Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world

Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research shows.

Cambridge University News
March 23, 2020 | cambridge

~5 mins   

Tags: climate energy electricity transport

New tools show a way forward for large-scale storage of renewable energy

A technique based on the principles of MRI and NMR has allowed researchers to observe not only how next-generation batteries for large-scale energy storage work, but also how they fail, which will assist in the development of strategies to extend battery lifetimes in support of the transition to a zero-carbon future.

Cambridge University News
March 2, 2020 | cambridge

~6 mins   

Tags: battery energy imaging climate-change sustainable-earth

The climate crisis: towards zero carbon

Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall DBE and leading Cambridge University researchers talk about the urgency of climate crisis – and some of the solutions that will take us towards zero carbon.

Cambridge University News
Feb. 26, 2020 | cambridge

~1 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change sustainability environment energy carbon biodiversity conservation cities policy

Women in STEM: Angela Harper

Angela Harper is a PhD candidate at the Cavendish Laboratory, a member of Churchill College, and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her work in renewable energy, setting up a Girls in STEM programme while she was an undergraduate in North Carolina, and the importance of role models when pursuing a career in STEM. 

Cambridge University News
Jan. 2, 2020 | cambridge

~4 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem physics renewable energy battery sustainable-earth

Women in STEM: Dr Jenny Zhang

Dr Jenny Zhang is a group leader and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, where she is re-wiring photosynthesis to generate renewable fuels. Here, she tells us about why she switched from cancer research to sustainability, how her Fellowship programme is helping her develop leadership skills, and why eggs in her childhood home would regularly go missing.

Cambridge University News
Dec. 5, 2019 | cambridge

~6 mins   

Tags: energy fuel solar sustainability sustainable-earth women-in-stem

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News
Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge

~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News
Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge

~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

‘Messy’ production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material’s use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting.

Cambridge University News
Nov. 11, 2019 | cambridge

~6 mins   

Tags: physics solar-cells perovskite energy advanced-materials

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.

Cambridge University News
Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge

~6 mins   

Tags: sustainability energy climate-change sustainable-earth fuel

Electronic solid could reduce carbon emissions in fridges and air conditioners

A promising replacement for the toxic and flammable greenhouse gases that are used in most refrigerators and air conditioners has been identified by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News
Oct. 9, 2019 | cambridge

~3 mins   

Tags: energy climate-change advanced-materials sustainable-earth

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