Tuesday 6 February

  • Opening Plenary

    Dr Nina Skorupska CBE
    Chief Executive, REA

    Nina Skorupska is the Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the largest trade association with over 750 company members. The REA covers all renewable technologies covering electricity, heat and transport and includes energy storage and electric vehicles in its portfolio of representation. 

    With over 30 years of working in the Energy Industry, her career started as a fuel specialist but moved quickly to managing power stations for RWE npower. After several senior roles within the RWE Group, her career with them culminated with joining the Board of the RWE’s Dutch business, Essent, as Chief Technical Officer, responsible for their electricity generation portfolio including new energy and sustainability developments.

    She is also currently Vice President of the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) and proud member of the Board of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign.

    Nina was recently awarded a CBE in 2016’s New Year Honour’s list for her contribution to renewables and equality in Energy. In September of last year, Nina was appointed on the Board for Transport for London.

    Shirley Rodrigues
    Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority

    Shirley Rodrigues was appointed as Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy in October 2016. Previously Acting Executive Director for Climate Change at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where she oversaw a global climate change grants portfolio. Shirley has an impressive track record of developing and delivering new environmental policies in London, nationally and internationally. She is now working to deliver the Mayor’s vision of making London a greener, cleaner and healthier place and has recently overseen the publication of the Mayor’s draft London Environment Strategy.

    Prof David Fisk
    Lead Commissioner Energy Infrastructure, National Infrastructure Commission

    David is Lead Commissioner for Energy on the National Infrastructure Commission and Emeritus Professor in Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College London. He was previously a member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority and Chief Scientist In the Department of Environment with a special responsibility for climate change policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Past President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

  • Peter Aldous MP
    Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Storage and Member of Parliament for Waveney

    Peter Aldous is the Member of Parliament for the Waveney constituency in North Suffolk and has been the MP since 2010. In Parliament Peter’s work has focused on energy policy, the future of the East Anglian fishing industry, support for small businesses, housing and local infrastructure projects. He has brought forward reforms to the park homes sector through the Mobile Homes Act to help protect often vulnerable and elderly residents. Peter’s constituency takes in the coastal town of Lowestoft, the most easterly point of the United Kingdom where urban regeneration is a key issue for Peter as a local MP.



  • Policy and Regulation

    Jo-Jo Hubbard
    Co-Founder & COO, Electron

    Jo-Jo Hubbard is the COO and co-founder of Electron: a digital energy start-up, building blockchain platforms and ecosystems for and with the energy industry. Before Electron she spent four years in renewable energy investment banking, worked in a cleantech VC and consulted on digital transformation at McKinsey. She also coordinates the energy community for Singularity University in the UK.

    Chris Brown
    Head of Core and Emerging Policy, Ofgem

    Chris leads Ofgem’s work on core and emerging policy, dealing with the state of current market arrangements and any potential barriers to new emerging technologies and business models. This includes the key areas of electric vehicles, energy storage and local energy.

    Before joining Ofgem in 2016, Chris worked at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) where he worked in market performance, assessing the role and efficiency of the gas and electricity markets in Australia. He also supervised joint research projects into the potential impact of the developing solar / battery residential market and option value of retiring generation plant.

    Jean-Pascal Boutin
    Partner and International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland

    Jean-Pascal is a Partner in our energy team and heads up our energy regulatory team. He specialises in power purchase agreements, grid connection agreements, energy flexible supply, sleeving and trading agreements, including the associated electricity and renewable energy regulations. Jean-Pascal has acted for the public sector, funders and the private sector on major infrastructure and energy projects. He has advised upon geothermal, roof top and ground based PV, onshore and offshore wind, tidal, biomass and CHP, coal co-firing, gas CCGT and nuclear projects. He has advised many of the key players in energy, on the renewable and electricity regulations (including ROO, RHI, CfD, FIT, as the case may be) and associated commercial agreements. He has also advised an investor on Hinkley Point.

  • Frank Gordon
    Policy Manager, REA

    Policy Manager at the REA focusing on energy storage, EMR, grid and large scale power, with a background in community energy and climate change policy in the third sector and central Government. Frank has been at the REA for the past 4 years.

    Richard Molloy
    Manager, UK Energy Storage Business, Eaton Electrical

    Richard Molloy is Head of UK Energy Storage business for the Electrical Sector of Eaton, a $19.7 billion global power management company. He is responsible for business development and customer support in the residential, commercial & industrial and grid-scale energy storage market segments.

    Prior to this Molloy was Segment Sales Manager, Renewables for Eaton UK, responsible for grid integration of commercial and grid scale solar photovoltaic systems.

    He has over 20 years of experience in the industry, joining MEM as a sales engineer in 1996 and becoming part of the Eaton team following the acquisition of MEM in 2003.Since then, he has held positions covering the UK and EMEA. Richard Molloy is located in Slough, United Kingdom

    Sue Bloomfield

    Independent RECC Auditor, Renewable Energy Consumer Code

    Sue Bloomfield is an independent Auditor and the former Head of Monitoring at RECC. Before that she was a Policy Research Manager at Which?.

  • Scaling to Gigawatts: It’s Not Just Lithium

    James Frith
    Energy Storage Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

    James is an analyst focusing on energy storage at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He covers energy storage within the EMEA region.

    He leverages his background in battery research to provide key insights into the chemistries, applications and markets for li-ion batteries. James is focused on tracking the development of the energy storage industry and analyzing the technologies that are participating in this sector.

    Prior to joining BNEF James completed a PhD at the University of Southampton. This work focused on lithium-oxygen batteries as next generation energy storage devices. He then went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Southampton for two years. James holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Electrochemistry.

    Scott McGregor
    Chief Executive Officer, redT energy storage

    Scott McGregor leads the effort to commercialise redT energy's industrial-scale, non-degrading, liquid energy storage technology. Scott has developed over $1bn of energy projects globally with Camco Clean Energy and has extensive experience in the environmental mining, finance and technology industries, having advised legal corporations in North America, Asia and Europe. Scott holds and MBA from the London Business School and a B.Econ from Monash University. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a respected commentator on energy, technology and innovation.

    Charlie Blair

    Managing Director, Gravitricity

    Charlie joined Gravitricity in 2015 having been Head of Marine Energy in the Carbon Trust's Innovation Team. He is an experienced commercial leader, delivering millions of pounds of innovation funding, and has 14 years’ experience in clean energy technology innovation. He has supported numerous early-stage technology ranging from electric vehicles through to biomass heating.

  • Mark Howitt
    Director, Storelectric

    Founding director of Storelectric. Physics with Electronics at UMIST (now Manchester University), 12 years management and innovation consultancy in diverse industries world-wide. SME Project Manager of an EU financed R&D, commercialisation programme. In Bombardier Transportation, Mark developed three profitable and successful businesses: one commercialising technology he’d developed, one in logistics and one in equipment overhaul. In electronics manufacturing, developed 5 product ranges and helped 2 businesses grow strategically assembler. Mark teamed up with Jeff Draper to develop their innovative Compressed Air Energy Storage system and business, focusing on minimising technological risk, maximising efficiency and environmental friendliness, and speed to market.

    Ian Williamson
    UK General Manager, AREVA H2Gen

    Ian is UK General Manager for Areva H2Gen, a French electrolyser company using PEM technology for hydrogen production. Areva H2Gen is currently seeking energy storage applications for its electrolyser business.

    Ian also runs HyEnergy Consultancy which offers technology and sales services to the sector.

    Previously, he spent 27 years with Air Products, the multinational industrial gases company, eventually becoming their Bio Energy and Hydrogen Director and spent 3 years as CEO of AFC Energy, one of the UK’s few fuel cell technology companies.

    Murdo McGhie
    Director of Special Projects, SSE

    Murdo has worked in the renewable energy sector for over 20 years, with a background in hydro power and onshore wind development and construction. He is currently involved in a series of innovative projects within SSE’s Wholesale division and is also leading the company’s moves into the Irish offshore wind sector.

  • The Great Energy Storage Debate

    Charles Perry
    Independent Consultant and Sustainability Expert

    Charles is a sustainability expert and green entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience “making sustainability second nature”. He was co-founder of SecondNature, one of the UK’s leading sustainability advisory firms, which he ran as Managing Director from 2009-2015 before selling and integrating into Anthesis Group. Initially in marketing, his focus on sustainability began as PR Manager of BSI launching ISO 14000, moving to URS consulting and, after his MBA, to BP where he co-led the rebranding of the company to BP "beyond petroleum”. He was promoted to lead the renewable energy business as Founder Director of BP Green Energy, which became BP Alternative Energy. He left to join New York consultancy GreenOrder and subsequently became Managing Director of Good Energy before starting his own business. He was appointed Climate Adviser to Lord Deben’s Quality of Life Group and also Climate Reality Project Leader post training with Hon. Al Gore. He is also Advisory Board member of 10:10 & Sustainability Hub.

    Alan Brown MP
    Shadow SNP Spokesperson Transport and Infrastructure & Energy

    MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Alan represents the constituency he grew up in. He is currently SNP Spokesperson for Transport, Infrastructure and Energy and sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

    He also sits on a number of cross party groups, including Energy Storage, Energy Studies, Infrastructure, Rail which cover his Spokesperson portfolio and others such as Chagos Islands and Palestine.

    Before being elected in 2015, Alan was employed as a Civil Engineer and worked in the water sector for 21 years, both in the private and public sector and was most recently employed as a Principal Engineer before resigning to take up his position as MP.

    Dr Alan Whitehead MP
    Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister

    Alan achieved a Ph.D. in Political Science from Southampton University and in 1984, he became Leader of Southampton City Council.

    Alan has held his seat as the Labour MP for Southampton Test since 1997 and was re-elected in 2017 with an increased majority. During this time, he has served on the Select Committees for Environment, Transport and the Regions; Energy and Climate Change; Environmental Audit.

    Alan has been the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister since October 2016 and served as the Shadow DECC Minister for Generation and Transmission September 2015 – June 2016.

  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Deben
    Chairman, Committee on Climate Change and Chairman, Sancroft

    The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had (1993-97). His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also include Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense. To that end, he set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues. Lord Deben is Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Valpak Limited, and the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advisers Association.

    Robert Llewellyn
    Host, Fully Charged

    Best known for his portrayal of Kryten in the sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf and presenting Scrapheap Challenge, Robert has recently become a leading figure in promoting and demystifying electric vehicles. Through his experience with cars, he has become fascinated with the energy system and explores the ideas, products and concepts in a popular YouTube series, Fully Charged.

    Louis Schaffer
    Distributed Energy Segment Leader EMEA, Eaton

    Louis Shaffer graduated from UC Berkeley in 1985 with a BS in Engineering Physics. Having worked in the US, Asia, and Europe, Louis has been based in Eaton’s EMEA headquarters in Morges, Switzerland since 2011. His career of more than 20 years has included progressively higher positions in engineering, sales, service, and marketing.

    As Distributed Energy Segment Leader Eaton’s EMEA Electrical division, Louis focuses on the rapidly changing energy landscape which is impacting all aspects of power generation, distribution, and end user usage. In his current role, Louis focuses on how to leverage rapidly evolving technologies - and in particular energy storage and microgrids - to address the new challenges and opportunities that have emerged for both the developed and emerging markets in EMEA for distributed energy.

  • James Heappey MP
    Member of Parliament for Wells

    James Heappey is the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in South West England and was first elected in 2015. He has recently been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport. James is the Chairman of the UK chapter of international climate change campaign group Globe and has also chaired cross party groups on Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Technology and the UK's Events Industry. He is a vice-president of the Association for Decentralised Energy and sits on the advisory boards of the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and the Bright Blue think tank's Green Conservatism project. He is also co-chairing a cross party enquiry into the future of the gas grid. James previously served on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee in the House of Commons. He is a committed campaigner on the rural economy – particularly broadband and fair funding for schools and local authorities.

    Before entering politics in 2015, James served as an officer in The Rifles regiment of the British Army including three combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an enthusiastic sports fan and still plays a little rugby, tennis and golf. He is married with two young children and lives in Somerset.

    Dr Nina Skorupska CBE
    Chief Executive, REA

    Nina Skorupska is the Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the largest trade association with over 750 company members. The REA covers all renewable technologies covering electricity, heat and transport and includes energy storage and electric vehicles in its portfolio of representation. 

    With over 30 years of working in the Energy Industry, her career started as a fuel specialist but moved quickly to managing power stations for RWE npower. After several senior roles within the RWE Group, her career with them culminated with joining the Board of the RWE’s Dutch business, Essent, as Chief Technical Officer, responsible for their electricity generation portfolio including new energy and sustainability developments.

    She is also currently Vice President of the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) and proud member of the Board of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign.

    Nina was recently awarded a CBE in 2016’s New Year Honour’s list for her contribution to renewables and equality in Energy. In September of last year, Nina was appointed on the Board for Transport for London.


  • Market Opportunities

    Dr Matthew Rowe
    UK Energy Storage Manager, DNV GL

    Matthew Rowe is a Senior Consultant for Operational Excellence at DNV GL Energy and currently leading the UK Energy Storage practice. Matthew has a PhD from The University of Reading, UK, in Energy Storage which he carried out with the UK Distribution Network Operator Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD). Matthew is taking an active role in enhancing and supporting energy storage in the UK and is currently the Chair of the largest energy storage trade body in the UK, the REA Energy Storage Group, and Vice Chair of the Energy Storage British Standards Institute committee. Since joining DNV GL Matthew has worked on a variety of projects globally with key industry stakeholders such as System Operators, Regulators, Government and a variety of Investors, developers, suppliers and DNOs.

    Angus Widdowson
    Business Development Manager, Asset Optimisation, Smartest Energy

    Angus Widdowson joined SmartestEnergy as a Generation Account Manager in October 2014, providing Power Purchase Agreements for independent generators across Great Britain.

    More recently, Angus has taken on the role of Business Development Manager in our Asset Optimisation business, managing commercial agreements and working with our customers to deliver value from flexibility across generation and demand response.

    Prior to joining SmartestEnergy, Angus spent four years developing and operating an extensive range of wind turbines, hydro schemes and biogas plants across the UK.

    Gemma Huett
    Head of Flexibility Markets, BEIS

    Gemma is responsible for ensuring that flexibility providers can access energy markets on a level-playing field. She works within the smart energy team which is coordinating the transition to a smart energy system. Prior to joining this team, Gemma has worked across Government departments on areas of work such as labour market reform, smart meter delivery as well as undertaking a secondment to the Fairtrade Foundation.

  • Corentin Baschet
    Energy Storage Analyst, Clean Horizon

    Corentin Baschet graduated in engineering at Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and studied his master in sustainable energies at the Imperial College in London. He worked in anaerobic submarine energy propulsion systems and racing yachts electricity system. In early 2016, he joined Clean Horizon’s team, where he works as a technical expert to assess the value of energy storage systems for electricity grids.

    Patrick Cassels
    ‎Senior Strategy Analyst, National Grid

    Patrick is a Senior Strategy Analyst within the Commercial function of the Electricity System Operator. He is one of the principle authors of System Needs and Product Strategy. Patrick plays a leading role in ensuring that the technical and commercial design of National Grid’s balancing services will be fit for the rapidly changing needs of the electricity system.

    Patrick was previously the project lead for National Grid’s System Operability Framework (SOF), a technical needs horizon scanning document based on the Future Energy Scenarios. Patrick has held a variety of both engineering and commercial posts within the organisation.


  • Whole Systems Approach: The Place for Storage

    Nigel Holmes
    CEO, Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

    Nigel is Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), the trade association for development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. SHFCA is recognised as one of the most active hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe, with over 90 members mostly in Scotland and UK but an increasing number of members from overseas. Nigel represents SHFCA member interests on the Renewable Industry Advisory Group, and is a steering group member for both the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership and Community Energy Scotland.

    Dr Grant Wilson
    Teaching and Research Fellow, The University of Sheffield

    Dr Grant Wilson is a teaching and research fellow within the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at The University of Sheffield. He is currently a researcher on the UKERC FlexiNET project, which aims to deliver new understanding and insights on the levels of seasonal and diurnal flexibility that future GB energy networks will require in order to deliver demands for heat. Previous research has focused on energy storage arbitrage revenues, horizon scanning for energy storage, and more recently on the potential benefits of CO2 utilisation. He is a strong advocate for energy storage at different timescales, including renewable fuels.

    Chris Clarke
    Director of Asset Management, Safety and Environment, Wales & West Utilities

    A Chartered Engineer and experienced operations manager, Chris has over 30 years’ experience within the UK energy industry and is currently the Director of Asset Management, Safety and Environment at Wales & West Utilities. Chris is responsible for the asset investment and system operation teams and has recently led multiple research projects on the lowest cost pathway to decarbonise heat.

  • Stephen McAuley
    Managing Director, Crowley Carbon UK

    Stephen is an entrepreneur with a focus on solutions to a number of environmental issues from reduction of single use plastic through to energy efficiency and overall reduction of waste.
    Stephen is Managing Director of Crowley Carbon UK Limited a company he formed in 2009 to help large energy consuming industrial and commercial clients reduce their energy consumption. The business typically delivers a 30% reduction in energy consumption with a payback of less than 3 years all wrapped into a package which guarantees the outcome/savings. The business is focussed on solving the problem, whatever that may be, rather than selling specific solutions.

    Bill Ireland
    Managing Director, Logan Energy

    Bill has over 30 years’ experience in engineering with specialist knowledge in energy within built environments, alternative technologies, sustainable design and technological innovation. As CEO since 2012, Bill has made Logan Energy the provider of choice for fuel cell distributed generation and developed the business into a world leading provider of hydrogen based solutions for energy storage and energy sector shifting. Bill believes that proven hydrogen technologies integrated with existing energy and transport systems will play an increasing role in our future energy solutions, providing lower cost, security of supply, with alternative transport fuels reducing CO2 and other pollutant emissions.

    Dr Alex Buckman
    Senior Analyst, Transport Systems and Infrastructure, Energy Systems Catapult

    Alex Buckman joined the Energy Systems Catapult from the Energy Technologies Institute in 2017. Continuing with the delivery of ETI work, he is the technical lead on the Heat Infrastructure Development, Storage and Flexibility Modelling and Transition Analysis projects. Prior to joining ETI, Alex completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, exploring methods of energy reduction and comfort provision in Smart Buildings. He also carried out research on how buildings can be optimised for use within a Smart Grid. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, also from the University of Sheffield

  • Subject to change. Correct as of 1 February 2018.

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