The sectors responsible for our highest emissions are energy supply, by generating electricity from burning fuels, business, by commercial use of electricity, residential, via heating homes, and transportation. In total, these account for approximately 78% of current emissions.
In the quest to become a greener society the relationship between our extractive industries and how they collaborate with space could be key. Another key part of the puzzle could be Lithium, which can be mined right here in the UK.
Lithium is a vital component of “next-generation” batteries which will be used in electric vehicles and for the storage of renewable power. As a result of such developments, global demand for lithium is forecast to grow by around 400% by 2025. Lithium has now become a vital metal for technologies that enable a rapid transition towards a low carbon economy.
This research project focused on the development of new and innovative satellite-based techniques that have the potential to reduce the cost of lithium exploration substantially. Such remote sensing techniques can also reduce the environmental impact of exploration by enabling better targeting of prospective areas.
We are pleased to have Maggie Aderin-Pocock on board to present and introduce our first series of podcasts. A British space scientist and science educator, Maggie is an honorary research associate of University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since February 2014, she has co-presented the long-running astronomy television programme The Sky at Night with Chris Lintott. In 2020 she was awarded the Institute of Physics William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for her public engagement in physics.
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