28 November 2023
A feature article about three Oxford research groups using chemistry to help reach sustainability goals. From solving global plastic pollution to improving the performance of rechargeable batteries found in electric cars, ‘green chemistry’ is a truly promising topic.
11 October 2023
Robert House, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Materials, discusses how shifting from lithium to sodium-ion batteries could reduce dependence on critical minerals and yield cheaper battery packs.
19 September 2023
Two MPLS projects have received a major funding boost from the Faraday Institution, the UK’s flagship institute for electrochemical energy storage research. The funding is part of a £19 million investment to support key battery research projects that have the potential to deliver significant beneficial impact for the UK.
From The Conversation: Solar panel technology is set to be turbo-charged – but first, a few big roadblocks have to be cleared
10 September 2023
Dr Matthew Wright (Department of Materials) and Bruno Vicari Stefani (CSIRO) discuss “tandem solar cells”, the new generation in solar technology, and the need for design that does not involve reliance on scarce materials such as indium.
20 July 2023
Maitha Al Shimmari, a research student in Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, joins the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center's fifth cohort of leading women under the age of 35 in the fields of energy and climate research.
24 May 2023
A multi-institutional team will explore a new method for creating fusion power it hopes could eventually be scaled to provide safe, clean, and abundant energy.
From The Conversation: How extreme weather threatens to bring down UK’s power lines and halt supply to homes
21 April 2023
Matthew Wright, DPhil student in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the Department of Physics, writes about the need to ensure the UK’s energy system is prepared for and resilient to future weather extremes.
12 January 2023
The five-year programme, funded by the EPSRC and working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will establish a national energy data platform to help facilitate the transition to net-zero carbon emissions.
13 December 2022
‘With ignition now achieved, not only has fusion energy been unlocked, but also a door has been opened to new science,’ said Professor Gregori, Department of Physics.
We must stop fossil fuels causing global warming, before the world stops using fossil fuels - Prof Myles Allen
11 November 2022
We have to stop fossil fuels from causing global warming, before the world stops using fossil fuels, insists physicist and Professor of Geosystem Science Myles Allen, as he outlines an approach to reaching net zero by 2050.
20 October 2022
The 2022 Oxford Electric Vehicle Summit will focus on growth and investment, as it returns to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. The event is in partnership with Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University and aims to deliver on decarbonised transport in the UK, and beyond.
OSCAR research team wins regional finals of 'Maker in China' SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest
6 October 2022
A team of researchers from the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) in China, the University of Oxford’s only engineering and physical sciences research institute outside of the UK, has won first place in the regional finals of the ‘Maker in China’ Jiangsu SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest 2022.
15 September 2022
The new study shows that a fast transition to clean energy is cheaper than slow or no transition. It was conducted by a team at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, led by Professor Doyne Farmer of the Mathematical Institute.
11 August 2022
Professor Henry Snaith has been awarded the University of Louisville’s 2021 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. Awarded biennially, this award recognises outstanding ideas and achievements in research around the science, engineering, technology, and commercialisation of renewable energy.
Solar is the cheapest power, and a literal light-bulb moment showed us we can cut costs and emissions even further
1 August 2022
In an article first published on the Conversation, Matthew Wright (Department of Materials), together with colleagues Bruno Vicari Stefani from CSIRO and Brett Hallam from UNSW Sydney, explain how rethinking the type of silicon used in solar cells could make them much more efficient.
26 May 2022
First introduced at COP26, the International Community for Local Smart Grids (ICLSG) will undertake ground-breaking research that will be informed by the learnings and expertise of the partners.
28 February 2022
When world leaders come together to discuss a common goal as they did during the climate summit COP26, this collaboration can deliver some notable achievements. An article by Dr Andy Gilchrist of MPLS's Innovation and Business Partnerships Team
8 February 2022
Researchers at the University of Oxford have collaborated with industry experts to develop an adaptable smart window technology that could reduce the energy usage of an average home by up to a third.
8 February 2022
A new world-leading multi-disciplinary hub and co-working space located in Oxford, Mini TESA - The Energy Systems Accelerator pilot – aims to bring teams together to tackle the challenge of energy systems transition.
New approach to predicting battery failure could help maintain electricity for millions around the world
15 December 2021
The new method of predicting battery failure is 15 – 20% more accurate than current approaches.