Public Lecture Series 2012: Sustainable Energy? - Powering the Future

Monday 19 March 2012
7pm - 9pm
Event type Public Lecture
Location Newton Room, Hamilton Centre
Booking Required? No
Our use of energy and power has consequences for both present and future generations. How can we improve efficiency and sustainability in our buildings, cars and electricity generation?

Chair: Ian Campbell

Speakers: Maria Kolokotroni, Colin Axon, Peter Hobson

Our use of energy and power in the built environment has consequences for both present and future generations. Maria Kolokotroni will focus on buildings and the city, why the energy use differs from rural areas, and what future adaptation measures might improve energy efficiency. Colin Axon will discuss how the car fleet has been changing, what environmental impact alternative fuels may have, and what the implications are for the sustainability of mobility. Peter Hobson will look into a possible future with electricity generation from nuclear fusion and the ways in which we might be able to deal with the legacy of nuclear waste.


Maria Kolokotroni

Prof Maria KolokotroniMaria Kolokotroni, DipArch, MSc, PhD, CEng, ARB, MCIBSE, MASHRAE, MEI

Maria Kolokotroni is Professor of Energy in the Built Environment, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Design, with expertise in architectural engineering, energy impact of the urban heat island on buildings, thermal comfort, low energy cooling, building post occupancy evaluation, environmental modelling (thermal, air flow and contaminant movement) in domestic and commercial/public buildings.

She joined Brunel University in 1998 after five years with the Indoor Environment Group at the Building Research Establishment and two post doctoral positions at the University of Westminster and UCL. At Brunel, she teaches Building Services and Energy Engineering and works in a number of research projects focussing on energy use by buildings funded by EPSRC, Intelligent Energy Europe and the construction industry. She has published more than 100 papers in this field and has participated in many research dissemination activities. She has worked with many universities and research organisations in Europe, US, China, India and Jamaica. She is a member of the CIBSE Natural Ventilation and School Design Groups management committees and the AIVC (Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre, International Energy Agency) Board.

Colin Axon

Colin Axon conducts research into how people, places, and processes can use less energy and fewer natural resources. Colin has projects and collaborations on energy use by transport, future electricity networks, the resource implications of geo-engineering schemes, and energy security. One common theme underlying this work is designing frameworks of metrics and indicators to assess sustainability. He holds grants from the EU and EPSRC, and is the current Chair of the Institute of Physics Energy Group.

Colin is Senior Research Fellow in the Brunel Institute of Power Systems in the School of Engineering and Design. He holds degrees from the universities of London and Bristol. Previously Colin has held teaching and research positions at Bath University (in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and then the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering). Most recently Colin worked in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. At Oxford he was Founder and Co-Director of the James Martin Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport.

Peter Hobson

Professor Peter HobsonProfessor Peter Hobson has a BSc in Physics from Edinburgh University, a PhD in Particle Physics from University College London and is a Chartered Physicist. He has been a member of staff at Brunel University since 1986 where he is a Professor, Director of the Centre for Sensors & Instrumentation, and the Deputy Head of the School of Engineering & Design with particular responsibility for undergraduate programmes.

His main fields of research are in Particle Physics, Holography and Grid Computing and he is active in promoting physics to schools and the general public through outreach events. He is a member of Brunel’s Collaborative Research Network in Energy and Environmental Sustainability and of the EPSRC funded “ADEPT” project which seeks to understand and model both the underlying network and the social and commercial impacts of Smart Electricity metering. As author or co-author he has published over five hundred journal papers and has been on the organising committees of many international conferences in the field of instrumentation.

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