The Energy Revolution: The Future of Energy Storage in Manchester

  • 07 March 2017
  • 08.30 - 11.00
  • Citylabs 1.0
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The Energy Revolution: The Future of Energy Storage in Manchester

7th March 2017

08.30am - 10:45 am

Citylabs 1.0

‘’The world's next energy revolution is probably no more than five or ten years away. Cutting-edge research into cheap and clean forms of electricity storage is moving so fast that we may never again need to build 20th Century power plants in this country…’’ Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

What is the energy revolution?

The question of energy storage is a pressing one, so it’s no surprise that it has become the industry hot topic in recent years.

Energy storage technologies now have the potential to revolutionise the global energy landscape by moving away from unsustainable energy sources such as fossil fuels, and resolving the key issues associated with early renewable energy systems.

These new technologies present an exciting opportunity for innovation in the way we store and manage energy, as well as paving the way for other life-improving technologies.

To meet the UK's carbon targets, the way we generate and use energy will need to change. For Manchester, the challenge is to understand how these changes can be accommodated in parallel with city and population growth which means ever increasing demands on our existing energy infrastructure. Manchester will need to understand how it can utilise new and emerging technologies (such as battery storage) and innovative energy models (such as Demand Side Response) in order to have a sustainable energy system in the future.

What can you expect from the event?

For the first time in Manchester, we are bringing together some of the UK’s leading energy experts to ask: how can we take advantage of new innovations in energy storage technologies in Manchester?

Joining us to kick start the first of these events is Ed Sargent from Tesla UK

Since Tesla was founded in 2003, it has been pushing boundaries as part of its mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla is leading this move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Electric Vehicles and Battery Storage technologies. Ten years ago the idea of battery powered vehicles was almost unheard of - today - there are over one million electric cars on the world’s roads.

Other keynote speakers at this event include:

These expert speakers will share their insights on these fast changing technologies and provoke debate on developing and implementing innovative new energy storage schemes across Manchester.

We are inviting all interested individuals and companies across Manchester to join the debate and contribute to the future energy revolution.


08:30 - Breakfast and Networking

09:00 - Welcome - Bev Taylor, Head of Utilities, Bruntwood/MSP

09:10 - Dr Rebecca Todd, University of Manchester

09:25 - Neil Jones, Low Carbon Energy Innovation Manager

09:40 - Ed Sargent, Tesla

09:55 - Q&A Session moderated by George Bartley, CityVerve Project Manager

10:15 - Networking, tea, coffee

10:45 Close

Speaker bios :

Ed Sargent:

Ed Sargent heads up business development for Power Pack in the UK. Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla is not just a carmaker, but a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation. Tesla is leading the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Electric Vehicles and Battery Storage.

Dr Rebecca Todd:

Rebecca is a lecturer with the Power Conversion Research Group at The University of Manchester, UK. After completing her Engineering Doctorate (Eng.D.) in 2006, she was a Research Associate in the Rolls-Royce UTC conducting research on the Intelligent Electric Power Network Evaluation Facility. She was appointed to Lecturer in 2010. Since 2016, she is the Course Director for the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives MSc.

She has experience of leading research with a diverse range of industries, including gas-engine manufacturers, wide band gap device developers, vehicle manufacturers, and energy storage system suppliers and aggregators. This collaborative research has been funded from a variety of sources including, direct industry funding, consultancy, EU FP7, EPSRC and Innovate UK. She is currently a co-investigator on the converters theme of the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics. She has more than 30 international publications and has given presentation at leading electrical engineering conferences around the world.

Neil Jones:

Neil Jones is the Low Carbon Energy Innovation Manager for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. His role is to identify current and future innovations in low carbon energy technology and work to develop relationships and projects that can showcase them at scale across Greater Manchester.

Neil’s current work includes leading the NEDO ‘Smart Communities’ project which is collaboration between Japanese technology partners and Government Department ‘NEDO’ (New Energy and Industrial Development Organisation) and UK partners to install air source heat pumps and Demand Side Response technology in 550 social homes in GM. Neil is also leading Manchester’s involvement with the Energy Systems Catapult’s ‘Smart Systems and Heat’ Programme which seeks to identify and test routes towards the electrification of domestic heat by 2050.

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