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Preparing Leicester Businesses for the Smart Energy Revolution

De Montfort University
03/11/2017 (09:00-14:00)
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De Montfort University has a strong track record in cutting edge energy research. Rick Greenough, Professor of Energy Systems at De Montfort University will lead this event on the new developments in smart energy, how businesses can make the most of new opportunities and a avoid some of the potential pitfalls of the energy revolution. 




08:30 – 09:00    Registration and breakfast 

09:00 – 09:30    Welcome and intro 

9:30 – 10:00      Talk 1 – Smart energy management

10:00 – 10:30    Talk 2 – Electric vehicles and charging strategies

10:30 – 11:00    Talk 3 – Business opportunities from demand response

11:00 – 11:30    Coffee

11:30 – 12:00    Talk 4 – Research into Industrial Energy Efficiency

12:00 – 12:30    Talk 5 – Funding opportunities

12:30 – 13:00    Talk 6 – Panel session to field questions arising from talks

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch



Talk 1 – Smart energy management

Half-hourly metering using smart meters can help businesses to adopt a more cost-effective approach to energy procurement. Different types of energy contract and the use of energy management tools help managers to gain insight into opportunities for energy efficiency and investment in energy saving technologies such as renewable energy technologies and battery storage. How can utility companies help with demand response? Links to later talk by OFGEM.

  • British Gas – Distributed energy and power business (Chris Shuker)




Talk 2 – Electric vehicles and charging strategies

Following recent announcements by government and vehicle manufacturers about phasing out fossil fuel only cars, businesses need to think about onsite charging of staff vehicles, lease car strategies, congestion zones in cities and developments in range and price of EVs.

  • Cenex – EV chargers, vehicle developments and V2G (Becky Gough)




Talk 3 – Business opportunities from demand response

Energy market reform allows businesses that can flex their electricity use to profit from demand response. For example, selling spare backup generating capacity, load shedding at short notice in response to signals from the grid and the use of battery storage.

  • National Grid - Power Responsive (Richard Hanson)




Talk 4 – Results of research into industrial energy efficiency

Industry uses about 30% of Europe’s energy but there are significant opportunities to reduce this through efficiency, renewable generation and waste energy re-use. The sector is very diverse and what works for one industry may not work in others. This talk will describe a four year study into a wide range of ways to reduce energy use in the food, textiles and foundry industries in Europe.

  • De Montfort University (Rick Greenough)



Talk 5 – Funding opportunities for low carbon projects

  • Green BELLE – Darsheet Chauhan



Talk 6 – Panel discussion

  • Darsheet Chauhan (Leicester Energy Agency)

  • Paul Fleming (DMU)

  • Rick Greenough (DMU)

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