Time                   Description
12.30 - 12.35

Welcome Address:

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association Chris Hewett

Chris has 25 years’ experience in advocacy, policy research, thought leadership and campaigning on a wide variety of sustainability, energy and environmental issues. He was Head of Climate Change for the Environment Agency, providing advice to Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has worked for a number of leading NGOs & government agencies, including successful advocacy for the Green Investment Bank at Green Alliance, global aviation research for the Committee on Climate Change, and more recently leading policy and advocacy for the Finance Innovation Lab.

12:35 - 12:45

A1: The View from the System Operator

Colm Murphy, Acting Head of Business Development, National Grid Colm Murphy Pic

Colm Murphy is Acting Head of Business Development for National Grid Electricity System Operator.  He is accountable for reform of National Grid’s electricity balancing service markets, facilitating the increased participation of flexible distributed energy and demand side response in the balancing markets and the stakeholder-led Power Responsive programme. Immediately prior to this Colm was responsible for the Electricity System Operators European Policy and Strategy team.  Colm joined National Grid’s Global Procurement function in 2013 and has worked in a variety of commercial roles, with both a GB and Global focus before joining the Electricity System Operator in 2017.

12:45 - 14:00

A2: Can Storage Deliver a 100% Renewables Market

Chair: Barney Wharton, Head of Policy, RenewableUKBarnaby Wharton

Barnaby Wharton is Head of Policy at RenewableUK, where he leads a team working on the transition to a smart system, market reform and industrial strategy and supply chains, among other things. Prior to joining the team at RenewableUK he was part of the energy and climate change team at the CBI, where he led work on energy costs, supply side policy and international climate change, and attended the Paris COP in 2015. He has extensive experience working on energy, regulatory and Parliamentary issues.

Presenter: Hugo Batten, Head of GB Renewables, AuroraHugo Batten

Market Design in High Renewables Systems: Changes Required
Aurora will discuss the implications of very high renewable penetration (+80%) on the fundamental market design of GB over the long-term: How do we incentivise storage, and particularly long-term storage, to enter in a more price volatile system? Does the wholesale market make sense as a price signalling and scheduling mechanism? Should we transition to an entirely capacity-based driven system when the majority of generation technologies have a short-run marginal cost of zero?

Hugo is a Head of GB Renewables in Aurora’s consulting team. Hugo advises clients on the GB power market – regulation, strategy, financing, and operational optimisation. He specialises in renewables and flexible technologies. Recent projects include: a study on how revenue stacking and ‘zero-subsidy’ CfDs can unlock more offshore wind; calculating the system integration costs/ cost of intermittency of solar and wind on the GB system; modelling the economics of behind-the-meter solar; and several valuation projects on renewables assets in the UK and Europe. Hugo spent 6 years at McKinsey & Co after graduating in Law from the University of Melbourne and completing an MBA and MPA at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Sara Walker, Senior Lecturer, National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, Newcastle University Dr Sara Walker

Sara L. Walker received her BSc (Hons) Physics from Leicester University (1991), her PGCE from Leicester University (1992), her MSc Environmental Science from Nottingham University (1994) and her PhD in energy policy from De Montfort University (2003). She taught physics for a short period, and joined academia in 1996 when she joined De Montfort University as a Research Associate, then Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, working on renewable energy technology and policy. In 2003 she left academia for industry and joined IT Power as a Senior Energy Specialist, and in 2004 she moved to Econnect Ltd as their Research and Development Manager. In 2007 she moved back to academia, at Northumbria University, as Subject Director. Since 2015, she has been Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University (UK), where she has been working on whole energy systems research, and is now Associate Director of the Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI). She has authored or co-authored numerous journal and conference papers covering topics of renewables, building energy performance, impact of buildings/renewables on energy networks and energy policy.

Dr. Simon Harrison, Chair, Future Power System Architecture Project Delivery Board, Energy Systems Catapult

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison is a director with responsibility for strategic development at global engineering, management and development consultant Mott MacDonald, and takes a strong interest in strategic change in markets, technologies and end user expectations. He also chairs the IET’s Energy Policy Panel and leads its Future Power Systems Architecture Project activity, which is supporting the government in developing an underlying engineering strategy for the future decarbonised electricity system in GB.  He has taken a leading role in many privately financed infrastructure projects around the world as well as privatisations and acquisitions.  Prior to this, he undertook planning of major electricity transmission and distribution systems.

Ed Simpson, Partner and Head of Energy Infrastructure, Downing LLP Ed Simpson

Ed is a Partner at Downing LLP and heads up the Energy and Infrastructure team. Downing has invested over £500m into small scale Energy and Infrastructure and currently manages over £400m of assets. Ed qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 before moving into corporate finance where he advised on over 20 M&A, growth and venture capital transactions for a range of private companies. He has been working in private equity since 2006, most recently advising the Carbon Trust on its venture investments and prior to that, with Bridges Ventures with focus on the environmental sector. Ed has transacted over 30 deals in the energy and infrastructure space with a focus on projects ranging from £1-20 million.

Kathryn Magnay, Head of Energy, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Kathryn Magnay 2
Council & Deputy Director, Faraday Battery Challenge

Kathryn Magnay is Head of New Energy Technologies at EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), developing research and innovation programmes across the Energy sector in response to opportunities presented by the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). As one of the initial ISCF programmes, Kathryn worked on the development of the Faraday Battery Challenge, continuing to work with the Challenge in its delivery phase as Deputy Challenge Director. Prior to this, as Head of the RCUK (Research Councils UK) Energy Programme she set the vision and strategy for the Cross-Council programme of research investment in Energy, working with the academic community to realise this vision.

14.15 - 14.40

A3: The View from Government

Presenter: Dr. Alex Berland, Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Energy - Electricity Storage (BEIS) Alex Berland

Smart Systems & Flexibility Plan Progress Update: Storage Focus
The Government and Ofgem recently published a progress update on last year’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, taking stock of the work that we and industry have done to support the transition to a smarter and more flexible energy system. This presentation will provide an overview of the progress update with a special focus on electricity storage policy. We will reflect on the actions in the plan that we have implemented to date, those which are our priorities going forwards, and the new actions that we have identified along the way.

Alex is a senior policy advisor in the Smart Energy team in BEIS. He leads the team’s work on electricity storage, which focuses on removing policy and regulatory barriers to deployment of this technology in Great Britain. He has contributed to several major Government publications on smart energy, including the 2016 Smart Systems Call for Evidence, 2017 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan and 2018 Smart Plan Progress Update. Before joining Government, Alex worked as a research consultant at the Chilean think tank ‘Chile Sustentable’, and in 2015 he graduated with a PhD in historical climatology from the University of Nottingham. Alex’s research and policy work have encompassed diverse themes relating to climate change, water security, electricity systems and sustainability.

Presenter: Chiara Redaelli, Senior Economist, Ofgem Chiara Redaelli Ofgem

Chiara leads the work in Ofgem on electricity storage. This includes: clarifying the regulatory framework for electricity storage, developing policy on storage ownership by networks operators, and working on storage networks charging and connections. For the past 10 years she has been working on a broad range of flexibility issues, having contributed to Ofgem’s first flexibility strategy, as well as participating in European experts groups on flexibility, including storage and demand-side response. Before joining Ofgem, Chiara worked as economic consultant on international projects in the power, water and sanitation sector.

14.40 - 15.30

A4: New Technologies, New Business Models

Chair: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUK

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Emma Pinchbeck is an Executive Director of RenewableUK. In that role she sets the overall strategy for the organisation's communications and policy teams. She is a passionate advocate for renewables in government and business, and regularly appears as an expert on the energy sector in the media. Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK. Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in private consulting as an energy policy expert and in finance. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, she is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

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Randolph is the Head of Innovation & Development at the Energy Networks Association, and has over eight years of experience in the electricity and energy sector in the UK, Europe and Australia. Randolph is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a broad range of strategic innovation initiatives, including the development of Smart Grids, DSO Transition, Electricity Networks Innovation Strategy, roll-out of Renewables, Battery Storage and other Low Carbon Technologies and the decarbonisation of heat and transport via Heat Pumps and Electric Vehicles. He has previous experience in the design and management of multi-disciplinary power projects in the Transmission & Distribution and renewable generation sectors. Randolph has an M.Phil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and has presented a number of conference papers on electrical systems and protection and automation design.

Oenone Scott, Communications Manager, Electron


Oenone is the Communications Manager of Electron: a digital energy start-up that builds blockchain platforms and ecosystems for and with the energy industry. In her role at Electron she works in the business development team and manages both internal & external communications, including a focus on communications strategy and planning. Prior to Electron she worked in the policy, events and research departments at a think tank, where she contributed to and managed the publication process of a number of reports, and in a private investment office. She studied at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, where she received her BSc in biology, environmental science and policy.

Silke Goldberg, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Silke Goldberg

Silke Goldberg MA FRSA is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and an energy law specialist. She is a solicitor qualified in the Republic of Ireland as well as England and Wales and is also a member of the Berlin Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin).  Silke has extensive experience of advising on electricity and gas transactions internationally across the entire value chain of the energy sector.  She has advised on a series of upstream and downstream gas projects, gas sales and purchase agreements, gas pipelines, conventional and renewable power projects as well as interconnectors, transmission and distribution grids and storage facilities. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Queen May University of London for international energy regulation as well as an affiliated professor with the University of Haifa, and regularly publishes on aspects of energy law and policy. Silke has been the editor of the European Energy Handbook since 2007.

Carl Bayliss, Head of Electric Vehicle & Energy Services Business Development, Nissan Motor Co. (GB) Carl Bayliss

Carl Bayliss has worked in the global automotive industry for over 20 years, with roles in engineering, product, sales & marketing. Within the Nissan organisation Carl was previously Network Strategy Director before heading up Nissan’s expanding product portfolio of electric vehicles, energy storage and renewables generation. Over half of Carl’s experience is based outside of the UK in both mature & emerging markets, with luxury manufacturers offering breakthrough products. He has worked for Nissan Motor Corp. entities since 2012 beginning with Infiniti Motor Ltd, based in Hong Kong, prior to returning to the UK in 2015. His key missions are in bringing together the electric ecosystem which delivers the transformation to cleaner cities, accessible EV ownership, sustainable energy generation & an end to fuel poverty.

15.45 - 17.15

A5: Managing the System: Intra-Day and Seasonal Storage

Chair: Aleksandra Klassen, Business Development Manager, Solar Trade Association

Presenter: Prof Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS, Professor Emeritus, Theoretical Physics, Chris Llewellyn Smith
University of Oxford

Chris Llewellyn Smith is a theoretical physicist, who is currently interested in all aspects of energy supply and demand. He has recently served as Director of Energy Research, Oxford University from 2011-2017, and President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) from 2008-2017. Earlier he was Chair of the Council of the world fusion energy project ITER, Director of the UK's fusion programme, Provost and President of University College London, and Director General of CERN (1994-1998, when the Large Hadron Collider was approved and construction started).  He has written and spoken widely on science funding, international scientific collaboration and energy issues, and served on many advisory bodies nationally and internationally, including the UK Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology (1989-1992). His contributions to the Standard Model of particle physics and scientific leadership have been recognised by awards and honours world-wide, including the Royal Society’s Gold/Royal Medal in 2015.

Charlie Blair, Manging Director, Gravitricity Ltd Charlie 016 23Oct15 HR 2

He has 15 years’ experience managing innovation and research projects for emerging energy technologies and is an expert in early stage technology commercialisation.  Charlie has worked with global and national Utilities to help understand the energy transition and with start-up technology companies who are making that transition happen. He leads a team of engineers in Edinburgh alongside Technical Director Peter Fraenkel and Chairman Martin Wright.  Gravitricity uses electrically driven winches to raise and lower very heavy weights in vertical shafts, providing balancing services to help electricity grids cope with the transition to renewables and electric vehicles. The technology has very long life and zero cyclical degradation. Early projects will be in disused mineshafts; later projects in purpose-sunk shafts exactly where grids require flexibility. 

Emma Gibson, Director of Operations, Highview Power Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson joined Highview in April 2010 after completing an MSc in Environmental Management at Cranfield University. As Director of Operations, Emma’s responsibilities include programme management, grant funding and intellectual property, and the implementation of business processes and systems across all areas of Highview’s operations. A Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Emma has over 25 years experience in the energy sector, having previously worked for ALSTOM Power in manufacturing and project management, in the UK and France. This included seven years managing multi-million-pound projects for the supply of steam turbines, generators and auxiliary systems, to power stations around the world, including nuclear power plant in China and fossil-fired plant in Malaysia, Canada and Europe.

Dr. Christos Markides, Director of the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory, Imperial College Christos Markides

Christos Markides is a Professor of Clean Energy Technologies at Imperial College London. His research interests lie in thermal-energy recovery, conversion and storage. He is an Editor of multiple journals (including Applied Thermal Engineering, Energy, Renewable Energy), and is a member of, amongst other, the Science Board of the UK Energy Storage SUPERGEN Hub and the UK National Heat Transfer Committee. He won IMechE’s Donald J. Groen outstanding paper prize in 2016 for work on thermal energy storage, ‘Most highly cited original paper’ awards from Applied Energy in 2017 and 2018, and received the Imperial College President Award for Research Excellence in 2017.

Dr. Matthew Rowe, Senior Consultant, Solar & Storage, DNV GL Matthew Rowe 1

Dr Matthew Rowe is a Senior Consultant at DNV GL Energy and currently leading the Energy Storage practice. Matthew is a Chartered Engineer and has a PhD in Energy Storage.  He has published in internationally recognised energy journals and often presents at academic and industrial conferences around the globe.   DNV GL Matthew has worked on a variety of projects globally with key industry stakeholders such as System Operators, Regulators, Governments and a variety of Investors, developers, suppliers and DNOs.

17.15 - 17.30

A6: Closing Remarks

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK Hugh McNeal

Hugh McNeal has been Chief Executive of RenewableUK since April 2016. He was a senior civil servant from 2006, including spending almost five years as the Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, and leading work on the development of the UK’s first Low Carbon Industrial Strategy as Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business from 2008 to 2010 at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Hugh is a Board member of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Hugh was educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard University where he also taught from 1995 to 2000.  He was on the Board and then Chair of Equinox, a charity providing services to people seeking to overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems, from 2002 until 2012. Hugh lives in South London with his wife and young son.