0900: Coffee and registration

0930: Plenary

Chair – George Penfold, Electricity Storage Network @GigawattGeorge


Research Gate logo

“Photovoltaics as the bedrock of the energy system”

Nicola is Professor of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering and leads the Energy Systems research group at Northumbria University. An early participant in the photovoltaics sector, she is a long-standing and eminent member of the academic community.


  Twitter icon

“The grid of the future”

Claire is the Head of Business Development at National Grid, the operator of Britain’s high-voltage network. She will give the perspective of the grid operator on the evolution of the electricity system as we start to accelerate towards decarbonisation.


  Twitter icon

“The future of smart infrastructure”

Matt is an Executive Director of SmarterUK which aims to be the national champion for smart infrastructure development. He also leads on TechUK’s ‘Internet of Things’ programme.

1045: Coffee

1115: Smart storage & infrastructure

Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities

Twitter icon

“Smart Energy in Wales”

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs will give the keynote political speech at Smart Energy Wales. Welsh Government is a crucial partner to many in the sector, and actively supports a number of ‘smart’ projects across Wales.



 Felicity Jones of Everoze


A partner in Everoze, Felicity is one of the UK’s most trusted and experienced voices on issues around energy storage and financing. We’re delighted that she’s back presenting at Smart Energy Wales for the third successive year.




Hydrogen’s role in the future of energy

Guto is one of Wales’ foremost experts in the hydrogen economy, and he’ll be sharing his thoughts on the potential roles that hydrogen can play in transport, heat and electricity. Guto’s presentation will take place through the medium of Welsh – simultaneous translation will be provided to all delegates.

1230: Networking lunch

1315: Smart grids, blockchain & demand response

Session available for sponsorship

Chair –


Sonya Bedford

“Squeezing the last drop out of the grid”

Sonya is Head of Renewable Energy at the law firm Stephens Scown. She brings enormous experience across a range of technologies and project types, and will be exploring the alternative types of grid connection which could allow greater capacity. These include export limiting, active network management and others.

“The Pylon Blockchain network”

Markos is the Chief Operating Officer of Klenergy, the company behind the Pylon blockchain network. The platform has the potential to enable certification and payment for clean energy, and to allow ownership and investment in sustainable energy projects.

1430: Coffee

1500: Spotlight on Smart 💡

Compère – Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru

Each of our exhibitors has a two-minute opportunity to amaze and inspire the audience with their products and services. All served along with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

1600: End of conference