22 May 2019
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In order to meet the ever increasing demand for electricity from an ever increasing global population whilst minimising impact on climate change it will be necessary to utilise renewable energy sources to a greater degree.This lecture will explore the historical use of fossil fuels, how future needs can be addressed and the role of Chemistry must play, not forgetting science and engineering too, to forge a sustainable future for generations to come. An energy source mix may be the answer but is it achievable?
A further important consideration with regard to renewable energy is supply and demand. Most forms of renewable energy are not constant – solar energy requires sunshine, wind requires air movement, tides are a twice daily occurrence etc. So the flip side of the coin to renewable energy is energy storage. Again Chemistry has a pivotal role to play here through, for example, batteries or the energy stored in a chemical bond. These aspects and more will be discussed in the lecture and should provide a platform for a lively debate.
Alma mater of University of Edinburgh
Lesley Yellowlees is an Inorganic Chemist with interests in renewable energy, public engagement of science and promoting women in science. Lesley was Head of the School of Chemistry and then Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, retiring in 2017.
She was President of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 2012–14, their first woman president in 175 years. She was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science, a CBE for services to Chemistry in 2014 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012. Currently she sits on Edinburgh Napier University Court, the Scottish Funding Council Board and the CaSE Board, chairs the Learned Societies Group of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is part of the Athena Swan review group.
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