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Energy Institute commission calls for cooling submissions

The Birmingham Energy Institute policy commission is calling for written evidence submissions for investigation into an improved approach to cooling.

The Birmingham Energy Institute policy commission has announced a call for written evidence submissions for its investigation into an improved and sustainable systems approach to the provision of cold, or cooling.

The latest University of Birmingham policy commission is investigating how the growing demand for ‘cold’ and cooling, which is required to address global challenges of hunger, disease and population growth, can be met without causing environmental ruin.

The commission leaders are now inviting international experts from academia, NGOs and industry to attend workshops in the UK and in Asia to discuss how to ‘do cold smarter’ both in emerging markets and in the UK, which would include the following:

  • greater recycling of waste energy, including waste cold to supply cooling
  • using liquid air and other cryogens as energy vectors to store and deliver cold and power
  • developing more efficient technologies, materials and practices around cold and cooling
  • establishing a skills base that can meet the future demand for new technologies and manufacturing

The commissioners ask interested experts and organisations to submit written evidence. Considering economic, business and regulatory barriers to improving the resource efficiency of cooling, and the fiscal, policy and legislative changes that might be required to overcome them, four key themes have been identified for analysis:

  • cold and cooling technologies and innovation
  • manufacturing of cold and cooling technologies and skills
  • understanding the nature and scale of the demand for cold and cooling
  • implementing solutions and scaling up

More information about the commission and the evidence gathering process is available online at www.birmingham.ac.uk/doingcoldsmarter

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