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12/06/17  Whole systems thinking, energy storage & investment discussed next week at 8th Smart Grids

The ARM-sponsored 8th international annual Smart Grids Cleanpower conference (19-20 June in Cambridge), sees sessions on whole systems thinking from National Grid, state of the art energy storage technologies from the ESA, deep energy technology from IBM & Electron, and further keynotes from Arrowhead, RWE, EON and UK Power Networks.

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Organisers C4IR say:

We continue to live in interesting times. This forum is a great opportunity to meet after the dust has settled on a snap general election the UK. Energy issues do not abate. We bring together some of the key large UK and international players in energy infrastructure to discuss policy, technology and investment. 

National grid will talk about how they see systemics developing in energy. EON present their mathematical models (for the non-mathematician) to the plenary. RWE ask questions and offer solutions to better functioning energy markets. Sponsors UtilityWise and NERA discuss the transactive grid and energy markets.

ARM IOT covers maintaining leadership in a rapidly developing market with equally rapid technology evolution is a growing multidisciplinary challenge for both small and multinational enterprises.

IBM cover a range of deep technologies that focus on energy, consumer, operation and information. Arrowhead, a major EU smart grids project based out of Sweden, will cover approaches to engineering automation in the grid. UK Power Networks will look at micro-grids.

The Energy Storage Association, via colleagues from the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton, will discuss the range of micro- and grid-scale energy storage technologies that will open the door further for renewable energy in a smart grid.

The renowned Cambridge Consultants will look at frameworks for innovation in energy and Accelerated Ventures will speak on investing in energy innovation and host some pitches from scale-up innovation companies, watched by a number of other private equity, VC and angel investors.

The government via BEIS and InnovateUK will also cover how they see investment in supporting innovation for the grid. TV cameras, bloggers and science and technology magazine media will be there to interview speakers and capture the latest thinking in energy systems.

"We look forward to another excellent conference," said Dr Justin Hayward of C4IR, which creates and organises this conference within the C4IR event series.

Gavin Jones, conference co-chair said: "2017 feels like a year in which major change in smart energy in the UK seem close. Yet what that change is, is unclear.

"We'll see:

  • the smart meter rollout starting, bringing smart technology into homes across the country;
  • possible booms in the development of storage, reducing costs of renewables technology;
  • the first subsidy-free bid for provision of offshore wind in Germany;
  • and National Grid and Google working on the use of artificial intelligence in energy.

"On the other hand, we have the following combination of uncertainties:

  • our future access to international energy;
  • the impact of political attempts to fix the failures of our energy market;
  • the growing impact on communities and business of living the most expensive energy in the developed world;
  • and future changes in how our electricity system will be managed.

"The conference centres on the perfect area for fascinating conversations!"

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