Lecture 4

The Potential and Limits of Renewables

Speakers at climate lecture 4

Left to right: Anne Goodwin, Jerome Baddley, Dr David Elliott

This lecture took place on 27th September 2007 at the School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham. The speakers were:

Dr David Elliott

Professor of Technology Policy and Co-director of the Energy and Environment Research Unit, Open University.

Jerome Baddley

Nottingham Energy Partnership.

Chair - Anne Goodwin

Senior Public Health Manager, Department of Health, East Midlands.


The event was organised by Health in Your Environment with the support of Climate Action Network Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council and Greater Nottingham Health and Environment Partnership.


Renewable energy sources like wind, solar voltaics and solar thermal, micro-hydro, wave and tidal energy, as well as biomass are all alternatives to fossil fuels not involving new greenhouse gas emissions. This meeting looked at how much these technologies can contribute to solving the climate emergency but also what their limits are - for example the energy and financial costs of their introduction measured against their yield. Other problems of renewables - like intermittancy of wind and solar, as well as effects on local environments were also covered. Professor David Elliott covered the national picture while Jerome Baddley of the Nottingham Energy Partnership presented a view of the potential in Nottingham.

Before the meeting started there was an opportunity to see two ecological building projects at the School of the Built Environment.



You can listen to the speakers being interviewed by our reporter Catherine Adams.

Here are the speakers' presentations.

For this lecture we only have one clip from the audience questions (5:59, 2.7MB mp3).







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