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STFC Futures: Energy

The Energy Futures theme is concerned with advances in fundamental science and technology necessary to develop energy supplies that will replace fossil fuels and to meet CO2 emission targets. The Global Grand Challenge is to find new and innovative ways to deliver secure, clean and efficient energy and new technology for the production, distribution and storage of energy.

On 21st and 22nd February 2013 the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Supergen Hub and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) hosted a two day workshop on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells at The Cosener’s House, Abingdon.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together the research community and STFC facility staff to identify:

  • What are the research priorities and technical challenges?
  • How can the large facilities (including computing) help provide solutions to these challenges?
  • What are the opportunities and how can the community best respond to these?

Key facts

The Energy Futures theme currently concentrates on:

  1. Development of renewable energy sources including marine, wind, solar energy and nuclear fusion;
  2. Development of systems and materials for more efficient storage of electricity, hydrogen and carbon;
  3. Development of new materials for efficient energy usage: fuel cells, etc.

Organisational Structure

Scientific organising committee:

  • Prof Nigel Brandon
  • Prof Bill David
  • Prof Nicholas Harrison
  • Dr Martin Owen Jones
  • Dr Paul Shearing
  • Prof Chiu Tang
  • Dr Michael Towrie


To discuss your ideas in this area please contact Kevin Smith.

How to Apply

This will be an informal workshop with no fees. We aim to have a relaxed atmosphere to facilitate communication between our guests. The day will consist of presentations from guest speakers and discussions. Please see the workshop programme (Word document - 836kB - link opens in a new window) for details.

Places at the workshop will be limited. There will be a workshop dinner during the evening of 21 February, and a limited amount of accommodation will be available at The Cosener’s House.

Registration is now closed.

Last updated: 09 February 2017


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