Podcast series: Keeping the lights on

A three-part podcast series where we dig deeper into the global challenge of keeping the lights on while driving towards decarbonisation.

The world is facing conflicting energy challenges; meeting global demand for energy, while reducing emissions to try and tackle the climate change emergency.

'Keeping the lights on' is a three-part energy beacon podcast series that features experts from across the University, debating issues of decarbonisation, network resilience, extreme weather events and the climate crisis, shining a light on the problems facing industry, governments and consumers in 2020 and the solutions we are delivering at Manchester.

Stream all three episodes to get to the heart of the energy challenges we face today and discover what our academics recommend we do to address these.

Episode one: Decarbonising energy generation

Nuclear power plant

In this podcast Professor Abbie Jones, Chair in Nuclear Graphite at the Dalton Nuclear Institute, and Dr Andrew Welfle, Research Fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, discuss nuclear and bioenergy as clean sources of energy generation.

Discover the clean energy innovations taking place across nuclear and bioenergy and what this means for the future supply.


Episode two: Network resilience

Network behind city

Infrastructure improvements are necessary to avoid energy shortfalls and work to enhance our energy network is vital.

In this episode we are joined by Dr Mathaios Panteli, Lecturer in Resilient, Low-Carbon Energy Systems, Dr Vidyadhar Peesapati, a Knowledge Transfer Research Fellow and Matt Nobel, a PhD Student, to understand the advances being developed to ensure the resilience of our supply.


Episode three: Achieving net zero

There is no planet B placard

What can we do as citizens to meet our electricity demand against the net zero challenge? John Broderick, Lecturer at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, outlines the scale of the global emergency and the key actions we can take that will make a difference as we try to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Find out more with Policy@Manchester's publication 'On Net Zero'.