Past Event

2050 Retrospective - 15th March 2006

Law Faculty, West Road, Cambridge, 16:30 - 20:30.

We had an excellent evening, greatly enjoyed by all.

'2050 Retrospective: The Peak Oil crisis, and the Nuclear and Solar Response'.

Our Report of the Meeting: Download 0.2 MB.

Tim Jervis Introduction: Download 0.2 MB.

Pierre-René Bauquis is the former head of Strategy and Planning, then Head of Gas, Coal and Electricity at Total. He will present the problem of the Oil Peak from an oil industry perspective. Peak Oil Copyright slides, but see this instead.

Ian Fells is the former chairman of the UK New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) and will speak on the impact of Nuclear Power over the 40 years to 2050. Download 3.5 MB.

Gehan Amaratunga is head of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Research at Cambridge University and discuss the impact of solar electricity. Download 18.1 MB.

Graham Ford is a founder of HelioDynamics, a Cambridge area "clean tech" start-up. Download 4.3 MB.

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Light refreshments and wine were provided.
The meeting was free, but prior registration was required for entry.

Prof. Pierre-René Bauquis, when Special Advisor to the Chairman of TotalFinaElf, was the author of Total's energy review to 2050. He left Total at the end of 2001 and is now professor at the Institute Français du Pétrole (IFP School). He is a prolific author and well-known speaker on the Oil Peak and how it will be managed.

Prof. Ian Fells is a fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and has been Professor of Energy Conversion at The University of Newcastle since 1975. Ian Fells has been a science advisor to The World Energy Council and a special adviser to the House of Commons select committee for Trade & Industry & Environment. He is a former president of the Institute of Energy. He has made over 400 television and radio programmes.

Prof. Gehan Amaratunga's research team studies new materials for low cost, high efficiency solar cells, and power electronics for connecting large photovoltaic electric generation to the grid. He is a co-founder of two spin out companies: Enecsys Ltd and Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd. Enecsys develops integrated circuit technology for power conditioning units for grid-connected renewable energy applications.

Graham Ford will give a brief description of his experiences of solar power from a commercial perspective. In 2006 HelioDynamics was still a small clean-tech start-up in the Cambridge area, just the kind of enterprise expected at the time to be a part of the solution to the world's energy needs.

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