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Personal transportation in the low carbon age

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Lecture Theatre 1

Richmond Building

Portland Street

Portsmouth

PO1 3DE

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A free public lecture by James Turner, Professor of Engines and Energy Systems at the University of Bath

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Society has become used to the fact that personal transportation is really affordable. Over the past 130 years this situation has arisen with no stimulus from government because of the favourable economics that have evolved. However, the use of fossil fuels to power transportation rightly means that action has to be taken if we are to avoid climate change.

This lecture discusses the scale of the challenge, some of the alternatives to the incumbent technology, whether these are practical to implement within the economic model, and postulates an alternative scenario which will also allow de-carbonization of petrochemicals and other transport modes. The conclusion reached, however, may not be entirely in line with current policy.

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James Turner is Professor of Engines and Energy Systems at the University of Bath. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of internal combustion engines, and is a specialist in the field of spark-ignition combustion, pressure charging, alcohol fuels, and engine concepts.

In addition to his specializations, his main area of interest is renewable energy and its application to the transport sector, with particular emphasis on the use of and possibilities afforded by alcohol fuels.

He spent over 21 years working at Lotus Engineering, and has also worked at Norton Motorcycles, Cosworth and Jaguar Land Rover.

About the organisers

This event is part of the 2019-2020 season of free public lectures for people with an interest in science. The events are organised by Portsmouth and District Physical Society in partnership with the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Portsmouth.

This is a joint lecture with IET Solent Young Professionals.

How to get to the venue

This event will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Richmond Building at the University of Portsmouth. The nearest train stations is Portsmouth and Southsea. The nearest pay-and-display car park is Milldam, off Portland Street. All buses stop at Edinburgh Road in Portsmouth City Centre, which is a 10 minute walk from the venue.

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Richmond Building

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PO1 3DE

United Kingdom

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