UCL Energy Institute


UCL-Energy seminar: 'Feeding the Leviathan - People, Energy and Time', Dr Mark Barrett, Senior Lecturer, UCL Energy Institute

23 April 2013, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm


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UCL Energy Institute

Using energy models, this seminar will look at energy and the evolution of society (the Leviathan), its growth and its physiology over the period from 0 AD to 2300 AD. How has Leviathan grown, and how will it be fed in the coming years and at the same time protect its environment?

We will look at the Leviathan’s:

· Evolution over centuries. 0 AD to 2300 AD. Evolution of the global organism.

· Growth over decades. 1990 to 2050. What scenarios are feasible given the possible rates of change to the populations and behaviour of people and energy technologies? This is explored with the SEEScen (Society, Energy Environment Scenario) model.

· Physiology over hours. How will Leviathan’s national energy system function in its varying environment given people’s activity patterns and conventional and renewables resources – will the system actually work hour by hour? Explored with the DynEMo (Dynamic Energy Model) model.

About the speaker:

Dr Mark Barrett (Systems) brought new systems modeling skills to UCL via a short-term Platform funded fellowship. He moved to a RCUK Academic Fellowship and is now a Senior Lecturer. As a consultant and academic, he has 30 years' experience modelling and developing policies for energy demand and supply systems, and transport systems so as to meet environmental, economic and energy objectives. He has developed overall scenarios of energy and emissions, and the transport (surface and aviation) and electricity sectors in European countries, including trade optimisation.

He has worked at international, national and regional levels in the UK, Europe and Asia for clients including Universities, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, UK Government departments, the Japan Clean Air Programme, local authorities, private companies and consultancies, and non-governmental environmental organisations.

Dr Barrett is currently a Co-I on the EDF/EPSRC ‘Energy People and Buildings’ project, the EPSRC funded ‘Low Carbon Shipping’ project and Energy Technology Institute funded projects on ‘Distributed Energy and Thermal Efficiency’ in the domestic sector.

We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so that your ticket can be reallocated,  email  energy-events@ucl.ac.uk

The presentation will promptly start at 5.30pm and will be followed by drinks and nibbles at 6.30pm and the opportunity to network.

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