TWI has been called upon to advise and support a Christmas tradition dating back almost 200 years: the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.
The theme of this year's lectures is ‘Supercharged: Fuelling the future’. Presented by Professor Saiful Islam, professor of materials chemistry at the University of Bath, the three lectures will ‘illuminate the hidden world of energy that drives everything around us’.
The Royal Institution contacted TWI for help with the third lecture in the series, ‘Fully Charged’. The lecture, focusing on energy storage, will include a demonstration of arc cutting, using two car batteries as a power source.
TWI is providing health and safety advice, along with the batteries, consumables, safety equipment and a portable fume extractor for the experiment. Two members of staff travelled to London at the end of November to oversee a test run and provide advice to Professor Islam, to make sure everything goes smoothly when the experiment is carried out during the lecture.
Professor Islam said: ‘To be the Christmas Lecturer for this 80th anniversary year is a huge honour. I'm excited that our celebration of energy offers a wonderful opportunity to explain how current cutting-edge research on clean energy technologies is founded on the Royal Institution's rich heritage of discovery by greats such as Michael Faraday. And I'm also looking forward to recreating some memorable moments from previous lectures with the help of some very special guests.’
The lecture, which is being recorded this Thursday, will be aired on BBC Four at 8pm on 28 December.
Visit the Royal Institution website to find out more.