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Maths on the Move podcast episode: "Can we build a low carbon energy network?"

Listen to's 'Maths on the Move' recent podcast episode "Can we build a low carbon energy network" featuring Prof Chris Dent and Dr Lars Schewe:

"Can we build a low carbon energy network" podcast episode


To help mitigate climate change the UK government has pledged to decarbonised UK electricity supply by 2035. That's a huge science and engineering challenge on a very tight deadline. In this episode we talk to two people who know all about the challenges involved: Chris Dent, Professor of Industrial Mathematics, and Lars Schewe, Reader in Operational Research, both of the University of Edinburgh. Both helped to organise an intensive two week "deep dive" workshop on the Mathematics and statistics for low carbon energy systems earlier this year as part of a longer research programme at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI) in Cambridge.

Chris and Lars tell us why decarbonising the energy network also resents huge mathematical challenges — and why the effort isn't unlike the Apollo mission that got people to the Moon in the 1960s.

You can read more about the topic discussed in this episode in this article.