02 December | Eversheds Sutherland, London | Organised by RenewableUK and Solar Trade Association

11.00 - 12.30
A1: Welcome and The State of the Storage Market

Hear the latest from RenewableUK’s analytics team on the scale on storage in the UK and how this is changing. We will be joined by an expert panel working in the sector right now on the opportunities they see.

Starting with an expert presentation on the road to net zero, our senior panel will discuss if and how net zero supports the case for future onshore wind.

  • Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK Charlie Blair Web

Hugh McNeal has been Chief Executive of RenewableUK since April 2016. He was a senior civil servant from 2006, including spending almost 5 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.

  • Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK Charlie Blair Web

Marina works as the Chief Economist at RenewableUK and helps build and develop the association’s forecasts and analytical work within the policy team. Coming from an economics background, Marina has over five years of experience in the energy sector and market analysis. She previously worked at ENGIE and BNP Paribas

  • Stephen Hill, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland Charlie Blair Web


12.30 - 13.15
Lunch & Networking
13.15 - 14.30
A2: Storage & Renewables: lessons learned from industry projects

Large scale battery technology is still a nascent relatively new technology, and many companies are still working out the best applications and revenue streams for their battery systems. In this session we will hear from some real-life projects and discuss the lessons learned to date.


  • Chris Hewitt, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett joined the STA in 2017 and became Chief Executive in January 2018. He 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 UK Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation, led successful advocacy for the Green Investment Bank at Green Alliance, global aviation research for the Committee on Climate Change, and major contributions to debate on energy regulation, environmental taxation and low carbon policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

  • Nicole Gilbert, Head of Marketing, KiWi Power Charlie Blair Web

Nicole is Head of Marketing at KiWi Power, an energy tech firm which unlocks distributed energy resource value through expertise and technology to serve sustainable energy needs. Nicole has over ten years’ experience in energy and climate change, leading marketing and communications for a wide range of organisations, including trader and developer Carbon Capital Markets, the Carbon Trust and most recently Open Energi, where she helped the company establish itself as one of the UK’s leading aggregators of AI-powered demand flexibility.

  • Caroline Clapham, Principal Associate, Eversheds SutherlandMarc Elliott BW

Caroline is a principal associate in our Energy & Infrastructure team advising on a range of international acquisitions and disposals and joint venture arrangements. Caroline also advises public companies on equity and debt financings and general corporate advisory work. Throughout her career, Caroline has worked across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on natural resources, energy & infrastructure. She primarily brings her expertise to companies in the power sector, acting on acquisitions and disposals of wind, solar and battery projects.

14.30 - 15.30
A3: For everything there is a season…

Creating a system dominated by renewables will require us to be able to store power usefully for long durations. Energy dense storage goes beyond batteries. In this session we will discuss the latest prospects for chemical and physical storage of energy for use across days, weeks and even seasons.

  • Marc Elliott, Energy Transition Analyst, Investec Marc Elliott BW

    Senior Analyst Alternative Energy at Investec covering a range of energy technology, energy generation and industrial companies. He has over 15 years in both industry and equity research, initially with Societe General and periods at Johnson Matthey, Numis, Anglo Pacific Group and has been with Investec since 2012. Marc has an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

  • Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager, Siemens


  • Javier Cavada Camino, Chief Executive, Highview PowerMarc Elliott BW
15.30 - 16.00
Break & Networking
16.00 - 17.00
A4: Emerging Storage Technologies 

While batteries get most of the coverage, there are many forms of storage, with new ideas are coming to the market all the time. In this "dragons den" session new entrants will pitch their ideas, technologies or business plans to an expert chair and the audience and answer their questions. Expect an interactive session with an audience vote for the best technology at the end.

  • Professor Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Professor Emeritus, Theoretical Physics University of Oxford Charlie Blair Web

Chris Llewellyn Smith is a theoretical physicist. He is interested in all aspects of energy supply and demand, currently especially storage on which he is leading two studies for the Royal Society. Chris has inter alia served as Director of Energy Research, Oxford University (2011-17), 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 (1989-92).

  • Helena Anderson, Inkigai Capital

  • Dr George Prassinos, CEO & Founder, OXTO Energy Charlie Blair Web

Dr George Prassinos is an entrepreneur and system engineer with extensive R&D experience in the aerospace sector including power and control systems, and satellite structures. He has worked in the aerospace sector with clients such as the European Space Agency and Astrium (Airbus), delivering complex engineering projects. Dr George Prassinos is an entrepreneur and system engineer with extensive R&D experience in the aerospace sector including power and control systems, and satellite structures. He has worked in the aerospace sector with clients such as the European Space Agency and Astrium (Airbus), delivering complex engineering projects. He worked on the development of flywheel energy storage systems to replace batteries on satellite subsystems. He successfully led a team that built the system for a microsatellite and has since been developing the technology for stationary storage applications on Earth. He has been active in the storage sector since 2014.

  • Charlie Blair, Managing Director, Gravitricity Charlie Blair Web

Charlie Blair is Managing Director of Gravitricity Ltd, the Edinburgh-based company developing ground-breaking underground electricity storage technology.  The technology has fast response, very long life, and exceptional levelised cost of energy and is uniquely suited to deployment as part of the electricity grid’s infrastructure.  Charlie has worked on numerous emerging energy technologies, including alternative grid flexibility options (demand-side management and EVs) as well as Marine Energy, Biomass and PV.  He was head of Marine Energy in the Carbon Trust’s Innovation Team and energy advisor for the Sustainable Development Commission in Scotland.

  • Stephen Crosher, Principal Co-Founder, RheEnergise Charlie Blair Web

Passionate about making a positive change to society, via innovation in technologies that increase renewable energy deployment, reduce air pollution and by lobbying government for effective legislative change. Stephen founded Fleet Renewables in 2011, a consultancy that engages with early stage innovators and helps to commercialise innovations that have the greatest potential. RheEnergise Ltd. is the latest in a growing list of commercially viable solutions. Previously, Stephen was the commercial director of two wind turbine manufacturing businesses. He originally trained in three-dimensional design, working in design and architectural practices and the integration of renewable energy into architectural projects

 17.00 - 17.15
A5: Closing Remarks