Conference

Speaker Highlights

Caroline Bragg

Head of Policy at The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE)

Aazzum Yassir

Sales Director at Honeywell Renewables

Dr Irene Di Martino

Executive Vice President at Amp X

Andrew McKenzie

Microgrid Lead UK & I at Schneider Electric

Ben Godfrey

Distribution System Operator Manager at Western Power Distribution

Emma Piercy

Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy at Food & Drink Federation

Ben Walsh

Deputy Director - Foundation Industries Challenge at Innovate UK

Laura Bishop

Director at Infinitas Design Ltd

Philip Steele

Future Technologies Evangelist at Octopus Energy

Key:
Wednesday, 8th, December - Track 1: Policies, Regulations and Strategies
Wednesday, 8th, December - Track 2: Technologies and Innovation

2021 marks a pivotal point for the distributed energy sector. Technological innovations are enabling businesses to be far smarter in the way they acquire and use their energy. Onsite generation, energy storage and advanced energy management technologies can mean increased efficiencies, lower carbon emissions and lower energy costs.

This keynote session will set the scene for the rest of the conference, providing an update on the current state of the market, regulatory issues and policies that will affect energy strategies in the future.

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10:30 am

Short Break
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Achieving a net-zero energy system by 2050 will require major changes to the UK’s approach to heat, power and transportation with flexibility and decentralisation being crucial to this success.

This session will take a look at the role of flexibility within a net-zero energy system and the practical implications of increasing flexible assets including policy implications and recommendations along with technology options.

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Achieving a net-zero energy system by 2050 will require major changes to the UK’s approach to heat, power and transportation with flexibility and decentralisation being crucial to this success.

This keynote session will take a look at the role of flexibility within a net-zero energy system and the practical implications of increasing flexible assets including policy implications and recommendations along with technology options.

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11:45 am

Short Break
11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Building your energy flexibility can be a useful way of reducing costs and carbon emissions but the landscape is changing all the time. Flexibility can be a fantastic opportunity for energy users but making sure you are using your assets to the full extent of their potential is not as straight-forward as it may seem.

This session will look at the considerations, challenges and opportunities around participating in flexible energy systems.

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Building your energy flexibility can be a useful way of reducing costs and carbon emissions but the landscape is changing all the time. Flexibility can be a fantastic opportunity for energy users but making sure you are using your assets to the full extent of their potential is not as straight-forward as it may seem.

This session will look at the considerations, challenges and opportunities around participating in flexible energy systems.

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Heat networks are a well-established technology in many parts of Europe and offer significant opportunities to reduce energy costs along with carbon emissions. Seen as a key part of the UK’s drive towards Net Zero, heat networks are becoming increasingly popular.

This session will take a look at the technologies on offer, the opportunities presented and the many operational considerations when thinking about heat networks .

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1:00 pm

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This session will take a look at cutting-edge power generation technologies capable of making a big difference to businesses looking to reduce their reliance on the national grid. We will look at both renewables and non-renewable technologies and at the true costs and impact of each technology.

Following the UK Government’s announcement of a £1bn investment in an Industrial Decarbonisation strategy, the race is on to reduce and offset the UK energy industry, with power acquisition, efficiency and consumption being at the heart of the issue. In the past there were very clear parallels between reducing costs and the environmental impact but there has been a divergence recently. Often the cheapest options are not the most sustainable and there are usually both positive and negative consequences for every path chosen.

This session will take a high-level view of the options available and the important considerations when looking to de-carbonise your industrial operation.

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Innovation is the lifeblood of the energy sector with new technologies enabling industrial and commercial energy users to optimise their energy use. With net-zero targets and rising energy prices putting increasing pressure on industries, technological innovation holds the key to creating an efficient and flexible energy system in the future.

This session will examine some of the latest innovations in energy storage, management and generation technologies available today to decarbonise, reduce overheads, improve operational efficiency, increase security and accessibility of assets all contributing towards security and resilience of supply.

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3:00 pm

Short Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Whether you are generating electricity on-site or looking to make more efficient use of the power coming from the grid, energy storage can be the key to truly unlocking the potential of your energy flexibility. This flexibility comes at an often eye-watering cost and truly understanding the long-term benefits of the available technologies is essential.

This session will take a look at some of the latest developments in battery technology along with some of the leading alternative means of storing power.

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In industrial settings, heat accounts for a large proportion of both energy costs and carbon emissions. Utilising effective heat strategies can put an organisation on the path to achieving their net-zero ambitions. Whether this saves money in the short term, the answer is more complicated – increased sustainability does not necessarily mean lower costs.

This session will examine the decarbonisation of heat in industrial settings and provide an overview of the available paths as well as the considerations when developing a strategy.

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Flexibility is the future. At least that seems to be the opinion of the government and regulators in the UK. Installing flexible assets is just one part of the puzzle, ensuring you are getting the best value from them is key.

This session will examine the considerations for operating flexible energy systems including the operation and monitoring of assets whilst also looking at business models and technologies that can ensure energy systems are delivering maximum financial benefit.  

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Key:
Thursday, 9th, December - Track 1: Policies, Regulations and Strategies
Thursday, 9th, December - Track 2: Technologies and Innovation

As the UK’s energy infrastructure continues along its path to decentralisation, local energy systems are becoming increasingly likely in forming a significant part of the nation’s energy strategy.

Utilising existing technologies to enable energy to be used closer to the point of creation sounds like a sensible approach but many hurdles will need to be overcome to achieve success. Who is responsible for managing these systems? Is there enough incentive for the private sector and innovators to seize the opportunities? Are we sacrificing some of the almost impeccable reliability of our current centralised system?

This session will look at current projects, technologies and the future opportunities for the energy sector.

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For the UK to come close to achieving its net zero ambitions, major changes will need to be made to the way that high intensity energy users acquire their energy. Fuel Cells are a proven technology that could have a key role to play in creating a low carbon, decentralised energy system but many energy users have questions about the practicalities of the technology.

This session will drill down into the technology and the potential gains and pitfalls of implementing fuel cells within a facility.

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10:30 am

Short Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Energy technologies, market conditions, regulations and sustainability targets all contribute to a constantly moving and evolving foundation on which to build a robust energy strategy. Planning for the long term can be fraught with risks and variables that mean the right decision for today, could be the wrong decision for the future. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to protect your business and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

This session will examine some of the considerations when looking to achieve maximum return from your energy assets.

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Combined heat and power can form profitable decarbonisation utilising green gases, including hydrogen and biomethane and hybrid power solutions. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) can provide a profitable path to decarbonisation, utilising green gases, including hydrogen, biomethane and hybrid power solutions. Industrial energy users stand to benefit a lot from a CHP system both in terms of reducing overheads and improving the sustainability of their operation.

This session will provide a practical guide to the technology and the considerations associated with designing, installing and operating a CHP system.

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12:00 pm

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What could be a better representative of a decentralised energy system than thousands of energy storage devices, owned by consumers and supporting the power grid to provide stability? Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) could utilise the batteries in electric vehicles to optimise the power grid, potentially saving energy users money. With several pilot schemes underway and the backing of some household names, the concept is extremely promising, to the extent that V2G could become a central part of the UK’s net zero plans.

This session will look at the technology, how it might work in the future and who stands to benefit.

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Over 42% of the UK’s carbon emissions are caused by heat generation so the electrification of heat, just like transportation, could prove to be a significant step towards the country’s net zero ambitions. There are clear opportunities to improve sustainability credentials by utilising heat pumps which do not directly issue any emissions, but there are plenty of other factors to consider, not least the costs along with the true net benefit to your carbon output.

This session will examine the technology as well as the ongoing operational and maintenance considerations for heat pumps in commercial and industrial settings.

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2:00 pm

Conference Ends
2:00 pm -