Morning, Thursday, 5th March 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will assess priorities for accelerating innovation in energy technologies in the UK - looking at both established and emerging sectors.
Areas for discussion include:
- Accelerating innovation development and adoption;
- Funding, partnerships and fostering investor confidence; and
- Skills to support energy innovation in the UK.
Key policy developments and initiatives
Discussion is expected to reflect issues related to:
- The Energy Innovation Programme - and the transition to low-carbon energy - including efficiency gains, renewables and smart technology;
- The Government’s forthcoming Energy White Paper - with its expected roadmap for UK energy policy up to 2050 - the legislated target for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050;
- The upcoming National Infrastructure Strategy - and commitments for net-zero emissions, as announced in the Spending Round;
- Renewable energy - including improvements to manufacturing techniques, flexibility, and whole-system integration;
- Natural gas - and its preparation for low-carbon targets, such as conversion to hydrogen and enhancing turbine and generator efficiency; and
- Advanced nuclear technologies - looking at policy objectives, prospects for cost reductions in small modular reactors, and fusion technology, in light of £220m recently announced for commercialising conceptual-stage power stations;
There will be a keynote contribution from Matthew Billson, Head of Strategy - Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS and a senior speaker confirmed from the Department for International Trade.
Further keynote speakers include: Willem Bode, Director, Energy, Navigant; Laura Brown, Energy Research Programme Manager, Newcastle University; Susan Falch-Lovesey, Local Liaison Officer and Skills Champion, Vattenfall; and Filippo Gaddo, Director, Energy Economics and Regulation, Arup. There will also be speakers from: Atkins UK and Europe; the National Nuclear Laboratory; the PowerHouse Energy Group; and Siemens Gas and Power.
- Investment, the Energy White Paper, and meeting net-zero emissions by 2050;
- Innovation in established and emerging energy technologies - decarbonisation, cost reduction, and bringing projects to market;
- Business development, commercialisation, and supporting investor confidence;
- Future models for investment and support - and expansion of the regulated asset base;
- Exports based on UK energy technology development - assessing the opportunities;
- Research, innovation and scalability across the energy sector:
- Growing national clusters for research and innovation in energy, and addressing regional imbalances in resources and capacity;
- Ensuring technology development works for industry - whole-system compatibility, working with supply chains, and minimising costs;
- Access to skills and technical capabilities for advanced technology, and preparing the workforce;
- Using latest developments in scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking and long-term strategies.