Decentralised Energy - The New Paradigm?


Saturday 11th March 2017, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Imperial College London
Blackett Building
11 Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BB
London, UK


Panels

1. Technology: Science and Application.

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.

Moderator:

Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (Chair of Energy & Building Performance | UCL Energy Institute)

Panelists:

  • Wim Uyttenhove - Founder | The Binding Energy
  • Sheridan Few - Research Associate | The Grantham Institute
  • Helen Westhead - Senior Consultant | Arup
  • Simon Tindemans - Research Fellow | Imperial College London


2. Decentralised Energy and Developing Countries: Contributions, Opportunities and Challenges.

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.

Moderator:

Hal Hodson (Technology Correspondent | The Economist)

Panelists:

  • Luis Munuera - Smart Grids Technology Lead | International Energy Agency
  • Micol Salmeri - Decentralised Energy Analyst | Carbon Trust
  • Philip Sandwell - PV Microgrid Researcher | Imperial College London
  • Richard Mori - Mechanical Engineer & Operations | MeshPower


3. Mature Markets: Disruption from Decentralisation?

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.

Moderator:

Christos Markides (Leader of the Clean Energy Process Laboratory | Imperial College London)

Panelists:

  • Alex Germanis - CEO | Pure Leapfrog
  • Yoav Zingher - CEO & Co-Founder | KiWi Power
  • Amani Joas - Energy Trader | Next Kraftwerke
  • Chris Kimmett - Commerical Director | Open Energi

Speakers

Dieter Helm CBE
Chair | UK Government Natural Capital Committee

Jorge Pikunic
Managing Director | Centrica

Professor Norbert Schwieters
Global Energy Utilities and Mining Leader | PwC

Wim Uyttenhove
Founder | The Binding Energy

Sheridan Few
Research Associate | Grantham Institute

Luis Munuera
Smart Grids Technology Lead | International Energy Agency

Micol Alessia Salmeri
Decentralised Energy Analyst | Carbon Trust

Philip Sandwell
PV Microgrid PhD Researcher | Imperial College London

Alex Germanis
CEO | Pure Leapfrog

Yoav Zingher
CEO | KiWi Power

Amani Joas
Energy Trader | Next Kraftwerke

Helen Westhead
Senior Consultant | ARUP

Simon Tindemans
Research Fellow | Imperial College London

Richard Mori
Mechanical Engineer and Operations | MeshPower

Chris Kimmett
Commercial Director | Open Energi

Event Structure

Morning

9.30 - 10.00
Registration

10.00-10.30
Opening Keynote

10.30-12.00
Panel Discussion 1

Afternoon

12.00-13.00
Lunch and Networking

13.00-13.30
Keynote Address - Developing Markets

13.30-15.00
Panel Discussion 2

15.00-15.30
Tea Break

15.30-16.00
Keynote Address - Mature Markets

16.00-17.30
Panel Discussion 3

17.30-20.00
Networking and Drinks

Sponsors

The Summit would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

PwC

Centrica

ARUP

Next Kraftwerke

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