Researchers from The University of Manchester are to set reveal how their pioneering work will help future generations of people from across the world have access to more secure, cost effective and cleaner energy.

Revolutionary science, such as the advanced material graphene, is helping to underpin Manchester’s ambition to tackle one of the greatest global challenges – the need to transform our energy systems to ensure the growing global population has access to affordable low-carbon energy.

A special delegation of Manchester academics will meet business leaders and decision-makers at special events hosted in the UK Pavilion at the international ’Future Energy’ EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The University of Manchester is an official sponsor of the British government-backed pavilion, highlighting the University’s role as a leading knowledge partner in the UK economy. The UK Pavilion will showcase advanced material graphene – isolated at Manchester – as one the most transformational technologies of our age.

Such revolutionary science will help Manchester develop new energy systems to support a growing global population into the future, said Professor Ian Cotton, Director of Manchester Energy at The University of Manchester.

He added: “The University of Manchester is engaged with the development of new energy systems on an international scale.

“We are working with academic partners and industry across the globe and focusing our combined efforts to make a real difference.”

The University will deliver a keynote talk, entitled ‘Energy revolution: what will the energy sector look like in 20 years’, on June 21 and June 28 at EXPO 2017.

“We recognise there is a pressing need to transform our energy system to ensure our worldwide population has access to affordable low-carbon energy,” said Professor Cotton. “Manchester has over 600 researchers working to make this a reality across a range of ground-breaking technologies.

“Advanced materials, including graphene, will allow us to improve the efficiency of solar cells and store energy in new types of batteries and fuel cells.

“The Dalton Nuclear Institute at Manchester is supporting the development of small modular reactors that can be used within a city to supply essential energy needs.

“Our work in bioenergy is considering how we can use crops as a source of for energy, while minimising the impact on global food production and water use.

“While our researchers are improving the performance of renewable energy generation from solar to wind and tidal technologies.”

Throughout the three-month long exposition the University’s work in energy and advanced materials will be showcased to over two-million visitors – and is being used to help the British Government to promote the UK as a place to live, work and study.


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