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James Clerk Maxwell's Contribution to Renewables 6pm Tues 5 Mar Old College

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MacLaren Stuart Room (G.158) Old College

University of Edinburgh

South Bridge

Edinburgh

EH8 9YL

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You are invited to "James Clerk Maxwell: his contribution to Scotland’s all-renewable electricity target" with Keith Barnham, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College London.

6 for 6.30-8.30pm Tues 5 March, MacLaren Stuart Rm (G.158) Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL. Refreshments from 6pm.

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Background: Scotland - aiming to generate as much power from renewable sources as it will use in 2020 - is at the forefront of renewable energy; but not many are aware that the first step in the solar revolution was taken by Scottish theoretical physicist James Clerk Maxwell. He discovered the nature of sunlight as an electromagnetic wave form.

Keith will set out the scientific importance of Maxwell’s discovery and describe how it has been vital to both the Communications and the Solar Revolutions. He will show how Maxwell’s ideas are particularly important for Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) panels which will play a crucial role in Scotland’s progress towards an all-renewable electricity supply.

Keith will share his views on the Solar Revolution and the part it can play in a Carbon Neutral Scotland.

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6.00pm Registration with free refreshments and drinks
6.30pm Welcome
6.40pm Keith shares his admiration of James Clerk Maxwell
7.15pm Q&A on the history of the Science of Sunlight
7.45pm Guided discussion on the role Solar Energy can play
8.15pm Review points emerging and close at 8.30pm

Speaker bio: Keith Barnham contributes to the University of Edinburgh's MSc in Carbon Management. He started his research career in particle physics at the University of Birmingham, CERN and the University of California, Berkeley. Mid-career, at Imperial College London, he switched to researching solar cells after spending a year at Philips Research Laboratories in Redhill.

Keith's Quantum Photovoltaic group at Imperial developed a novel concentrator solar cell using nano-structured quantum well technology. In commercial production this achieved three times the efficiency of today’s panels. He is author of The Burning Answer: a User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution, (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2015).

See more on the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, based in his birthplace in the New Town.

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EH8 9YL

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