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ABCP Webinar: Energy Storage for a Net (Nearly Net) Zero Carbon Energy Future

19 June, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST


Energy Storage for a Net (Nearly Net) Zero Carbon Energy Future



Professor Yulong Ding (丁玉龙) CEng FIChemE FRSC, Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, University of Birmingham, UK


The talk will be delivered in English but the slides will be bilingual in English and Chinese.


The global impacts of the changing climate have become increasingly visible in recent years. To address such a colossal challenge, the UK took the lead in the world to adopt a highly ambitious target in 2019 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. This target, together with legislated carbon budgets, implies that more radical emissions cuts across the economy would be needed. Although the greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 45% in the UK since 1990, the reduction so far has been largely achieved within the power sector by the transition away from coal and towards gas and renewable generation. Significantly more difficult challenges remain ahead of us.

This talk will start with an overview of the world final energy consumption, together with recent renewable penetration and energy efficiency data. These data will be analysed to show the true challenges from a decarbonisation perspective. Attention is then paid to the most popular emerging energy technologies, including electrification of transport, hydrogen economy, carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen ironmaking. These energy processes as currently configured will be shown to be highly energy inefficient, leading to a new thermal challenge. Advanced planning for a radically new energy infrastructure would be needed if we do not want our next generations to face similar energy challenges as we do today and indeed over the past few decades, such as retrofitting measures for our homes. An attempt is then made to establish a multi-vector-based energy network with a potential to resolve the challenge.

The transition to a net (nearly net) zero carbon energy future is likely to catalyse the creation of many new businesses. Inevitably, this will place many conventional energy businesses to a vulnerable position or even out of business if they are not prepared for or resist to the changes. This will be briefly discussed if time allows.

Bio of Speaker

Prof Yulong DingProfessor Yulong Ding (丁玉龙) CEng FIChemE FRSC is the founding Chamberlain Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His current research covers both fundamental (multiphase transport phenomena across length scales) and applied (new energy conversion and storage technologies) aspects.

He invented liquid air energy storage and cryogenic engine technologies and led the initial stage of their developments and validation, which are respectively commercialised by Highview Power and Dearman Engine, two UK engineering companies. He developed composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage and associated large-scale manufacture technologies, leading to large scale commercial applications with a total installation of ~1.2GWh so far.

He is a receiver of three IChemE Global Awards – Energy, Research Project and Outstanding Achievement Awards in 2019; Distinguished Energy Storage Individual Award (Beijing International Energy Storage and Expo, 2018); Cryogenic Energy Storage Research Chair Award (Royal Academy of Engineering, 2014); Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Progress Award (First Prize, Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage System, 2014); Energy & Environment Award and Technology and Innovation Grand Prix Award (Liquid Air Energy Storage, ‘The Engineer’ Magazine, 2011).

He has published over 450 technical papers with ~250 in peer-reviewed journals (H Index of ~ 63), filed over 70+ patents, and co-founded Dispersia Ltd and Jinhe Energy Co Ltd, and more recently Kelvin Thermotech Ltd. He has served as a consultant to AnSteel Group, P&G, Shell Global Solutions, GSK, Pfizer and CREG over the last 20 years. He currently serves on IChemE Publication Medal Assessment Panel, European Technology and Innovation Platform Working Group on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIPSNET), and editorial boards of Journal of Energy Storage (Wiley), Journal of Thermal Science (Springer), Particuology (Elsevier), and Energies & Applied Science (MDPI).

How to Participate

The seminar is open to all for free. The system allows up to 150 participants.

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19 June, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
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ABCP (Association of British Chinese Professors, 全英华人教授协会)
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