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The Future of Green Energy: Climate LinkUP Event Preview

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Simon White
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January 16th, 2023

January 24 will see the latest online event from Climate LinkUP, showcasing the future talent and potential leaders within the green energy industry. Showcasing cutting edge global research from both industry and academia, the two pathways join in this online webinar to suggest how we can tackle the biggest challenges of our generation. Read on to find out more about out panel of experts and the research they will be presenting.

Event co-hosts

Courtney Quinn: Welcome address

Courtney is a PhD Sustainable Hydrogen CDT researcher with the Nottingham Applied materials and Interfaces Group (NAMI) at the University of Nottingham, something which she combines with collaborative work at the QUILL Research Centre for Advanced Liquid Materials at Queen’s University Belfast. Her PhD aims to address the challenges associated with production of low carbon hydrogen using PEM electrolysers and how these may be overcome through operation at elevated temperatures.

Kieran Heeley: Welcome address

Kieran Heeley is a PhD researcher at The Sustainable Hydrogen Centre for Doctoral Training at University of Birmingham. Kieran’s research focuses on the production of hydrogen from algal biomass using supercritical water gasification. His research aims to optimise the reaction conditions to help make the technology a feasible solution for decarbonisation, as a potential carbon negative energy source. 

Presenters & their sessions

Espen Erdal: Opportunities and challenges for project developers working in the solar and offshore wind industry

Espen is VP Business Development in Magnora, a renewable energy project development & investment company based in Norway. Their business model focuses on value creation by growing an asset-light development portfolio of renewable energy projects, with a growth target of 5GW for the portfolio by 2025.

Tommy Allsop: Tyseley Energy Park -
Powering Clean Energy Growth

Tommy is Net-Zero Delivery Lead for Tyseley Energy Park based in Birmingham, UK. is committed to delivering low and zero carbon power, transport, heat, waste and recycling solutions for Birmingham in the UK. He will present on the ways in which the park is managing localised sustainability and decarbonisation across the site, as well as the application of pioneering methods to achieve net zero targets across the industry park.

Isabelle Viole: Remote energy systems -
Using green energy to look at the stars

Isabelle is a PhD researcher at the University of Oslo in Energy Systems, working on modelling remote energy solutions and hybrid energy storage sytems to power an off-grid telescope. She has previously worked in power market forecasting and energy system modelling too.

Srinivas Sivaraman: Ammonia as a promising
hydrogen carrier and clean fuel

Srinivas is a PhD researcher at Ulster University’s HySAFER Centre. His research focuses on developing inherently safer design strategies and risk assessment methodologies for the use of ammonia and hydrogen in fuel applications.

Stephanie Chen Schmidt: Capacity development
and the Energy Transition Academy

Stephanie is an associate at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) USA at RMI’s Energy Transition Academy (ETA), where she works on partnerships and the ETA’s capacity development platform. The platform is dedicated to upskilling energy sector practitioners, primarily in island nations, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Benjamin Lincoln: The expanded role of renewable
electricity in New Zealand's future energy landscape

Ben is currently undertaking a PhD in Chemical Engineering with the Ahuora Centre for Smart Energy Systems at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Ben’s research is focused on increasing industrial process electrification through the use of heat pumps to provide process heat and aims to increase the application of these through smart design and operation.

Christopher Harrison: Power to the people -
Energy storage in the UK

Chris is an early career researcher at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Energy Systems and Policy Analysis Group, studying the role of policy in developing and deploying energy storage technologies. Chris is currently finishing his PhD in the field of hydrogen and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

Alex Grant: Batteries in technicolour

Alex Grant is a PhD researcher in the Applied Nanoscience Group, University College Cork, Ireland. His research is based on nanostructured electrode materials for lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries as energy storage systems, with particular focus on combining optical and electrochemical methods to diagnose battery failure mechanisms in real-time.

Read the full programme for this exciting event and register on Climate LinkUP's website: