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0900: Coffee and registration

0930: Plenary

Chair – George Penfold, Electricity Storage Network @GigawattGeorge


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“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.


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“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.


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“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

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“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.


Plastic to energy

Described as ‘The catalyst to create and effective after use plastics economy’ Plas-Pod goes beyond being the most efficient method of recovering energy from plastic-waste: it also enables non-recyclable, legacy and litter plastic to be used to generate heat and power at the point where the waste is produced, which also happens to be the most efficient place to generate energy: in the home or within a community

1230: Networking lunch

1315: Smart grids, blockchain & demand response

Chair – Janine Michael, Centre for Sustainable Energy


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.

“The reality gap”

On 1st March 2018, the UK experienced a huge surge in heat demand. The gas system managed to maintain supply, but what would the implications be for a heat system which is increasingly electrified? Dr Grant Wilson examines the gap between what the electricity system can deliver, and what would be needed for an electrically heated society.

“Smart Grids and future regulation”

Chris leads Ofgem’s work on strategy and emerging issues within the energy systems transition group. This deals with potential changes to market arrangements (connections, determinations, charging modifications) that may be needed as our energy systems evolve.

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