10.05.17: The Burning Answer – A Solar revolution in Britain is Close


THE BURNING ANSWER: A Solar revolution in Britain is closer than you think

‘It only works where it’s sunny’
‘We’ll still need nuclear as a backup’
‘It’s too expensive’


You will have undoubtedly heard some of these statements about Solar power and it’s spin offs, but Emeritus Professor of Physics, and Distinguished Research Fellow of Imperial College London KEITH BARNHAM came to the Oxford Energy Society to mythbust like you’ve never heard before.

He provided evidence for an all-renewable electricity supply based on wind, photovoltaic (PV) and bio-electric power that is more reliable, cheaper and closer than you might think, with all the details laid bare, topics ranging from artificial leaves and solar concentrators to cars powered by ethanol generating domestic rooftop systems – and how to implement them now with political support.

Keith Barnham started his research career in particle physics at the University of Birmingham, CERN and the University of California, Berkeley. Mid-career, at Imperial College London, he switched to researching solar power after spending a year at Philips Research Laboratories in Redhill. His Quantum Photovoltaic group at Imperial developed a novel concentrator solar cell using quantum well technology. In commercial production this cell achieved three times the efficiency of today’s rooftop panels. He is author of the book ‘The Burning Answer: a User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution” (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2015).