The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Energy Group

Welcome to the Energy Materials Group Website

Future energy strategy is one of the key issues confronting society at the present time. The debates on climate change and energy security are highlighting the need for clean, efficient and affordable power generation technologies utilising a variety of fuels. A multitude of options exist: ‘clean’ fossil fuel technologies (coal, gas and oil), nuclear power (fission and ultimately fusion), renewable sources (sun, wind, water and biomass) and advanced technologies such as fuel cells and those for a hydrogen economy.

Energy conservation also has a major role to play. In all of these areas materials developments are crucial, either for enabling new technologies or for improving the efficiency, reliability and economics of existing ones. Energy issues touch on many divisions within the Institute and are central to the activities of some committees.

However, the Energy Materials Group acts across the divisions, acting as a focus for energy sector materials activities over the whole materials life cycle. Membership of the group is drawn from all areas of energy technology and members are actively involved in the national debate through, for example, UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre), APGTF (Advanced Power Generation Task Force) and the Materials Innovation and Growth Teams.We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in the work of the group.

John Kilner
Chair, Energy Materials Group.

John Kilner

The purpose of this website is to introduce the group and its members and to highlight our activities. We hope that you find it useful and welcome any constructive feedback.

John Kilner ,
Chair, Energy Materials Group

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