Innovation - Show Floor Seminar Theatre

Innovation - Show Floor Seminar Theatre

16 May 2019, 10:30 - 15:30

Innovation Show Floor Seminar Theatre

Organised by UKRI (UK Innovation and Research)

10:30-12:00 | How robotics will be used in changing energy landscape?
In this session we will explore the opportunities for Robotics in the Energy Sector, alongside the technical and business challenges faced by Robotics developers who want to enter or grow into this sector. We’ll discuss the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund challenge for Robotics in Extreme and Hazardous Environments and how this funds and supports robotics in Nuclear, Offshore Oil & Gas and Offshore Renewables.

Chair: Mark Emerton, Senior Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

  • Tony Fong, Engineering Manager, Operational Performance, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Rebecca Alison, Manager of the Asset Integrity Solution Centre, Oil and Gas Technology Centre, 
  • Nick Sykes, Manager- RACE, UK Atomic Energy Authority

12:30-14:00 | Smart Local Energy Systems 
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Prospering from the energy revolution
How can we deliver cheaper, clean energy systems across the UK by 2030? Come and hear how UK industry, supported by the Industrial Strategy is developing smart local energy systems which integrate energy supply with heat, power and transport energy demands in an intelligent way. 

  • Welcome and chair - Jenni McDonnell
  • Introduction to PFER - David Richardson, Innovate UK
  • GreenSCIES: Flexibility, mobility and 5th generation heat networks - Jim Scott, CPO, Grid Edge 
  • WESLID design project - David Wallace, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult
  • The Energy Revolution Integration Service - Eva Gromadzki, Director, Energy Revolution Integration Service Energy Systems Catapult
  • The Energy Revolution Research Consortium - Stephen McArthur, University of Strathclyde 
  • Q&A


14:30-16:00 | How to create net-zero industrial clusters in the UK by 2040

  • Ensuring that the low-carbon infrastructure needed to support industrial decarbonisation will be in place and operational before 2030, attracting new investment and innovation, building on economies of scale and scope.
  • Ensuring by 2030 that multiple industrial facilities will already have reduced their emissions, by the greatest possible extent
  • How to attract innovators, investors and problem solvers to create a low-carbon exemplar that others in the UK and internationally can learn from and replicate - Positioning UK clusters as top areas for global inward investment and driving demand for low carbon products and technologies by harnessing the power of markets, the public sector, universities and local communities.

Chair: David Hytch, Innovate UK
Speakers include:

  • Emrah Durusut, Senior Principal, Element Energy
  • Alex White, Policy Manager, Aldersgate Group
  • Jonathan Briggs, Senior Advisor, OGCI Climate Investments
  • Aaron Goater, Senior Analyst at Committee on Climate Change
  • Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson, Principal Consultant, Worley


Programme subject to change


  • Jonathan Briggs


    Senior Advisor

    OGCI Climate Investments

    Jonathan Briggs is an advisor at OGCI Climate Investments, an oil & gas industry initiative of 13 oil & gas companies with a £1.3 billion investment...

  • Jim Scott



    Grid Edge

    Jim is Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Grid Edge. Grid Edge use data science to help consumers become more active players in the energy...

  • Eva Gromadzki


    Director, Energy Revolution Integration Service

    Energy Systems Catapult

    Eva has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, with a broad range of strategic and commercial experience and a track record in driving...

  • Alex White


    Policy Manager

    Aldersgate Group

    Alex is the Policy Manger at the Aldersgate Group, a multi-stakeholder alliance championing a competitive and environmentally sustainable economy....

  • Emrah Durusut


    Senior Principal

    Element Energy

    Emrah is a Senior Principal and leads Element Energy consultancy in the CCUS and industrial decarbonisation sectors. He provides advice to national...

  • Kerry-Ann Adamson


    Principal Consultant


    Subject Matter Expert with 20 years hands on experience in hydrogen and fuel cell strategy, trend spotting and analysis, planning and business growth...

  • Mark Emerton


    Senior Innovation Lead

    Innovate UK

    Mark is an Innovation Lead for Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at Innovate UK, and primarily supports the Robots for a Safer World Industrial...

  • Tony Fong


    Engineering Manager, Operational Performance

    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

    Tony is a chartered mechanical engineer with over 10 years of experience from the Aerospace and Offshore Renewables industries. Managing a team of...

  • Nicholas Sykes


    Head of Mechanical Design


    Nick Sykes joined UKAEA after a diverse engineering career. In this role he has varied responsibilities including Key Customer Lead Decommissioning...

  • Stephen McArthur



    University of Strathclyde

    Stephen McArthur is a Professor of Intelligent Energy Systems at the University of Strathclyde. His main area of expertise is the application of AI...

  • Aaron Goater


    Lead Industry Analyst

    Committee on Climate Change

    Aaron leads the CCC's analysis of decarbonisation of industry (manufacturing, construction, refining and fossil fuel production). Recently this has...