How are large amounts of data analysed and integrated into a “smart” energy system? Is it possible to integrate nuclear power into a decentralised energy system? How can the latest energy technologies be successfully commercialised? This introductory panel will provide an overview of the state of decentralised energy technology today and set the scientific foundation for the Developing Countries and Mature Markets panels. Technical experts across academia and industry will discuss the theory and application of technologies – including energy storage and demand modelling – in the decentralised energy sector, and give us a glimpse into popular fields of research. We will also explore promising technologies in the pipeline as well as its opportunities and challenges in their commercialisation.
Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (Chair of Energy & Building Performance | UCL Energy Institute)
How does decentralised energy contribute to human development? Should grids be expanded to reach communities, or should communities build their own? Is there a role for decentralised heating systems in developing countries? This panel will answer these questions and more by exploring how decentralised energy is being used in developing countries. We will investigate current and possible applications of various decentralised energy technologies – such as microgrids, mini-renewable generation and even district heating systems – across both rural and urban spaces. With the rapid growth of these countries, the evolution of these technologies to provide ever-increasing energy services over the long term will also be discussed.
Hal Hodson (Technology Correspondent | The Economist)
Is decentralised energy really the antithesis of a centralised energy system? Will it disrupt energy supplies, or just the businesses of traditional energy utilities and generators? How can communities, governments and companies adapt or even benefit from this new paradigm? This panel will investigate how decentralised energy systems have been integrated into traditional energy systems and what regulatory, financial and technological hurdles have faced this transition. We will explore how communities have been implementing decentralised energy systems, as well as hear how cutting-edge technologies such as Demand Response Systems and Virtual Power Plants are being used today to maintain grid stability and help consumers increase energy efficiency.
Christos Markides (Leader of the Clean Energy Process Laboratory | Imperial College London)
Dieter Helm CBE
Chair | UK Government Natural Capital Committee
Managing Director | Centrica
Professor Norbert Schwieters
Global Energy Utilities and Mining Leader | PwC
Founder | The Binding Energy
Research Associate | Grantham Institute
Smart Grids Technology Lead | International Energy Agency
Micol Alessia Salmeri
Decentralised Energy Analyst | Carbon Trust
PV Microgrid PhD Researcher | Imperial College London
CEO | Pure Leapfrog
CEO | KiWi Power
Energy Trader | Next Kraftwerke
Senior Consultant | ARUP
Research Fellow | Imperial College London
Mechanical Engineer and Operations | MeshPower
Commercial Director | Open Energi
9.30 - 10.00
Panel Discussion 1
Lunch and Networking
Keynote Address - Developing Markets
Panel Discussion 2
Keynote Address - Mature Markets
Panel Discussion 3
Networking and Drinks
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