By 2020, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar will be cheap and easy to manage. Technological advances, environmental concerns and political backing will drive their adoption around the world.
Renewable energy is entering a virtuous circle, with rising investment (over £15.2bn in the UK last year alone) and greater deployment bringing down costs. There is no better evidence of that than the Paris Agreement clinched in December.
Fossil fuels, in contrast, appear locked in a downward spiral, in which financial and political misfortune feed off each other. Subsidies that support fossil fuels, despite their environmental toll, are being replaced with carbon pricing schemes that weigh these fuels down. Investors are more closely scrutinising the risks inherent in stocks and bonds underpinned by reserves of coal, oil and natural gas that may never be tapped.
Against this backdrop of rapid change and innovation across the energy landscape, New Scientist and RE•WORK are hosting a 1 day Reinventing Energy Summit, which will bring together 250+ innovators, industry experts and world class research scientists, to challenge the status quo and outline a new vision for cleaner, smarter energy.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Neal Coady, Head of Innovation, British Gas
- Manish Naik, Senior Technology Associate, BP
- Sara Bell, CEO & Founder, Tempus Energy
- Arthur Kay, CEO, bio-bean
- Andrew Haslett, Chief Engineer, Energy Technologies Institute
- Molly Webb, Founder, Energy Unlocked
- Simon Roberts, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy
- Howard Porter, CEO, BEAMA
The summit is a chance for business leaders, managers, technologists, energy customers and investors to learn first-hand how the energy landscape will change in the next 5 years. Leading market players such as British Gas and BP will outline their vision for innovation and its likely impact for energy customers.
Agenda topics will include:
- Machine Learning
- Smart Energy Storage
- Smart Grid
- Next-Gen Battery Storage
- Computational Sustainability
- Intelligent Automated Systems
As IEA executive director Fatih Birol put it on the eve of the Paris climate talks:
“There should be no energy company in the world who would believe that climate policies will not affect their businesses. If any company believes that climate policies are [just] the issue of the NGOs and think tanks, they are making a grave mistake.”
If the last five years saw rapid change, the next five hold even more radical changes in store which is why the Reinventing Energy Summit is a must attend date in any energy customer’s diary.
Discounted tickets end this Friday 21 October. Save over £100 and book your place here.