International Renewable Electricity – an essential system?

Venue, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, Friday 21st May 2010

A one day forum to bring together energy orientated academics, scientists, engineers, practitioners, to contribute to policy development and inform the current debate, in consideration of de-carbonising the energy sector. 


Registration and refreshments  


Welcome and Overview


Mark Barrett, UCL Energy Institute


Europe policy context and demand, supply, storage and transmission


Mark Barrett, UCL Energy Institute




       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Jeremy Harrison, Innovation Team EON

Session 1: Demand: Transport


Long Term Futures based on Renewable Energy


Dr Mark Delucchi, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California

Overview of Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and Dr Mark Delucchi’s work indicating that renewable energy can is the cheapest overall and most practicable source of long term power and energy, worldwide.


       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Professor Nick Jenkins, Institute of Energy, and member of SuperGen Consortium, School of Engineering, Cardiff University


The Offshore Valuation

Tim Helweg Larsen, Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC)

The Offshore Valuation is a new study, commissioned by 14 organisations drawn from across UK Government and industry, to answer the question: What is the value of the UK’s offshore renewable energy resource?


       Q&A, 10 minutes


Refreshment Break





Session 2: Large Scale: EU Supergrid


The role of the European Supergrid in achieving 100% renewable energy mix


Andrew Smith, London Analytics

How interlinking grids, exploiting existing hydro can deliver penetrations of renewables energy at reasonable cost


       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Jeremy Harrison, Innovation Consultant, EON




100% Renewables, a possible Roadmap for Europe and North Africa?

Gus Schellekens, Price Waterhouse Coopers

How we might reach a high renewables future


       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Chris Bale, Carbon Catalysts


Renewable Energy’s contribution to transport and scope for assisting renewables integrations


Dr Mark Delucchi, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California


       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Professor Nick Jenkins, University of Cardiff



Session 3: Implementation


Implementation from Europe


Speaker, TBC


       Q&A, 10 minutes


The UK National Grid and Intermittency – the Issues


Speaker TBC


       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Rob Gross, Imperial College, London






Problems with Large Scale Renewable Scenarios


Gary Keane, Pöyry Energy Consulting


       Q&A, 10 minutes, Chair, Martin Alder, Vice- Chairman AEP and Operations Director Wind Direct




Speaker TBC


       Q&A, 10 minutes




Chair, Chris Bale, CEO, Ocean Electric Power


Closing Remarks and invitation to Drinks Reception


Goran Strbac, Imperial College, London (TBC)

The Organisers

Claverton Energy Group Claverton Energy Group is a network of 600 Energy scientists, engineers and economists who regularly discuss these energy issues. In addition to academic participants, the Claverton Energy Group includes a significant number of practitioners with professional experience of designing, building and operating energy systems. This combination of academic and practitioner experience is highly unusual and of considerable value to both groups. It represents a significant broadening of the conventional academic concept of interdisciplinarity.

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) was set up in 2004 to provide a focus for energy research in the UK while galvanising collaborative international energy research. A key supporting function of UKERC is the Meeting Place, based in Oxford, which aims to bring together members of the UK energy community and overseas experts from different disciplines, to learn, identify problems, develop solutions and further the energy debate.

Steering CommitteeDave Andrews, Claverton Energy Group
Mark Barrett, University College London
Robert Gross, Imperial College London
Robert Lowe, University College London
Tadj Oreszczyn, University College London
Emma Todd, University College London
Karyn John, UKERC Meeting Place

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