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DESERTEC - Clean Power from Deserts

24 September 2013

The DESERTEC Concept was developed by a network of scientists, economists and politicians from around the Mediterranean, leading to the creation of the DESERTEC Foundation. It demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are at their most abundant.

Presented by Falko Schmidt, UK Coordinator, DESERTEC Foundation

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The Influence of Weather on Renewable Energy Predictability and Performance

11 June 2013

This lecture was presented by Phil Evans, Government Services Director at the Met Office.

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Lecture: Development of Deep Geothermal Energy Resources in the UK

12 June 2012

This free evening lecture presented by Professor Paul Younger, Newcastle University, looks at deep geothermal exploration covering industry developments and the delivery of renewable heat networks using Organic Rankine Cycle and other thermoelectric systems.

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84th Thomas Lowe Gray lecture: The role of pumped storage in keeping our lights on

16 May 2012

This lecture is given by Mike McWilliams, Mott MacDonald's Divisional Director of Hydropower. The presentation considers pumped storage: how it works, what it does and the role it can play in keeping the lights on.

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Renewable energy in South-East Asia

09 June 2011

This lecture summarises what renewable energy policies are in place in South-East Asia, outlining some installation project case studies, the technologies used and how the projects have been financed.

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Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture 2011

17 May 2011

Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture 2011

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The challenges to ensure 80% reduction of CO2 by 2050

26 April 2011

This lecture, presented by Dame Sue Ion DBE FIC FCGI FIM FNucl, was held by ICE and the IMechE North West Region on 26 April 2011.

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Working to make solar energy a more affordable option

13 April 2011

This evening lecture, presented by Dow Corning, provides an introduction to photovoltaic panels and give attendees an insight into their history and potential for the future.

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98th Thomas Hawksley Lecture: Nuclear or Renewables?

06 December 2010

Between now and 2020 the UK must replace about a third of its existing electricity generating capacity. That is an unprecedented and enormously expensive challenge; the industry estimates it will need to invest £200bn. This evening lecture was given by Dr Paul Golby CEng FIMechE, Chairman and Chief Executive of E.ON UK plc.

Due to a technical issue, the lecture will not be available to view on Play it Back.
However the slides and notes can be viewed at:

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82nd Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture: Offshore wind power - the challenges ahead

18 May 2010

This year's Thomas Lowe Gray lecture will be presented by Jim Smith, Director of Offshore Operations, Scottish and Southern Energy.

The lecture will start at 18:00 and refreshments will be available from 17:15. Booking is required for this lecture.

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Nuclear Build: A Vote of no confidence?

10 March 2010

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has published its latest report: Nuclear Build: A Vote of no Confidence? which outlines the main concerns by industry and recommends a number of ways in which both sides could reduce the confidence gap.

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97th Thomas Hawksley Lecture: Powering the Future

14 December 2009

This year’s Thomas Hawksley lecture will be presented by Paul Willson, Deputy Director of Generation for international engineering consultancy, Parsons Brinckerhoff. Paul is also the principal author of Powering the Future, a detailed and hard-hitting report by Parsons Brinckerhoff which focuses on the impact of meeting the UK Government’s carbon reduction targets for 2050 and highlights critical steps for tackling CO2 reduction.

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Aircraft Carriers for the Future - 81st Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture

13 May 2009

The 81st Thomas Lowe Gray Memorial Lecture will be delivered by RAdm Nigel Guild. In the Centenary year of Naval Aviation, the lecture will take a look at the evolution of aircraft carriers, studying their past, present and future.

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Delivering the Glendoe Hydro Electric Scheme

28 April 2009

This lecture by Jim Smith of Airtricity discusses the recently commissioned 100MW Glendoe Hydro Electric scheme, providing an insight into the design and construction process involved in delivering the project.

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