When and Where

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland - Get Directions
  • Feb 18, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The 19th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture - 'Switching on to the Energy Transition'

The need to address climate change is rapidly changing the profile of electricity generation. It underpins the need to make smart business and domestic heating and transport choices, and is seeing a big growth in distributed renewable energy.

Currently, the most mature technologies to ensure the energy transition are all based around increased electrification – which means that we will have an even greater reliance on the stability of the electricity system. Ironically, incorporating significant amounts of new technologies is threatening system security – a problem which must be solved. Engineers are working hard to provide clean energy technologies such as EVs and their associated charging networks, heat pumps, battery and other storage systems, solar and wind renewable technologies at grid and domestic scale, while exploring other options such as green hydrogen, Carbon Capture and Storage, bio-gas, wave generation and nuclear energy. 

This presentation explores the challenges of the energy transition - behind the headlines.


Professor Mark Price, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, will give the welcome address at this prestigious event, which is also part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.


There will be a networking reception for all guests from 5.30pm in Riddel Hall, with the lecture starting promptly at 6.00pm in the Isdell Courtyard.