In this series, we will hear about:
- The ecological future of our planet
- The communication and scepticism of green ideas
- Advances and directions in energy and sustainability
- Animal habitats and human impact
Join us at 3pm BST/2pm GMT on the 19th April for the fourth episode in our series, with Dr Tuomas Vanhanen (Tampere University) & PhD Candidate Jasmin Ramsebner (Vienna University of Technology). This talk will centre on our energy future and on sustainable sources of energy.
Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our generation. The global consensus is clear that human activity is mostly to blame for climate change, but there is disagreement about what should be done. While there is no shortage of proposals (from the method of 'ecological footprint' and the 'polluter pays' principle) for the adaptation of technology and introduction of economic reforms, each offers a solution – but is climate change a problem we can solve?
EU's goal is a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are some of the key resources available. On the more demanding side are the heating, cooling, and industrial energy uses which constitute roughly half of all energy use in the EU - also reflecting their importance in emissions reduction.
The two most promising applications to tackle climate change in these important sectors rely heavily on the concept of sector integration: utilizing electricity from various renewable sources in the heating and cooling sectors, and converting that electricity to green hydrogen for industrial use.
We discuss these two concepts in the light of the availability of renewable energy, and the need for energy storage.
In her article, published in 2021, Ramsebner and her colleagues conclude that "Only the monthly amounts of wind speed throughout the year correlate with heating needs" whereas "windy hours and high need for heating" correlate rather poorly on a daily or weekly timescale. This would imply the need for week- or even month-long energy storage.
On the other hand, Ramsebner and her colleagues confirm that the hourly level correlation between solar and cooling needs can be strong in Central and Southern Europe. Perhaps surprisingly, there is also a moderate correlation between solar and heating in the wintertime.
The dialogue is guided by Tuomas Vanhanen (Tampere University, Finland) to highlight insights from a recent paper by researcher Jasmine Ramsebner (Technical University of Vienna, Austria).
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Full series programme:
- 4th April, 1.30pm BST How NOT to save a planet with Prof Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, the Dean of Durham Law School
- 13th April, 10am BST - The challenges of communicating climate change with Dr Christel W. van Eck, University of Amsterdam
- 19th April, 3pm BST - Achieving climate goals in the residential sector and industry: Power to heat and Green hydrogen as the most promising applications of sector integration with Dr Tuomas Vanhanen, Tampere University, Finland, and Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology
- 20th April, 4pm BST - Role of AI in Predicting Climate Disasters in Northern Regions with Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, Polytechnique Montreal and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba
- 21st April 1pm BST - The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change with Prof. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- 22nd April, 10am BST - Home away from home: The importance of sanctuaries for protecting and studying our fellow apes with PhD Candidate Jake Brooker, Durham University
- 25th April, 10am BST - Satellite Remote Sensing - a Conservation Revolution with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
- 26th April, 9am BST - Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System with Professor Neil Ward, Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich
- 28th April, 11am BST - Defusing the 2020s Heat Bomb: Getting Government Action Now with Prof Ian Budge, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
- 4th May, 3pm BST - Opportunities for storage to achieve deep decarbonization across sectors with Prof Noah Kittner, University of North Carolina System, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
- 9th May, 9am BST - Impacts of Plastics Pollution on Seabirds with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic, University of Tasmania
- 12th May, 10am BST - Biotransformation Technology: How to deliver full biological decomposition on polyolefin packaging materials in the open environment with Celine Moreira, Polymateria
Dr Tuomas Vanhanen’s goal is to lead an understandable and bold but balanced discussion about energy. He lives in Tampere, Finland, and works for the Energy Wise Cities project - a common effort of the six largest cities in Finland. The main goal of the project is to combine solutions of energy and building sectors to find new, even more efficient ways of reducing emissions. Cities will then scale the best of those solutions. Previously, he worked in the Nordic HQ of energy technology - in the coastal pearl of a city called Vaasa. At ABB his job was to keep the business booming and to provide utilities with smart grid technology., Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology
Jasmine Ramsebner has been a research assistant and PhD candidate at Energy Economics Group (EEG) since October 2018. She completed her bachelor's degree in Business and Economics in 2013 and her master's degree in Supply Chain Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2015. From 2016 - 2018 Jasmine worked in an international consulting firm before joining EEG at TU Wien. Her main area of research focuses on sustainable energy system modelling. Within these topics, she finds herself confronted with many challenges similar to her former focus in supply chain management, which dealt with integrated supply/demand system planning.
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