2020 Conference Overview

  • All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 Conference Topics

    Topics coming under the conference spotlight in 2020 in the main conference, in the show floor theatres (where applicable) and by means of academic posters, are listed below.


    • Biomass – policy; production; use; case histories; challenges and opportunities; innovative solutions
    • Biogas – policy; challenges and opportunities; production; use; and energy conversion
    • Biofuel – policy; challenges and opportunities; production; use; and energy conversion (see also Circular economy; and Energy from waste)

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) – policy/strategy; projects; challenges and opportunities; and innovative solutions.

    Circular economy in the built environment - policy/ strategy, projects, case histories, challenges and opportunities, innovative solutions and including:

    • Circular economy materials for low carbon buildings – how to reduce embedded carbon from reused, recycled or remanufactured materials. Making use of natural materials with lower embedded carbon
    • How digital technology can future-proof construction and design out waste with the benefit of reduced embedded carbon from reduced material use and waste generation. Making use of natural material with lower embedded carbon

    Community and local energy

    • What is a community?
    • How to access new routes to market – including ancillary services, Fast Frequency Response (FFR)
    • Innovative grid connections
    • What are the opportunities that the transition to DSO may bring for community and local scale energy?
    • Implications of the smart export guarantee for community projects
    • Making the best use of constrained energy
    • Local and low carbon heat solutions – including off gas grid areas
    • Technology providers looking for community partners
    • Innovative financing and funding models for local energy systems
    • Attracting local business to areas with abundant power sources
    • International examples of local energy systems
    • Examples of energy storage in local communities
    • Whole system energy projects
    • Addressing fuel poverty through local energy
    • Managing peak demand in local energy systems
    • Case histories
    • Innovative solutions

    Corporate PPAs - case histories/lessons learned from both sides of the ‘fence’ would be appreciated.

    Disruptive technology, digitalisation and cyber security – innovation to the fore!

    Energy efficiency in the built environment – policy/strategy; the business of energy efficiency; case histories; corporates – meeting requirements; private landlords – meeting requirements (retrofit to the fore – in Scotland minimum energy Efficiency requirements for PSLs willb e in force from April at the point of change of tenancy); public sector – meeting requirements; SMEs – meeting requirements; social housing – meeting requirements; smart cities – steps being taken; retrofit; insulation; lighting (and steps for reducing lighting energy consumption); innovative solutions; all coupled with behavioural change.

    Energy from waste - policy/strategy; challenges and opportunities; case histories; and innovative solutions.

    Energy storage – we are eager to feature all forms of energy storage and include presentations on usage, case histories, and innovative solutions aimed at developing cost-effective and suitable approaches.

    Energy systems – steps to be taken to achieve net-zero. Policy/strategy; innovative solutions and case histories:

    • Planning and innovating net zero
    • The future of the UK electricity system
    • The future of the gas system
    • The future of the UK oil and gas industry

    Finance and funding – where is the money in a subsidy free world? We are eager to hear from funders of all types able to help our exhibitors and visitors.

    Grid/Smart grid – policy; demand side management (DSM)/ monitoring systems/smart meters; DC power; islands need-cases (e.g. covering interconnection vs active management); interconnectors.

    Heating (see Low carbon heat) including a session looking at solutions funded by Scotland’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP)

    Hydrogen and fuel cells – including usage (in transport please refer to the Low Carbon Transport conference stream within Dcarbonise 2020); energy conversion; re-energising UK industry for clean growth; and innovative solutions.

    Hydropower – policy/strategy; challenges and opportunities; large/small projects; pumped storage; case histories, innovative solutions.

    Industry decarbonisation – Steps to decarbonisation of industry; case histories; innovative solutions; net-zero industry (energy for chemicals, fuels, cement, steel etc) with renewables and CCUS (see also Energy systems: Transition).

    Island energy – policy/strategy; challenges and opportunities; innovative solutions.

    Low carbon heat – addressing the challenge of decarbonising heat: Policy/strategy; all forms of low carbon heat including renewable heat, heat pumps/air source pumps, hydrogen, geothermal, thermal solar etc); heat networks (district heating), innovative solutions; reducing heat consumption.

    Low carbon transport (being held in association with ITS United Kingdom) Presentations and academic posters relating to all modes: cars, goods vehicles and powered two-wheelers (PTWs), cycles, innovative mobility, marine vessels, rail and aviation welcome:

    • Connected and automated vehicles: policy and use cases
    • Connected and automated vehicles: technology and human factors
    • Low carbon vehicles: policy and use cases
    • Low carbon vehicles: technology and human factors
    • Low carbon vehicles: refuelling infrastructure
    • Active travel
    • Innovative mobility: e-bikes, cargo bikes, drones..... 
    • Innovative mobility: data, communications payment process and Mobility as a Service
    • Smart parking
    • Smart fleets
    • Reducing noise in transport
    • Reducing emissions in transport

    Marine renewables – tidal and wave

    • Policy; cost reduction (including learning from other sectors); international cooperation and experience; opportunities and challenges; technology transfer from the oil and gas industry + offshore engineering expertise, skills; sharing of learned practices in subsea sector; tidal large/small projects/developments at home and overseas; wave projects/developments at home and overseas – case histories welcome; and innovative solutions.

    Smart and sustainable cities – challenges and opportunities; delivering net zero cities -case histories from cities and towns (UK and overseas); smart solutions; the human factor – getting communities and individuals on board. We would welcome input from construction companies, large property owners, investors, and transport companies with city routes. (Energy efficiency solutions best submitted to Energy efficiency; most transport solutions best submitted to Low carbon transport).

    Solar (PV and thermal) – case histories; project/development updates; innovative solutions

    Sustainable cities – see above under ‘Smart and sustainable cities’

    Transport (see Low carbon transport)

    Wind – offshore – policy/strategy; lowering LCOE; projects/developments at home and overseas; floating wind developments and innovations; the ‘vital ingredients’ – current and future turbines; environmental considerations; installation vessels; O&M; fabrication etc. De-risking investment with dynamic energy yield assessment.

    Wind – onshore – How can we move things on with speed? Policy/strategy; challenges and opportunities; pre-construction – measurements and analysis in the real world; post-construction – monitoring and modelling for asset productivity and longevity; life extension and repowering – going the extra mile without falling over; and innovative solutions. Cooperation. De-risking investment with dynamic energy yield assessment.

    Other – We have received plenty of interesting ideas under this heading! Watch this space to see what other topics we will be taking on board!

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