By sharing knowledge, changing the way we behave and driving advances in technology the strain on the world’s resources can be reduced, more sustainable sources of energy developed and emissions reduced.
Each year the UK consumes the equivalent of around 160 million tonnes of oil to meet its energy demands. With many of our ageing power stations going offline during the coming decade, North Sea oil and gas resources becoming increasingly scarce, the oil price dropping substantially and ambitious targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions proposed, there are significant challenges ahead for the way in which we source, distribute and use energy.
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The current status and future prospects of “the Holy Grail” of energy assessed
Predictions on the future of the manufacturing engineer as foretold in a joint IMechE/IET member survey
The Institution commissioned research into public understanding of the sources of greenhouse gas emissions and attitudes towards Government policy to reduce pollution from road transport.
A complementary approach using sustainable and low carbon fuels
The nature of local energy is changing fast. Instead of single technology projects that generate heat and/or electricity, we are now seeing more joined-up schemes that might involve energy storage, smart demand management, and more consumer engagement.
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A set of six technical volumes has been developed, which summarise the state of the art in single phase heat transfer and natural convection for advanced nuclear technologies (water, high temperature gas, liquid metal and molten salt).
Our Engineering Policy Unit works closely with members to raise the profile of engineers and engineering potential, to generate discussion and provide thought leadership.
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Our renewable energy guide provides a snapshot of the solar, wind, wave and tidal energy sectors.
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Our fossil energy guide provides an overview of the three most popular types of fossil fuels and how they are used.
Our guide provides a brief overview of how nuclear power stations work.
Find out about the history of nuclear power in Britain, as well as energy plans for the future.
Find out more about the nations that have nuclear power, and those that have given it up.
This guide gives an overview of the long term outlook for nuclear power.