Building a Smart Future, the first in a planned series of smart grid events organised by Cleantech Investor, takes place on 3rd October 2013. The event will explore the key technology areas within the broad smart grid sector and the drivers for adoption, with a particular focus on the UK market.
Within smart meters alone, GBI Research anticipates that market penetration is set to rise from current levels of around 5% to at least 55% - or 719.3 million meters - globally by 2020. Other key technologies include HVDC transmission, broadband over powerline and energy storage – with the latter permitting the integration of increased levels of renewable energy into the grid.
Research undertaken last year on behalf of SmartGrid GB forecast that the UK could be at the forefront of smart grid technology if it takes an innovative approach and acts quickly. It estimated that it could help create around 10,000 jobs and contribute £13 billion to the economy, creating a £5 billion export market.
Yet, to date, the success rate of smart grid projects has been mixed, with many energy storage projects still at the pilot stage. While the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the preferred bidders for its smart grid infrastructure competition in mid—August, the mass roll out of smart meters has been delayed. In May DECC announced that the first stage of the introduction of smart meters would be pushed back to autumn 2015 (completion due by 2020), in order to provide suppliers with more time to design and test their systems.
This event aims to shed light on the critical issues at the heart of smart grid development. Focused on the development and deployment of the smart grid in the UK,Building a Smart Future will be hosted by Smith & Williamson at its offices in Moorgate, in the City of London. The planned agenda is as follows:
8.00 am - Registration
8.15 am - Buffet breakfast and networking
9.00 am - 10.00 am – Presentations
10.00 am - Break
10.10 am - 11.00 am - Presentations
11.20 am - Event ends
Felicia Jackson (Chair), Editor-at-large, Cleantech Magazine
Felicia is editor-at-large of Cleantech Magazine, part of Cleantech Investor Ltd. She specialises in research into policy, technology and investment issues in addressing the climate and energy challenges of the 21st century. An experienced entrepreneur director, she has set up and run a number of businesses, and was founding editor of what is now Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She is the author of Conquering Carbon, an examination of the critical issues around the transition to a low carbon economy. Felicia has an MA from Bristol University, and is currently undertaking an MSc at SOAS.
Andrew Jones, Managing Director EMEA, S&C Electric
Andrew Jones has exceptional technical knowledge in the energy sector, specialising in smart grid technology, and has published over 30 papers and he has been involved as a BEAMA, British Standard, CIGRE and IEC bodies. Andrew regularly speaks across a wide range of energy topics, including smart grid technology, connecting renewables to the grid, transportation and distribution, energy security, energy storage and supply and communications.
S&C Electric is managing the Smarter Networks Project, a 6MW/10MWh commercial and technical "big battery" trial at a substation in Leighton Buzzard, on behalf of UK Power Networks, a UK electricity distributor, The project will assess the viability of energy storage as an alternative to traditional network reinforcement.
Nick Butlin, Operations Director, KiWi Power
Nick has extensive experience in demand response, power, infrastructure and system development having spent over 10 years in the aerospace, defence and utility sectors in complex engineering project, operational and strategic roles. After leaving the aerospace industry, Nick founded a micro-hydro business before moving into demand response in 2010 shortly after the founding of KiWi Power. Nick holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nottingham, CIMA AdvDip in Management Accounting and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
KiWi Power is a smart grid company specialising in demand response (managing the demand side of energy consumption) for large industrial and commercial consumers of electricity and for government regulators.
Martyn Thomas CBE FREng
Martyn Thomas, Chair, IT Policy Panel, IET & Vice-President, Royal Academy of Engineering is an independent consultant software engineer - Martyn Thomas Associates Ltd. He acts as an expert witness where complex software engineering issues are involved.
In 1983 he co-founded Praxis, to exploit modern software development methods. In 1986 Praxis became the first independent systems house to achieve BS 5750 (later ISO 9001) certification for all its activities. Praxis became internationally recognised as a leader in the use of rigorous software engineering, including formal methods, and grew to around 200 staff. In December 1992, Praxis was sold to Deloitte and Touche, and Martyn became a Deloitte Consulting international partner whilst remaining Chairman and, later, Managing Director of Praxis. He left Deloitte Consulting in 1997.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a professional organisation sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology.
The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK’s national academy for engineering; it promotes excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.
Nigel Hughes, Vice President, Sales Marketing & Deliveries, Energy, Northern Europe, Itron
Nigel graduated from university with an honours degree in business and financial economics and spent the first years of his career as a financial controller within the telecoms industry where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Nigel joined Itron in 1998 as financial controller at one of Itron’s Gas manufacturing facilities before progressing to hold a variety of roles in group audit and special projects. In 2003 Nigel headed up Itron’s UK Water and Heat businesses and successfully transformed the business to become the leading provider of AMR equipped meters and solutions to industry. Since 2010 Nigel has taken leadership positions for Itron’s UK Gas and Electricity businesses and was recently appointed Vice President Sales, Marketing and Deliveries for Itron’s Northern Europe Energy businesses.
Itron is a global technology company which builds solutions which help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Itron's services include: consulting, efficiency and demand response programme evaluation, and system and solution integration.
Dave Holmes, Managing Director, Quarry Battery Co.
After completing the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge, Dave attended an MSc in Energy from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. Following his studies he joined a startup energy and carbon consultancy called CarbonPlan and in 2010 led the spin-off company Quarry Battery Company.
QBC raised over £1m from angel investors and recently achieved planning consent for a 600MWh Pumped Storage scheme in North Wales. QBC is now in the process of assembling a turnkey development package, with an estimated construction start in 18 months. QBC believes that the time is ripe for new storage in the UK, and seeks to bring more Pumped Storage and other technologies to market.
As the UK government delays the rollout to 2015, will smart metering be a market game changer or missed opportunity for UK technology companies?
Is this a distribution issue, or a new technology issue? Smart grid technologies will range from static VAR compensators and syncrophasers within the grid, advanced energy storage at transmission, distribution and residential levels, dynamic pricing demand response, virtual power plants, microgrids and smart renewable energy technologies.
How can we achieve cost-competitive grid-scale energy storage for peak shaving, renewables firming, and transmission and distribution deferral?
Who should attend?
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