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Smart Grids & Cleanpower: an overview of 5 June 2013

Dear colleague

SGCP 2013 is an exciting one-day conference expo in two streams for corporates, investors and entrepreneurs building businesses in the connected intelligence for grids and power sector. The conference is in its 5th year. We want to inform, inspire and connect the people and companies building & securing the smart grid and enabling safer cleaner lower-cost power generation.

Why attend SGCP – what this conference expo gives you

The double-stream conference brings together brands implementing connected intelligence and the disruptive tech companies supplying them to discuss smart grids “The Grid of Things” and transition energy security.

The Lead Sponsor is ARM. Speakers include ARM, Energy Saving Trust, Cyan Technology, BPAE, Anglian Water, National Grid, National Nuclear Lab, National Physical Lab, UK Power Networks, S&C tbc, Trilliant, ETI, DECC, Ofgem, Intellisense, Moixa Energy and AlertMe (see web for longer list andagenda).

Some who will be there: Cambridge University, Imperial College, Marshall Group, Anglian Water, Hitachi Europe Future Cities, Energy Saving Trust, NPL, TTP Ventures, Dawe Media, Fault Current Ltd, Maosco Ltd, Multos, Isentropic Ltd, AlertMe Ltd, Polysolar Ltd, Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd, Green Tide Ltd, JKPM Ltd, Energence Ltd, Metric Digital, EDW Tech Ltd, Cyan Technology Ltd, Shirlaws, Trillion Fund, UKTI East, Alconbury Enterprise, Autodesk, Trilliant, S & C Electric, BPVA, KISS Comms Ltd, Quench Power Ltd, Venner Shipley LLP, Cambridge Design Partnership Ltd, The Guardian Newspaper, UK Power Networks, BP plc,National Grid, Ofgem, Intellisense, Buro Happold, Durham University, Electralink, NNL, Ofgem, Sainsbury’s plc, DECC, ETI, Solar Century plc, Renesola, Emblem Ventures, UKERC, Oxford University, Moixa Energy, Adapt Commercial Ltd, Poyry, Mansion Partners, Xsilon Ltd, PassivSystems, Nanoforce Ltd, Gazprom, Qatar Developments, greenBRIDGE, New Laws Legal, EDF Energy, Clean Capital Advisors, Low Carbon KEEP Programme, CreativeZones, FusionIP, Sentec, Cambashi.

Media Partners include Business Weekly, Cleantech Investor Magazine, Clean Capital Network, Connected Clusters, Cleantech Business News and Smart Grids Careers: a lot of publicity!

Using probably the best & most comfortable venue in Cambridge, we offer many hours of pleasant, great networking with a lunch as well as structured and unstructured sessions and Q&A throughout the day.

Interested in exhibiting?

There is still some space for showing off what you do in the conference networking hours including lunch so please do get in touch.

Rising stars in grids and power

A key part of the programme is showcasing with innovation pitches, hosted this year by experienced investor Clennell Collingwood of TTP Ventures, the best of the innovators that are making the connected intelligence, grid technology & power generation deployment. Companies with the greatest market potential will meet customers, investors and press. If you have a successful or new business in grids and power, take an expo showcase space here (only 2 spots remain).

You can find out more and register here (http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/register) for SGCP13 and/or HVM & iWATER November on the info webpage here.

By calling 01223 303500 to book and telling us that you heard about this through Cleantech Investor Magazine, we will give you a 20% discount from the exec and investor rates.

Justin Hayward

CIR Conferences in Cleantech and HVM

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More info about future events – speaking, sponsorship & registration

Conferences upcoming (call 01223 303500 to plan a great marketing programme):

Smart Grids & Cleanpower, 5 June, Cambridge

HVM Graphene Disruptive, 5 November, Cambridge

iWATER & iHEAT, 5 November, Cambridge

National Competencies & CIR Conferences 2013

The competencies of UK industry as identified by the top institute for manufacturing in the UK, the IfM, are covered by the conferences in HVM and Cleantech in 2013.

CIR is offering a passport for the year, which costs £520 and will enable access to 4 all-day high-quality conferences throughout the year, beginning with Smart Grids & Cleanpower on June 5 and going on to a water-based general Cleantech Conference iWATER & HVM Disruptive on November 5. The typical cost to attend a single conference is £325, and conferences of this type are attended for around £900/day in certain quarters in London, so that this year pass is great value.

In particular, energy generation, management and storage are covered at Smart Grids and Cleanpower, with the themes “Grid of Things” and “Transition Technologies” respectively.

Along with iWATER and HEAT & SHIFT later in the year on 5 November, these cleantech conferences cover business and market growth and the issues of scarcity of energy and other resources.

The second broad category competence mentioned by the IfM is that of competitiveness, efficiency and effective manufacturing systems. This broad area is covered on November 5 at HVM Disruptive – a follow-up to the successful 10th Anniversary HVM Conference in 2012. In particular, the role of government in industry is considered. But the main focus will be on disruptive technologies.

Sectors to be covered across the HVM conference are:

  • materials: composites and coatings (inks, adhesives etc)
  • nanoelectronics, photonics, devices, sensors,
  • energy & storage – as we saw
  • biotech applications

More agile methods, such as 3D/additive printing will be covered on November 5 in connection with the new material graphene. These along with the experience economy represent a whole paradigm shift for sustained growth in Western economies.

The whole area of “Smart” through “embedded, connected intelligence everywhere” is covered in the cleantech events on smart grids (June 5), industrial (clean)power generation (June 5), water tech for smart homes and factories (Nov 5).

Building new business models to realise superior value networks is a core competence of CIR Strategy, which organises this year’s series of HVM and cleantech conferences in the Golden Triangle of Cambridge, London and Oxford.

CIR espouses the understanding of value networks rather than supply chains and is expert in advising on these and in designing conferences to bring together the relevant stakeholders in a value network. The rigorous method behind much of this is called “Routes to Value”.

CIR believes that there is excellent growth to be obtained in Western, mature economies that are faltering and growing much more slowly than developing markets. This additional growth and value can be added through service design so that customers can buy and use products and services more easily, and in a more engaging way. This leads to the more developed experience economy. A series of experience services can be called a transformation. Transforming your clients is a goal that all businesses in the UK should be looking to achieve. Doing so would engender the kind of growth that we have seen elsewhere in the world over the last 10-20 years and make a great number of lives in the West and elsewhere better.

Therefore, all five strategic themes within the IfM report for the TSB in 2012 are covered by the HVM and Cleantech Conferences by CIR in 2013. A passport for just £520 can be obtained for executives seeking to go on this journey in 2013, building knowledge, connections and doing business.

CIR very much looks forward to seeing you at the conferences on June 5 and November 5, 2013.

You can sign up for a 2013 HVM and Cleantech passport up to 31 March 2013 by calling us at 01223 303500 or emailing events@cir-strategy.com. Or you can book directly for a specific conference here (buy tickets).

 

 

iHEAT Conference enabled optimal intelligent heating system

Plenty of “small fry” aka exciting startups and SMEs made up the programme for the first HEAT conference focusing on intelligent heating systems in Cambridge in November 2012. Companies expert in accumulator tanks, heat metering, control systems and intelligent automation joined to provide the basis for liberating the householder from the worry of reducing their heating bill & carbon as best they can.

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The problem of reducing the heating bill & carbon as best one can is initially supported across the board by the ingenuity of ARM’s engineers who design chips that minimise the energy used by sensors and control systems and do so with maximal utility and intelligence.

ARM sponsored the conferences iHEAT and iWATER in November 2012 and spoke of the idea of partnership driving innovation in energy efficiency. Keith Clarke of ARM mentioned OECD forecasts of a very different world in the medium term of 20 years’ horizon, where the middle class, living much as most do in the UK and “West” live now, will increase globally by 3 billion people! The same source suggests an increase in energy usage of 60% to 2030, something which BPAE’s Katrina Landis has highlighted at CIR Events before. ARM also noted that 18 countries are estimated to see a water shortage in the next 13 years to 2025.

With this backdrop, there are huge opportunities and indeed imperatives for efficiency and innovative solutions in data and services for the sectors of consumer products & systems, infrastructure, transport, power generation and industry and transmission.

For ARM, intelligence is emerging everywhere – in cars, homes, smart devices – even street lighting. ARM calls this the Architecture of the Digital World.

There is a “connectivity gap” which ARM hopes to help solve, where one has long communications distances, short battery life and very high cost – moving this to shorter distances, long life and low cost.

ARM also believes in and supports an internet of things architecture (see the iotaforum.com site) rather than an internet of silos (the higher “entropy” result of organic growth).

Galu Accumulator Tanks spoke after ARM plc as an up and coming startup manufacturing products that will be a key pivot in the move towards optimal cost, carbon and convenience home heating and energy systems.

The important departure from the typical British home is that the hot water storage tank is no longer a small copper tin with something akin to zip-up pyjamas as insulation, and which goes cold overnight. It is now a larger, highly-insulated store, which loses only a degree centigrade overnight and thereby opens up the possibility of storing the resultant energy until needed.

We can also combine energy sources such as biomass boilers, solar thermal panels, heat pumps, with mains gas. Once there are choices of inputs, we have another fundamental shift; now, one can choose which source to use as input energy source and at what time. And with a stratified tank, one can choose which section of the accumulator tank to withdraw energy from. An analogy was given of “pennies and pounds” that one may need to take from the tank depending on the temperature required.

This is actually quite revolutionary (although ancient and indigenous peoples have for millenia used such optimisation techniques).

Furthermore, we have the problem of convenience and human effort. Most people do not have the time or interest to manually run their heating systems. They do so because they have had to. By introducing sensors inside and out, we can gather a lot of ambient information. Then through control systems and intelligent learning, one can reduce to negligible levels, the human effort to run the system optimally. Running it optimally is crucial. Theoretically, one can obtain the best possible efficiency without human input other than the information obtained about the human occupants in the general running of their households. Specifically, human interaction with the system can be reduced to adjustment of temperature of rooms to comfort – the simplest possible choice, leave alone, warmer or cooler. This minimal interaction is sufficient for an intelligent system to learn how to run the heating system according to the occupants normal patterns of behaviour and needs and wants.

Heat pumps, solar thermal, and mains gas require little maintenance by the holseholders as they are “on tap”. The case of biomass (logs or pellets) clearly has a feeding system that is limited by the store of biomass that can be held or stored, but this process can be almost seasonal only for larger systems.

The system can be set to optimise for cost and then carbon, which might be the “default”, or vice versa, or indeed only for one or other factor.

The remainder of the conference was devoted to systems that can achieve this ideal heating system based on efficient thermal storage and multiple input sources.

One such provider had an in-home M2M (machine-to-machine) technology that is scaleable and such that one can avoid the internet of silos. It is an enabling technology.

Another company, New Era Controls, had a system for industrial and commercial property energy management.

A third company, Your Smart Home, through technical director, Will Hopkins, gave the stark contrast between the modern car and the modern home. The car has a range of intelligent features, such as automatic lights, zoned heating controls, heated seats, dimming, satnav, adaptive occupancy settings and so on. The house by contrast has a wiring system based on 1950s technology, no zoning, energy management, sensing, integration and so on. It seemed a huge and glaring opportunity!

Some insight into why this smart home automation for heating hasn’t already happened came from the final session opening talk based on research by the government’s cabinet office.

One-off, conscious, deliberative “decision making” such as buying an energy efficient home or improving the energy efficiency of ones home was contrasted with habitual purchasing decisions, or everyday behaviours which are automatic, non-conscious habits like reducing everyday energy consumption in the home.

The smart heating trial showed that “making it easy” was crucial. Incidentally, this agrees entirely with CIR Strategy’s work on routes to market whereby one designs the service around removing the key barriers to purchase and use of the product or service. In this case, the cabinet office speaker gave the example fo the loft clearance service, which made take up of loft insulation much more rapid than simply reducing cost through group discounts, which made little difference to take up.

DECC’s speaker noted that “daily heat storage can help to improve the performance and consumer acceptability of heat pumps, which are less able to meet spikes in heat demand than the incumbent gas boiler technology.”

DECC added that: “heat storage can help make heat networks more economical by allowing heat sources to operate more efficiently, reducing the amount of heat generated on capacity to meet peak demand.”

This shows the high importance of thermal storage and accumulation of heat, and that this is supported strongly by government is clear in its strategy of March 2012, as well as in numerous prior documents.

AlertMe’s Founder Pilgrim Beart stated that “1⁄4  of  all UK energy  goes on Home Heating & Hot  water.” Pilgrim noted that we have warmer houses – up to an average of 18C from 12C in 1970, not as a result of climate change or of turning up the thermostat, but from heating more rooms within the house and for longer. Yes, consumption of energy has risen, though more modestly than the temperature, as a result of efficiencies.

According to BERR, though, 10 million of our 26 million homes do not have a thermostat! And almost no-one has visibility on the cost changes as well as the temperature changes we make. Beart stated also that temperature was not the same as comfort: one can feel warm when it is cooler, and cold when it is hotter!

Of those homes that have thermostats, many of them are old-style, that act like simple “switches”  – turn up and on when cold. Some are “modern” thermostats which are programmable like old VCRs, and which defeat 47% of the people who have them, according to research by YouGov.

And some have “cloud thermostats” on their smart phones which give home heating control anywhere, anytime.

AlertMe noted that stakeholder views are quite different, with industry looking for unique, value-added services & upsell, smart meters & TOU billing systems, while consumers look for lower cost, peace of mind, control, simplicity, comfort and convenience.

“In an extendible,  intelligent heating system”, said Beart, “the most common action is of course to ignore the system and leave it alone. Such a system, as described in the conference piece by piece, will improve efficiency, be simpler to use and yield better comfort.”

Finally, Fiona Saunders, Head of Investment at British Gas, gave a talk covering smart metering, remote  heating control and the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR). Fiona highlighted positive reactions from more than half of those customers surveyed who have smart meters. British Gas have installed 400k smart meters to end 2011. BG see intelligent heating systems as a longer term, strategic area of interest, enabling customers to reduce bills, live more comfortably, while building their own business around better cheaper technologies.

Remote heating controls were discussed, which the user controls from a smart device or a laptop. Such a control “resonated” with customers, a great majority of which said that saving money, increasing control and comfort were important to them.

Finally, BG said that there had been propositions taken up by customers on time-of-use pricing (3 levels); heat pumps with larger thermal stores; and routing excess PV to hot water rather than into the smart grid.

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iHeat, iWater, iWaste: all together now!

The HEAT Conference has been running since 2007 annually and you can join it via here. Each year it has covered a different set of topics within home energy technologies, including solar PV, lighting, passivhaus & MMC. This year is the exciting turn of iHEAT or intelligent heating systems for smart home/building automation.

The aim of this private-sector led conference, which is sponsored by global chip designer ARM Holdings plc, MNC Schneider Electric, fast-track SME AlertMe Ltd and startup accumulator tank company Galu Ltd, is to show how to optimise and automate heating so that consumers who have shown themselves to be less than engaged with esoteric dials and displays, can now live their normal lifestyles in the safe knowledge that they are spending as little as possible on heating, and emitting the least possible carbon for that lifestyle. What could be simpler and more to the point?

So come to Cambridge University, CB3 0DF, on 13 November at 09:30 to see how this is done! With 6 years of successful gatherings under this heading, and a clear and coherent aim for the 2012 edition of iHEAT, it is a conference to enjoy and relish.

What is more is that this year, in order to complete this cleantech series that began in 2007, there will be a separate conference, led inter alia by Anglian Water, WIN and UKWIR, called iWater & iWaste 2012. Registration is at the same site here, as iHEAT above. As these names suggest, the topics will cover core cleantech areas of how new water technologies and product innovations can help enable water utility buyers to improve their services to consumers and businesses.

Led by Anglian Water, half of the day will be devoted to another related core cleantech issue of waste-as-resource. Waste-to-energy (W2E) or energy from waste (EfW) will be covered in one session, another will look into more general closing of loops, reuse and resource efficiency, and how profits can be made in so doing. A final panel will look at how the sectors of water, waste and energy can learn from each other in coming up with significant and infrastructural level change. Examples could be the application of communications standards from electrical metering systems to gas and water, new types of gas being directed into the grid, and industrial symbiosis.

Networking between the two conferences will be joint, with a combined exhibition and buffet lunch.

The date for the iHEAT, iWATER and iWASTE Conferences is 13 November 2012 at Cambridge Universiry CB3 0DF. Book now for the conference at www.cir-strategy.com/events/register or you can book at 01223 303500.

 

 

Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2012: a wholesome and innovative mix

Headlined by ARM plc and Schneider Electric, the 2012 Smart Grids and Cleanpower Conference in Cambridge at New Hall on 14 June chaired by Dr Sarah Darby and Mr Jeremy Nicholson plays host to a veritable wholesome and innovative mix of talks. All conferences are in some sense unique, but some are more unique than others and organisers CIR Strategy urge you to tool over to Cambridge for this wonderful lineup of talks.

Taking part in 2012 are for example: EON, UK Power Networks, National Grid, DECC, Ofgem, ARM, Schneider Electric, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Reading University, BT, Telefonica, ITU, Design London, Sainsburys, Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin, Silicon Valley Bank, Peloton Advisors, Deloitte, PwC, Navetas, Amantys, Ampium, Cyan Technology, Xsilon, Eight19, Farm Power, BEAMA, ENA, Energy UK, TAHI, New Energy Network, Cleantech Investor, CUEN; JBS, EPRG, Engineering, Computer Lab, CU; Verne Global, Siemens Infrastructure and Cities, CU Engineering, House of Lords, Mansion, Solar Power UK, Solar Century, Poyry, UK Bioenergy Strategy, InCrops, and many more.

As for the programmes, SGCP sees a roster of over 30 speakers and moderators over two streams: smart grids and cleanpower.

Among many highlights, there will be:

An introduction to the smart energy ecosystem (ARM). A debate about smart meters. Another on networks policy and who benefits at each stage. UK prospects on wind (Ofgem E-Serve), on solar (Solar Century) and on biomass energy (Poyry, InCrops) and shale gas assessed (Lord Oxburgh). There is a talk on printed electronic PAYG solar PV being rolled out in Africa and India. Another will look at sustainable generation for the Cloud. A range of emerging market and mainstream apps of smart grid techs as case studies among innovating startups and SMEs.

SMART GRIDS CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Opening Session – Smart Meter Rollout Debate

10:00   Dr Justin Hayward Conference Director & Consultant, CIR Strategy, Introductory Remarks

10:05   Dr Sarah Darby, Oxford University, Chair’s Opening Remarks

10:10   Gary Atkinson, Director Embedded Marketing at ARM Holdings plc Headline Sponsor

Smart Energy ecosystem – What is possible today & where we need to get to?

10:30   Professor Ross Anderson, Computer Lab, Cambridge University

Critique of the Smart Meter Roll-out: Security & Systems

10:45   Rachel Crisp, DECC Head of Energy Networks

Government policy on balance: smart meters are key

11:00   Siemens Infrastructure & Cities

The Value of Smart Meters Today

11:15   Panel with Terry Rowbury, BEAMA – Moderator of Smart Meter Rollout Debate Session

11:30   Coffee            break

Session  2 – Wider Applications of Grid Technologies

11:50   tbc Lockheed Martin / Rolls Royce,

Microgrids in the Theatre

12:05   Tate Cantrell CEO Verne Global

The truly sustainable cloud – not a myth

12:20    Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO, Eight19

Powering the unGrid

12:35   Panel with Graham Ford, Mansion Partners, & Innovation Pitches

13:00   Lunch and Exhibitions

Session 3 – Grid and Metering Network Solutions

14:00   David Lewis, Marketing Director, Schneider Electric (UK) Lead Sponsors

Enabling Smart Grids Connections

14:15   Bryn Parry, CEO, Amantys – Gold Sponsors

A fresh approach to power switching

14:30    Geoff Sarney, Head Smart Metering, Cyan Technology/Telefonica – Gold Sponsors

Control and Comms Networks for Grids and Metering

14:45   Russell Haggar, XSilon

M2m and Technology for the Internet of Things         

15:00   Tea break

Final Session – Integration, innovation, standards & network policy

15:20   Richard Smith, National Grid

Future Transmission Networks

15:40   Keith Dickerson, Committee Member, International Telecoms Union

Network Standards: update & the trends

16:00   Greg Payne, Director of Business Modelling, Software, EON New Build & Technology UK

Weighing Up the Future of Balancing Services           

16:20   Dora Guzeleva, Head of Network Policy, Ofgem

Policies Right for Innovation

16:40   Panel with David Smith, Energy Networks Association, Chairperson’s Summary, Innov Pitch Prizes

Drinks Networking

This 4th Annual Smart Grids & Cleanpower Conference, uniquely covering the core and range of technologies and strategic vision for grids and power, is brought to you by CIR Strategy in association with ARM plc and Schneider Electric, and is part of the Cleantech Conferences of Cambridge Series which has run 16 times since 2007.

Bookings online at: http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/register or by phone at 01223303500

CLEANPOWER CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Opening Session – Clean and Bio energy

10:10   Michael McCreary Senior HVM Consultant, CIR Strategy, Introductory Remarks

10:15   Jeremy Nicholson, Senior Advisor, EEF EIUG, Chair’s Opening Remarks

10:25   Professor John Miles, Engineering, Cambridge University & Director ARUP

Clean Energy: at what price?

10:45   Bianca Forte, InCrops

A review of bioenergy technologies

11:00   Ali Lloyd, Principal Consultant, Poyry

The outlook for biomass electricity in the UK

11:15   Panel with Chairman – Clean and Bio energy opening Session

11:30   Coffee  break

Session  2 – Solar PV

11:50   Alan South, Commercial Director, Solar Century plc

UK FiTs & RHIs: an evolving solar market for growth

12:10   Mark Simon, CEO, Farm Power

Business Models for PV and microhydro electricity

12:30  Panel with Solar Power UK, followed by Innovation Pitches          

13:00   Lunch and Exhibitions

Session 3 – Wind

14:00   Robert Hull, Managing Director, E-Serve, OfGem

Enabling Offshore Wind to Grid

14:20   Cristiano Marantes, UK Power Networks

Large Wind Projects & the LCNF

14:40   Philip Skipper, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities

Wind Balancing & Storage     

15:00   Tea break

Final Session – Sustainability, energy policy & security – Moderated by Christine McGourty Energy UK

Opening Talk by ARM plc, Headline Sponsor

15:20   Peter Sharratt, Head of Sustainability Services, Deloitte

Future Cities

15:40   Dr Bernie Bulkin, Chair, Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, DECC

Technologies for Targets to 2050        

16:00   Lord Oxburgh, Independent Member, House of Lords, former Chairman Shell

Shale Gas: Curse or Boon?

16:20   Panel, Chairman’s Summary (Jeremy Nicholson EEF)

 

Drinks Networking

This 4th Annual Smart Grids & Cleanpower Conference, uniquely covering the core and range of technologies and strategic vision for grids and power, is brought to you by CIR Strategy in association with ARM plc and Schneider Electric, and is part of the Cleantech Conferences of Cambridge Series.

Bookings online at: http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/register or by phone at 01223303500

 

The outlook for biomass electricity in the UK & Government Bioenergy Strategy discussed by Pöyry at Cleanpower

Poyry will note at Cleanpower 2012 Cambridge (14 June) that the government expects electricity generated from biomass to play an important role in meeting the UK’s 2020 renewables target. This talk describes the policy and regulatory background affecting biomass electricity developments, including the Renewables Obligation, Electricity Market Reform, and the April 2012 Bioenergy Strategy.

Ali Lloyd, Principal Consultant at global renewable energy leader Poyry, will present ‘The outlook for biomass electricity in the UK’.

Biography for Ali Lloyd

Ali Lloyd joined Pöyry Management Consulting in February 2010 and has around 20 years of commercial experience in UK energy markets. He has a detailed knowledge of the UK electricity market including support schemes for renewable and CHP generators. Ali is part of Pöyry’s renewables team, providing advice primarily to renewable and energy-from-waste developers on project valuation and off-take contracting strategy.

This 4th Annual Smart Grids & Cleanpower Conference, uniquely covering the core and range of technologies and strategic vision for grids and power, is brought to you by CIR Strategy in association with ARM plc and Schneider Electric, and is part of the Cleantech Conferences of Cambridge Series.

Bookings online at: http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/register or by phone at 01223303500

Clean Energy: at What Price? Professor John Miles keynotes Cleanpower 2012 14 June

An analytical keynote talk by Professor John Miles of the Engineering Department at Cambridge University in the opening session of the Cleanpower Conference on 14 June at Murray Edwards College, will look at the possibilities for generating clean energy in the UK in pursuit of the Government 2050 goals. In particular, the cost of supplying energy from these sources will be commented on and some possible practical routes forward explored.

Professor John Miles, Director ARUP & Cambridge University Engineering

 

John Miles has been a Group Board director at Arup, the global consultancy, for 17 years and has been responsible for a number of high profile projects and developments over that time. John has very wide experience in the fields of energy and resources, and has particular expertise in the areas of energy strategy and low-carbon transport systems. As a senior member of the firm, John has been a media spokesman on subjects ranging from Peak Oil to Intelligent Mobility, and has actively contributed to the debate on carbon reduction and global warming. Outside Arup, John has held a number of significant positions including a three-year term as a commissioner on the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and a term as a director of the UK Housing Forum. He is currently a member of the UK Automotive Council, the UK Energy Research Partnership, and a non-executive director of the Construction Industry Research and Information Association.

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Lord Oxburgh keynotes on ‘Shale Gas – Curse or Boon?’ at Cleanpower Conference 14 June

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Ron Oxburgh

Shale gas is natural gas that, unlike conventional gas, never escaped from the source rock within which it was formed because the source was too impermeable. Modern technology has allowed this gas to be exploited by a combination of detailed sub-surface imaging, precisely controlled directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The application of these technologies is still in its infancy and some unfortunate and weakly regulated attempts to exploit shale gas have been made without making proper use of them resulting in some highly undesirable environmental consequences that include unintended gas seepages and pollution of ground water.  This has led to some strong local resistance to new shale gas exploration.

The world’s shale gas resources are probably very large but detailed exploration has yet to be done in many places. However, shale gas has more than doubled US gas reserves. China appears to have even larger reserves. In countries where it occurs, however, shale gas is likely to displace coal as the preferred fuel for power generation and to that extent will reduce the carbon footprint of electricity. However the continued availability of gas may weaken efforts to find sustainable alternatives.

End of Talk Summary for Lord Oxburgh Keynote on 14 June at New Hall Cambridge University CB3 0GT.

#SGCP

Biography for Ron Oxburgh

Ron Oxburgh is an independent member of the House of Lords and is currently chairman of 2OC, Green Energy Options and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association. He was formerly President of Queens’ College Cambridge, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence, Rector of Imperial College and Chairman of Shell.

Conference in Cambridge sponsored by ARM offers unique look at the gamut of grids, metering and power innovations

Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2012

Conference Cambridge sponsored by ARM offers unique look at the gamut of grids, metering and power innovations 

Moving to smart infrastructure requires modernization. There is pressure. This calls for innovation. As renewable input increases, so variability increases. Will embedded, incumbent technologies remain in place through subsidies and regulatory lock-ins? Will interventions result in more lobbying and less market-based-learning about private sector customers? As we remove the need for intrusion into millions of houses to read meters, and deliver more services, so we should meet difficulties around security of data and system. Therein lie many opportunities for entrepreneurs. VCs seeking risk will be assessing these opportunities in clean technology carefully, looking keenly at how policy-making evolves around grants for innovation and R&D, market reform and (de)-regulation, standards, and targets. New products, processes, markets and ancillary services are likely to be created.

 

Future trends and opportunities often emerge unpredictably from the wider range of technologies being developed. This conference (#SGCP) will stage an innovation pitching competition from sector startups/SMEs, not restricted to the core “metering rollout” in which prizes are offered by sponsors.

 

Lord Oxburgh will talk in the Cleanpower stream about large, often controversial lower carbon opportunities in the context of an unreliable new-nuclear sector in the UK and implications. Dr Bernie Bulkin, Chair, ORED, DECC will talk about technologies to meet targets, what this means for government strategy.

Professor Ross Anderson of the famed Computer Lab at Cambridge will challenge the smart-meter-rollout plan alongside leading technology providers for rollout and government, in what promises to be an exciting opening session, in the smart grids stream. EON will talk about the growing need for non-energy-generating services of power plants, a source of opportunity for many entrepreneurs. UK Power Networks discuss projects around connecting wind energy to the grid and about network integration in a session focusing on regulation and distribution policy with Ofgem.

Among applications of investible power and grid technology being showcased, the CEO of Eight19, the award-winning offgrid solar company operating in Africa and soon in India, will talk about “powering the unGrid”.

Example Confirmed Speakers/Panellists

  • Lord Oxburgh, Ron Oxburgh, eminent expert on energy
  • Dr Bernie Bulkin DECC – Chair, Office Renewable Energy Deployment
  • Robert Hull, Director, OfGem – E-Serve, Co-ordinating Offshore Wind Rollout
  • Dora Guzeleva, Head of Networks Policy, OfGem, Smarter Grids: Distribution
  • Richard Smith, National Grid, Future development of the UK’s energy networks
  • Cristiano Marantes, UK Power Networks, Projects connecting wind to grid
  • EON New Build and Technology, Greg Payne, Additional Services Opportunities in Power
  • ARM Holdings plc, the Global Chip Design Leader
  • Siemens – Infrastructure & Cities
  • Schneider Electric – Metering & Grid Products
  • Jeremy Nicholson, Senior Advisor, Energy Intensive Users Group, EEF, Chairman of Cleanpower
  • Christine McGourty, Director, Energy UK, Moderator
  • Dr Sarah Darby, Lecturer, Oxford University – Smart Meters & Consumers
  • Prof Ross Anderson, Cambridge University, Computer Lab, Smart Meters: Challenges of System Security
  • Prof John Miles, Cambridge University, Engineering Dept, Clean Energy: At What Price?
  • Keith Dickerson, Committee Member, International Telecoms Union, Standards: Where are we headed?
  • Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO, Eight19, Powering the unGrid!
  • Peter Sharratt, Head of Sustainability Services, Deloitte
  • Alan South, Commercial Director, Solar Century, Solar sector trends, FiTs, RHI et al
  • Laing O’Rourke, Lessons Learned for Grids from Aerospace & Defence Technology Deployment

 

6 USPs of the Smart Grids & Cleanpower Conference

1) The only one-day, two stream conference in Europe to cover wider aspects of grid, power, metering technology strategy for emergent future trends (looking at the 80-tail not just the 20-core!)

2) 4 years of assembling the thought leaders, strategists, academics and innovators in the business

3) Refresh and build all your relationships and learning in a single day out of the office

4) Dedicated innovation pitching competition

5) High proportion of delegates are at director level

6) Pricing to suit all key categories of valued delegate for excellent networking

You can attend this year’s 4th Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2012 Conference on 14 June 10am-530pm at Murray Edwards College, CB3 ODR

Web homewww.cir-strategy.com/events/cleanpower

Tel 01223 303500

Email: grids@cir-stategy.com

Text: Just send “SGCP N delegates” to 07720047402 and we’ll follow up the booking for you.

Online Booking: www.cir-strategy.com/events/register