electricity generation. Everything was going great (??) until global warming, the threat of peak oil and the global recession came along. Now the energy challenges are immense:
- Will energy be affordable?
- Can we stop climate change?
- Can we keep the lights on? Should we keep the lights on?
Where do we go from here?
- Can we supply all our energy needs from renewable energy?
- What do we do when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?
- Is carbon capture and storage feasible or safe?
- Is nuclear power safe?
- How much energy do we actually use? Or need?
- Just insulate every loft?
- Plant lots of trees?
With the help of the DECC 2050 Calculator Dr John Barton will explore the options with the Friday Room.