Wednesday 7 February

  • Electric Vehicles & Transport

    Matthew Trevaskis
    Head of Electric Vehicles, REA

    Matthew Trevaskis is the REA's Head of Electric Vehicles, leading on the vision of the potential for EVs to influence and integrate with an increasingly renewable and decentralised grid.

    Matthew has run an EV consultancy since 2005 which originally began by operating a fleet of 16 Peugeot EVs although Matthew's history with electric transport stretches back to 1999 when he personally bought an electric moped.  He has driven around 200,000 miles in EVs in the UK and across Europe and has owned solely EVs for over 10 years.

    Through his consultancy work designing and delivering product training and market development support to automotive manufacturers and retailers, the broader automotive & electrical sectors including charging point manufacturers, Matthew is well known as an independent professional within the sector. 

    Matthew has also advised on the deployment of EVs and charging infrastructure within Local Authority, NHS and private sector fleets and provided technical support and project management to a Local Authority bid to become one of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles' "Plugged In Places"

    He now regularly contributes to the EV Group of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and other sector groups, extending to a technical capacity, as he holds several electrical qualifications.

    David Hill
    Commercial Director, Open Energi

    David Hill is an expert on electricity markets and demand flexibility. He is responsible for defining and delivering Open Energi’s strategy to radically reduce the cost of delivering and consuming power. This includes working with customers and strategic partners to grow our network of distributed energy assets, develop new products and realise new market opportunities. David joined Open Energi in 2010 after completing an MSc Energy, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School.

    Dr Marco Landi
    Innovation Lead – Vehicle-to-Grid & EV Charging, Innovate UK

    Marco Landi is an Innovation Lead at Innovate UK: focusing on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Electric Vehicle Charging, his role is to foster innovation projects and activities that bring together the Automotive and the Energy Sectors and lead to a tighter and smarter interaction of EVs with the Power Grid. Before joining Innovate UK, Marco worked at Jaguar Land Rover where he designed the charging systems of the upcoming EV line-up, including the new Jaguar i-Pace. Marco holds a Ph.D. In Information Engineering: during his research at the University of Illinois he developed testing station and algorithms for battery characterization, and management of EV aggregations in a V2G framework.

  • Dr Christoph Birkl
    CEO, Brill Power

    Christoph is CEO and co-founder of Brill Power, a spin-out company of Oxford University. He obtained his PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford on the topic of lithium ion battery degradation. Christoph has over 7 years of research experience on energy storage and conversion technologies and is now working on improving battery energy storage through intelligent control with Brill Power.

    Alex Earl
    UK Country Manager, Alfen

    Alex is the UK Country Manager for Alfen, a market-leading manufacturer of smart EV charge points and large-scale battery storage systems. Driven by his passion for sustainability and energy, Alex moved into the renewable sector in 2009, working for a not-for-profit organisation supporting solar businesses in Africa. He then moved to work for The New Motion in 2011 helping to build it into one of the leading charge point operators in Europe, heading up their Product and Energy division. He joined Alfen in 2015 to start up their UK business.

    Dr Richard Kemp-Harper
    Head of Innovation and Business Development, Arcola Energy

    Richard Kemp-Harper is an expert in innovation and technology development across transport and energy sectors. He spent 6 years working at InnovateUK, designing and managing national innovation programmes in intelligent mobility, rail and fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. He moved on to the sharp end of innovation, working with a number of small companies to help with the process of finding product market fit and identifying leading customers for innovative technologies. He now heads up innovation and business development for Arcola Energy, a small systems engineering business specialising in zero emission transport and clean energy systems.

  • 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.



  • Scaling to Gigawatts 2: Battery Storage

    Dr Marek Kubik
    Market Director, Fluence Energy

    Marek leads Fluence’s UK and Ireland client solutions team and is responsible for overseeing the development and coordination of Energy Storage sales and project proposals across UK&I, the Middle East and Africa. He has approaching a decade of experience in energy and sustainability, including an instrumental role in the development of the UK’s first fully commercial battery storage array at Kilroot Power Station in 2015. Marek is a 2017 honouree of the Forbes 30 Under 30; a list that recognises the most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars in their respective industries. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Durham University and an Engineering Doctorate from the University of Reading.

    Ben Hall
    Associate Director, Cornwall Energy Associates

    Ben leads on business development for Cornwall Insight and has experience of working on bespoke consultancy projects in the UK power market for a range of investors, developers, generators, energy suppliers and intermediaries. At Cornwall Insight, Ben has:

    • Co-chaired the Green Generators Group since its inception in 2011
    • Led commercial and regulatory due diligence work on a range of flexibility and renewables assets
    • Supported a major local authority through retail market entry
    • Led the development of a number of Cornwall Insight’s renewables services

    Dr Alastair Martin
    Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Flexitricity

    A professional energy engineer, Alastair has 18 years of experience in the energy industry ranging from gigawatt-scale coal and nuclear power stations, through industrial energy efficiency, to small wind, solar, biomass and hydro generators. In 2004, Alastair founded Martin Energy Ltd, now Flexitricity Limited, after formulating the core Flexitricity concepts of aggregated load management and flexible generation.

    Before founding Flexitricity, he worked on energy efficiency and renewable energy at Scottish Water and as a project engineer for Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited, now Doosan Babcock. Previously, he conducted research at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh in process intensification and offshore engineering.

  • Jake Dunn
    Business Development Manager, Vattenfall Innovation

    Having worked in energy trading for 20 years at companies such as Eon, NDA and most recently Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH, Jake Dunn moved to Vattenfall Innovation GmbH in 2015 where he originated the ideas for the UK’s first hybrid solar PV /wind site in Wales, the UK’s first co located battery at a wind farm and more recently the acquisition of iSupply by Vattenfall.

    Working out of Vattenfall offices in Germany, Netherlands and the UK, Jake was educated in Manchester, Paris and Bristol and resides in the Cotswolds with his wife, three children and a Border Terrier.

    Andrew Fletcher
    Managing Director, Carbon Control

    Andrew graduated from Southbank University in 1992 with an Honours Degree in Environmental Engineering. An MBA from Kingston Business School followed in 1998. Prior to establishing Carbon Control Limited in 2007, Andrew held senior management positions within Westminster City Council, BT, O2 and The Caudwell Group of Companies. Today, Andrew holds the position of Managing Director of Carbon Control, splitting his time between providing organisational leadership and consulting on energy. His potent blend of technical knowledge and commercial acumen are evident in the energy conservation, renewable and energy storage solutions delivered by Carbon Control Limited for its diverse customer base spanning private, public and third sectors.

  • Local Government & Energy Storage

    Polly Billington
    Director, UK100

    Polly Billington is the Director of UK100 - a network of UK cities and local authorities committed to 100% clean energy. She was special adviser to Ed Miliband when the Department of Energy and Climate Change was established, an adviser to him as Leader of the Opposition and a parliamentary candidate in Thurrock in 2015. After that General Election she was Director of Communications on Sadiq Khan’s selection campaign to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor. She devised and led the 100% London campaign, getting both Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq to commit to London adopting 100% clean energy.  She has 15 years experience as a journalist at the BBC, working as the first ever dedicated Political Reporter for Radio 1 Newsbeat as well as Radio 4's Today programme, and was also Head of Communications and Campaigns at Citizens Advice. During the referendum campaign she was Campaign Director of Environmentalists for Europe.

    Mark Jenkinson
    City Director London,  Siemens

    Based out of Siemens’ Global Center of Competence Cities at the Crystal, Mark oversees Siemens’ city approach in the Nordics, UK and Ireland.

    In March 2013, Mark also took on the role of City Director London – a key focus of the role is to support London’s sustainable development through the provision of smart, efficient technological solutions and services for building, transport and energy infrastructure.

    Mark joined Siemens in 1993 and since then has taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities across Siemens in a wide range of sectors in the UK, across mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Daniel Barrett
    Smart Energy Lead, Greater London Authority

    A proven policy, programme and project manager with over a decade’s experience in the UK energy, renewables and transport sectors. Currently leading on smart, distributed energy systems and technologies as a senior member of the Mayor’s Energy for Londoners’ team at the Greater London Authority. Working closely with organisations in London, UK and Europe, central government, local councils, business, academia and community groups to set an overall zero carbon vision for London. Achieving this vision by managing multi-million pound investments in new technologies and distributed energy resources that are clean, flexible, affordable, commercial and ready for the future.

  • Martin Allman
    Country Director UK & Ireland, sonnen

    Martin is Country Director UK for sonnen GmbH, the market leader in residential battery storage systems, and is responsible for the development of the company’s business in the emerging markets of UK and Ireland. Martin has been working in renewable energy for over 11 years and has extensive experience in developing businesses in the sector, working with installers, developers, product manufacturers and distributors. Martin is also a director of Westmill Solar Co-operative. Since 2010, sonnen has sold over 25,000 sonnenBatterie systems around the world, with core markets in Germany, the US, Italy, Australia and the UK.

    Dr Ian Chilvers
    Chief Power Systems Engineer, Smart Power Systems

    Dr Ian Chilvers is the Founder and Chief Power Systems Engineer at Smart Power Systems. He began his career as a Power Systems Engineer working in the global oil and gas industries. It was these highly technical industries where he developed expert knowledge in batteries, control systems and the role of islanded, off grid power systems.

    In 2000 he took a research position at UMIST, where he went onto to secure his Doctorate in the Integration of Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation into Power Systems. He is now currently involved in designing Energy Storage Systems and Microgrid hardware and software architecture.

    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.

  • Transition From DNOs to DSOs: Opportunities for Storage

    Farina Farrier
    Open Networks Project Manager, Energy Networks Association

    Farina is a Project Manager at the Energy Networks Association and has over 5 years of experience in leading engineering and business change projects within the energy and utilities sectors. Farina is currently managing the Open Networks project that is leading the DNO to DSO transition across the electricity networks to lay the foundations of a smart energy grid in the UK. Farina works closely with the network operators, Government, stakeholders and industry in defining, planning and delivering the project.

    Andrew Scobie
    CEO, Faraday Grid

    Andrew is an economist and systems designer. He has previously served as Managing Director of a number of logistics, process automation and management consultancies. Andrew remains highly engaged in economic and industry policy and has served on the boards of various peak business organisations. His involvement in public policy and research has focused on industry development and innovation in economies of the European Union, United Kingdom and Australia.

    Andrew is one of the original founders of the Faraday Grid and serves as both Chief Executive and Chair of the Faraday Grid board.

    Marc Smeed
    Principal Consultant, Xero Energy

    Grid specialist and Chartered electrical engineer. Principal at Xero Energy Ltd consultancy, in Glasgow. I am a passionate about decarbonising the electricity supply sector and enjoy adding value through my work. As part of the expert team at Xero, I have spent the last decade helping to reduce grid related risks and costs for many renewable energy and storage projects. I deliver value through my strong background in transmission and distribution systems, technical design, grid connection, charging, commercial strategy and regulatory policy. I lead work on energy storage and flexible energy systems, regulation and policy at Xero Energy.

  • Dionysios Stamatiadis
    Power System Development Engineer, UK Power Networks

    Dionysios is a power systems engineer with 5 years of experience in smart grid technologies and solutions to facilitate the decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation of energy systems. His academic and work experience focus on the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (e.g. Storage, EV, Demand Side Management) and the transition to actively managed distribution networks.

    In his current role within UK Power Network’s Smart Grid Development team, Dionysios is responsible for the delivery of standards and projects that will enable the continued integration of embedded technologies and facilitate the transition to a distribution system operator. He is actively involved in ENA’s Open Network project and works closely with the System Operator and other key stakeholders.

    Patrick Caiger-Smith
    CEO, Green Energy Options

    When the sustainability agenda was still a novelty, Patrick saw the need to generate consumer interest and understanding of household energy consumption. He co-founded his current Cambridge based business in 2006 which helps the energy retail industry with smart home products and services, particularly in generating insight around behaviour change and consumer attitudes. This interest has now moved towards ‘hybrid homes’, smart grids and enabling demand response in the residential sector with integrated control of tariffs, energy storage and local generation.

    Active with Industry Groups, Patrick is currently President and a director of the trade association BEAMA, chairs the Consumer Committee for ESMIG, chairs the Consumer Energy Data group at BEAMA and is a member of the Enterprise and Innovation Councils of the CBI. Patrick is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from Cranfield University. Prior to starting geo, Patrick’s career has been in manufacturing industry where he has run several international businesses as Managing Director.


  • Commercial & Industrial Behind the Meter Projects

    Ray Noble
    Senior Advisor - Solar, Storage and Electric Vehicles, REA

    Ray Noble was a Building Engineering Group Director at Arup when he first became involved with solar PV in the late 1980’s. Ray has been involved in the development of the EU solar industry and in 1999 moved to BP Solar, at the time the largest solar manufacturer in the world, where he continued to work on various projects across Europe and was appointed to the UK Government’s Renewable Advisory Board. In 1996 Ray closed the UK operations of BP Solar and set up a consultancy business advising many of the top global solar manufacturers and developers. Ray assisted in setting up the BRE National Solar Centre. He is the specialist PV Consultant for the REA and had a close relationship with DECC where he advised on their solar strategy. Through his consultancy he has advised manufacturers, developers, financiers, corporate organisations as well installers. He is passionate about quality and standards. Ray is still linked with the UK Government where he is the current EV advisor. Ray is Senior Advisor at the REA for solar, energy storage and electric vehicles.

    Duncan Dale
    Vice President Customers and New Products, Statkraft

    Duncan built up Statkraft’s trading business in the UK where it is now a market leader in renewable PPAs as well as a retailer into the industrial and commercial segment, directly and through third parties. In the last two years he has started to build Statkraft’s flexibility aggregation business and battery sales through Bryt Energy.

    Sam Harden
    Senior Business Developer, Innogy Renewables UK

    Sam is a business development professional with a passion for innovation in the energy industry. Sam’s career has spanned across cleantech venture capital, energy trading, business energy solutions and battery system integration. In his last few years he has been committed to realisation of value from battery energy storage systems from mid to large scale applications, realising projects that total >60 MW across Europe.

  • Matt Allen
    Founder and CEO, Become Energy

    Matt has been involved in various parts of the energy value chain from electricity supply (Good Energy and Tempus), renewables development (Livos) and market research/consulting (Bloomberg New Energy Finance). In a former existence, he served in the US Peace Corps in SE Asia, worked for the Democratic Party in the 2004 Presidential election and was a 4 year collegiate athlete. He founded Become Energy (developer, funder and asset manager of battery storage projects for corporates) with a clear social mission. Matt has a passion for business model innovation and disruption, with the goal of improvement, which can be measured financially, socially and environmentally.

    Adam Piper
    Executive Director, Renewable Energy, Willis Towers Watson

    Adam, an experienced Renewable Energy risk specialist with 30 years in the insurance industry, including working in the US between 2000 and 2004. Adam is responsible for a number of global Renewable Energy Developers with more than 13,000MW within their portfolios, including full range of technologies of wind, solar and battery storage. As Client Relationship Director and Managing Risk Consultant he is accountable for the programme design and placement of the Construction and Operational Risks as well as the balance of the Corporate Programme. 

    A risk solutions innovator, Adam develops solutions for emerging risks, including planning issues and Supply Chain.

    Steven Clarke
    Distributed Energy Solutions Sales Manager, Centrica Business Solutions

    Steven has been working in the field of big data and energy for over 10 years, specialising in solutions associated with virtual power plants, smart grid and demand side response services to industrial and commercial customers. He has a technology background specialising in the Internet of Things and the use of sensor data to optimise supply chains, business processes and asset operations.  At Centrica Business Solutions his role is to help customers maximise the benefits of new technology as the nation transitions to a low carbon economy. He was responsible for the first deployment of demand side response into the water industry and is working with customers to create big data models for process optimisation.

  • Heat Storage

    Jeff Douglas
    Practice Manager, Energy Systems, Energy Systems Catapult

    Jeff Douglas is the Practice Manager, Energy Systems at The Energy Systems Catapult. He previously worked on the Smart Systems and Heat Programme with The Energy Technologies Institute, and led electricity network strategy and development at Central Networks, then a part of E.ON UK.

    He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a member of the IET’s Energy Sector Executive group. His specialities are: the strategic development of heat systems, electricity distribution, strategy, regulation and future electricity networks.

    Current interests include energy system strategy with a focus on heat, shaping the energy products, services, tools and approaches that enable transition to a low carbon future.

    Dr Daniel Friedrich
    Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh

    Dr Daniel Friedrich is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Mathematics for Engineering Applications at the Institute for Energy Systems in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He is an applied mathematician interested in the modelling and optimisation of dynamic processes in the wider energy area. This includes detailed component simulations as well as the simulation of the complete energy system, e.g. distributed energy systems. Daniel is a Co-I in two EPSRC projects where he is responsible for process modelling and system optimisation. Daniel established the university-wide Low Carbon Heating Research Network at the University of Edinburgh in 2015.

    Andrew Bissell
    CEO, Sunamp

    Sundamp designs, produces and sells compact, highly efficient, powerful Heat Batteries that use non-toxic Phase Change Material (PCM) to store heat energy. As well as exceptionally high energy density, they provide hot water at high flow rates, delivering world-leading high power density. This makes them optimal for a wide range of applications, including energy efficiency, grid balancing and renewable energy.

    Andrew has a BSc Computer Science from University of Edinburgh and is a successful serial technology entrepreneur: his first company Voxar achieved leading global market share in 3D medical visualisation, with a turnover in excess of €10M and 80+ employees, before exiting at €39M to Barco NV. It is now part of Canon, and employs over 120 people in Edinburgh.

    Sunamp Ltd has sold over €3M of product, employs 28 staff, and is poised for growth. Its innovative Heat Battery products are already installed in over 900 homes and businesses, reliably providing low carbon heat and hot water daily to thousands of people.

  • Tony Glover
    Director of Policy and Gas, Energy Networks Association

    Tony has a background in Whitehall and Westminster, having worked at the heart of government for two chief whips as well as a spell in 10 Downing Street. Since 2003 he has worked at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), he is currently Director of Policy where he is responsible for the Communications, Policy, Regulation, European and Gas teams. He has led the campaign to address the scourge of metal theft by changing the scrap metal law.

    Peter North
    Senior Manager - Programme Delivery - Sustainable Energy, Greater London Authority

    Peter North holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Building Services Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.

    His professional career has been in the energy sector in design, development and implementation of both the private and public sector energy projects. His technology experience ranges from nuclear and fossil fuels, to combined heat and power, district heating and renewables including waste. Peter’s work has involved the commercial development of energy projects combining engineering with commercial structuring and financing.

    Peter is currently a Senior Manager – Programme Delivery (Sustainable Energy), with the Greater London Authority. His main role is supporting both the public and private sector to develop and deliver larger-scale urban heat network projects. Peter is also involved in the research, strategy and policy development and planning of large-scale heat networks and the innovative application of local energy production to meet the Mayor’s commitment for London to be a zero carbon city by 2050.


  • Finance Finale

    Albert Cheung
    Head of Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

    Albert manages the global research team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the leading provider of independent research on transformation in the energy sector. Albert’s group is responsible for BNEF’s research in renewable energy, energy storage, energy smart technologies and advanced transport, as well as cross-sector modelling. Albert joined BNEF in 2009 and has previously led the company’s product management group, as well as its energy smart technologies analyst team. Albert holds a MEng in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

    Dr Ben Irons
    Executive Director, Aurora Energy Research

    Ben is an Executive Director of Aurora and Head of Commissioned Projects. Prior to joining Aurora, Ben spent 6 years at McKinsey and Company in London, where he specialised in energy and sustainability. He advised a wide range of clients from multinational corporations to governments and NGOs across Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Ben then spent 3 years at Centrica Energy as Director of Strategy, playing an active part in investment planning and management of assets in power generation, oil and gas production, and LNG. Ben holds a first class honours degree in Engineering from Massey University in New Zealand, and an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

    Ulrika Wising
    Head of Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency, Macquarie Bank

    Ulrika Wising has a PhD in Chemical Engineering specialized in energy efficiency in industry and has spent most of her career advising companies on how to become more energy efficient, reduce their energy costs and minimise their carbon footprint. Since joining Macquarie Bank, where she heads up battery storage and energy efficiency, she has focused on investments in behind the meter battery storage for large energy users and how they can minimise their peak electricity costs through the use of a battery.

  • Bridgit Hartland-Johnson
    Business Expert – Energy, Siemens Financial Services

    Bridgit used to be head of energy storage for Siemens in the UK and then moved to Siemens Financial Services to try and use her experience/expertise to see how they could get some cheaper money into the market to try and accelerate investments and market growth.

    Mark Turrell
    Director, Capitas Finance

    Mark has 25 years of transaction and leadership experience in Asset & Commercial Finance, covering multiple asset classes and industries, gained within both bank and non-bank financing organisations including RBS & GE Capital. Within these organisations Mark held business development and leadership roles managing relationships with customers and partners, structuring a full range of small ticket to large value transactions and financing programmes. A number of these transactions included renewable energy technologies and energy assets. Capitas is now solely focused on helping customers and suppliers of energy solutions structure commercial transactions to help deliver projects in the energy efficiency market and we bring significant expertise and knowledge to help close small to medium sized projects.

    Doreen Abeysundra
    Managing Director, Fresco Advisory

    Doreen Abeysundra is an astute and affable project financier and advisor; an entrepreneur with a passion for clean technology. Her project financing banking experience for deals across the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa has honed a risk-embracing financier, with a keen aptitude for originating innovative concepts and diverse structures, negotiating mandates and securing commitments. With extensive contacts across developers, sponsors, debt and equity providers, including venture capitalists and angel investors, she is actively exploring the inclusion of financing disruptors such as blockchain and cryptocurrency into the renewable energy sector.

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

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