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Theme 3: Energy resilience

Our topic for the year was risk, resilience and response and in the third term, we talked about energy resilience. 

In April, we focused on off-grid situations and to explore existing approaches and possible challenges while using local resources. In May and June, we turned to ways in which existing bio-energy technologies linked to photosynthesis can provide sustainable and rapidly-deployable energy and the role of policy in applying the principles of the circular economy to bioenergy provision. 

As always, a panel of three witnesses joined us each month and to provide their perspective on gaps and future research questions, followed by an open question and answer session. 

Living off the grid

On the 19th April, the Head of Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit from European Commission, Joint Research Centre joined an affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies and the scientific advisor of the 'Smart Villages Initiative' to give us an overview on off-grid situations and to explore existing approaches and possible challenges while using local resources. 

Emerging technologies

On the 10th May, we turn to off grid technologies. A specialist on anaerobic digestion joined an expert on waste solutions and a professor that uses algal biochemistry to produce electricity to talk about how how existing bio-energy technologies linked to photosynthesis can provide a sustainable or a rapidly-deployable solution'.   

Catalyzing changes in energy

At our final meeting of the term in June, the Head of European Energy Markets at Ofgem joined an expert in Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Footprint at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) and the co-director of ICEPT-Centre for Energy Policy and Technology to bring a policy perspective to the discussion and talk about ideas inspired by the concept of a circular economy.

For more information about these meetings, please follow the links on the right or e-mail Dr Konstantina Stamati (ks712@cam.ac.uk)