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Solar Power To The People

Step free access to venue and toilets. Toilets are gender neutral. There is also an accessible changing space with hoists.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
One Strawberry Lane, One Strawberry Lane,
Newcastle NE1 4BX
From harnessing sunlight to generate clean energy to the latest breakthroughs in photovoltaic technology, we’re bringing together experts, researchers, and enthusiasts to delve into the fascinating world of solar power. Whether you're curious about the science behind solar cells, interested in the future of renewable energy, or seeking inspiration for sustainable solutions, we promise to shine a light on the transformative potential of solar energy. Join us as we illuminate the path towards a brighter, greener tomorrow.

Fighting Climate Change with Quantum Mechanics

Dr Lucy Whalley, Northumbria University (Assistant Professor)
A recent explosion in supercomputing power means that we can simulate how atoms and electrons behave in the materials around us. See how this can be used to harness quantum mechanics and address the huge challenge of global warming. You will learn about exciting new record-breaking materials for solar cells, and you will get to "hear" the sound of materials vibrating at the quantum level. Have a drink, have some fun, and learn some quantum mechanics on the way!

The Past, Present and Future of Solar Panels

Dr Oliver S. Hutter (Assistant Professor, Northumbria University)
To alleviate the climate crisis, a step change in renewable energy generation is required, and solar power is a key part of the solution. A huge number of exciting new materials are being proposed, tested, and commercialised for the next generation of solar panels.

The Geometric Genius: Conducting The Symphony of Light Using Meta-Surfaces!

Nick L Theodorou (PhD Student, Northumbria University)
Picture a world where the ancient art of geometry holds the key to future energy solutions.

Welcome to the world of Meta-Surfaces, where command over the simple equation 1 = A (Absorption) + R (Reflection) + T (Transmission) at any frequency (ω) becomes a gateway to groundbreaking advancements in renewable energy and semiconductors. Join us for an enlightening performance, showcasing the delicate balance of shapes and patterns that command waves of light and sound, fine-tuning the flow of energy around us.

Discover how tweaking the geometry of these surfaces can lead to more efficient solar panels, enhancing their ability to harness more power from the sun or other heat sources, and how it paves the way for semiconductors that are faster, cooler, and more efficient.

Dive into the crescendo of Meta-Surfaces, where every line and loop is a note in the grand score of sustainable innovation. Let's embark on this geometric journey together, where your curiosity could illuminate the path to a brighter, greener world!

Dancing Drops: Rain, Sun, and Sustainable Spark!

Tida Moyo (PhD Student, Northumbria University)
Join me as we explore the captivating synergy of rain and sun, harnessing their power for sustainable energy. Discover the magic where rain meets sun, unlocking nature's energy potential—perfect for Newcastle's 'solar panel-resistant' weather. Gain insights into blending renewable energies, leaving inspired to embrace eco-friendly innovation.

Get ready for a journey through science with a splash of humour and endless curiosity. Just us as we turn our grey today into a greener tomorrow!
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