The Renewables Revolution: A Good News Conference - London

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We are delighted to be holding a half-day conference to mark Independence Day this July which focuses on how we can Power our Buildings for a Cleaner Future. Come and join us for the very latest thinking from expert speakers, good networking opportunities and drinks reception!

Celebrate Independence (from fossil fuels) Day with us:
Powering our Buildings for a Cleaner Future

Until very recently, integrating renewable energy technologies into buildings has been a ‘nice to have’ addition, the main barriers being capital costs, competiveness with fossil fuel energy and scepticism. However, recent evidence shows that these barriers either no longer exist or will soon become invalid.

For example:

  • The cost of photovoltaics has plummeted to 70% below 2010 prices (pre-Feed In Tariff)
  • In the first quarter of 2016, UK renewables’ share of electricity generation (hydro, wind and other renewables) was 25.1% and rising
  • 21st April 2017 was the first day since the Industrial Revolution that the UK has not used any coal for energy generation
  • Even hard nosed investors now consider that renewables are competitive with conventional fossil fuel energy, becoming cheaper in the near future (see

This half-day conference will bring together a host of experts in the field to discuss:

  •     Local and national renewable energy policy
  •     The current and future state of the UK energy mix – what a 100% renewable UK would look like
  •     Technological innovation in solar photovoltaics (pv) and ground source heat pumps
  •     The non-domestic renewable heat incentive
  •     Solar pv initiatives - unlocking funding opportunities
  •     Breakthroughs in battery storage for buildings
  •     Case studies with integrated renewables


13.30    Registration and tea / coffee

14.00    Welcome from Lucy Pedler, Director, The Green Register

14.05    Time to get much smarter about renewable energy – the national perspective
Nicky Hodges, Senior Researcher, Centre for Sustainable Energy

National energy policy, regulation and market design – creating the conditions for success.

14.25    Zero Carbon London by 2050: the Regional Perspective
Matthew Thomas, Principal Policy and Programme Officer, Energy, Greater London Authority

14.45    Renewable Heating & Smart Integration
Shaun Gibbons, Senior Project Officer (Smart Energy), Greater London Authority

A demonstration (case study included) of how London is meeting the challenge of decarbonising heat through innovative renewable solutions and the role of smart energy systems in creating a city wide solution.

15.05    Solar PV initiatives - unlocking funding/funding opportunities
Karen Klomp
, Development Manager – Housing Consultancy, Real Estate & Infrastructure, Capita

Two initiatives being rolled out in conjunction with the GLA on behalf of the Mayor of London: Solar Together London, a group-buying scheme, and a second initiative is a fully funded solar PV framework for social housing providers.

15.25    Refreshments

15.45   Ground Source Heat Pump Systems — tackling fuel poverty,  sustainable heating case study & the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive  
Dr. Stuart Gadsden, Technical Sales Manager, Kensa Contracting Limited

Introducing the concept of shared ground loop GSHP systems where one common ground array acts as the heat source to multiple properties, each with their own individual GSHP.

16.05    Buildings as Power Stations: Two Case Studies
Joanna Clarke, Building Integration Manager, SPECIFIC

Two Case Studies of completed building demonstrator projects by SPECIFIC, the Active Classroom and the Active Office, which aim to turn buildings into power stations by functionalising the building envelope, using solar energy to generate electricity and heat, and storing that energy for use within the building.

16.25    Battery storage – shaking up the way that we provide energy for our homes
Martin Allman, sonnen

How battery storage technology and smart business models can be used to change the way that we manage and use energy in our homes.

16.45   Get it from the Sun (GIFTS) Challenge: monitoring local progress towards energy independence
Professor Keith Barnham, author of The Burning Answer: A user's guide to the solar revolution 

GIFTS spreadsheet matches local supply and demand 24/7, 52 weeks a year with wind, solar power and bio-electricity. It predicts when energy independence can be achieved.

17.05    Open panel discussion/roundup chaired by Lucy Pedler, The Green Register

17.30    Close and drinks reception

A new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle will be available to view on the day.
Please note speakers and timings are subject to change.

Further information:

  • In the coming decades the UK is uniquely placed to benefit from three innovations that could help fire a smart power revolution.
  • Interconnection - connecting our electricity network to our continental neighbours is already bringing down bills and helping to balance the system. More connections to cheap, green power supplies, from Norway and Iceland could bring great benefits to the UK. Government should redouble its efforts to open new connections.
  • Storage - technology is accelerating at a remarkable speed. The UK could become a world leader in making use of these technologies, not through subsidies, but by ensuring that better regulation creates a level playing field between generation and storage.
  • Demand flexibility - A new generation of hi-tech systems means consumers can save money and cut emissions without inconvenience. Government should ensure the UK’s benefits by improving regulation, informing the public of its benefits and piloting schemes on its own estate.

What did our delegates say they found most useful about this event when held in Bristol last year?

“Hearing positive stories, collaborative working and the acceptance of renewables”
"Excellent - all was most useful - very much enjoyed Keith’s presentation."
“The practical use of Renewable Energy Resources in the ‘Active Classroom’”


Book 3 places at this event and get the 3rd place free. Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received. This offer may not be used in conjunction with other offers.

Early Bird rates are available until 16th May 2018.

This event is held in parnership with

July 4th, 2018 1:30 PM   to   5:30 PM
Roots and Shoots
Walnut Tree Walk
London, SE11 6DN
United Kingdom

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Event Fee(s)
Members £ 65.00
Non-Members £ 99.00
Members - incl place at Achieving Airtightness seminar 23 Oct 15, 9.30-12.30 £ 99.00
Members £ 65.00
Members £ 65.00
Non-Members - incl place at Achieving Airtightness seminar 23 Oct 15, 9.30-12.30 £ 135.00
Non-Members £ 99.00
Non-members £ 99.00

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