17:30 - Lecture Programme
17.30 - Registration
18.00 - Lecture begins
Chair: Tony Quinn (Chair IMechE Renewable Power
Keynote: Technical Challenges posed by The Carbon Reduction Plan
John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser, BEIS
The Policy Gap
Owen Bellamy, Senior Analyst, Committee on Climate Change
Progress to date is behind 2030 targets. Existing policies seek c150TWh of low carbon generation. A review of progress to date and the innovation challenges that need to be met to add another 100TWh by 2030. Challenges in production and bringing down the cost of low carbon technologies (particularly off-shore wind and marine). May touch on storage.
The Network Gap
Grant Spence, Senior Principal Consultant, Mott MacDonald
Successive U.K. Governments have made significant progress in setting and delivering targets which have helped to begin the process of decarbonising the electricity network connecting increasing volumes of renewable generation to the grid. However, engineering analysis performed and published by National Grid in late 2016 indicates that progress to fully decarbonise the electricity system will be harder to achieve compared with the progress to date and requiring that we address technical issues we have not had to consider so far.
The presentation will consider the technical issues identified by National Grid, as well as giving a technical perspective on the so far largely unidentified gaps in our present efforts to transform the grid network. Concluding with consideration of the potential pathways to deliver whole system decarbonisation of the network while maintaining system operability throughout.
The Transport Gap
Esther Dudek, Senior Consultant, EA Technology Ltd
Decarbonising our energy consumption cannot ignore transport, and uptake of EVs is increasing rapidly, with increasing choice for customers and decreasing prices. As more drivers switch to electric vehicles there is a potential impact on the distribution network, particularly from home charging. This presentation will describe this potential impact and look at the work underway as part of the Electric Nation project to trial a potential smart solution
19.00 - Q&A session
19:30 - Lecture concludes