Energy Systems Conference 2016: 21st Century Challenges

14-15 June 2016 | QEII Centre, Westminster, London, UK

To meet future global energy needs, in ways that are safe, secure, sustainable and affordable, we need a more integrated, intelligent energy system. This is only achievable if we consider all parts of the system and how they interact, all types of participant and all possible technologies; by necessity, this requires a cross-disciplinary approach.

The Energy Systems Conference series brings together researchers, academia, industry, investors and policymakers to explore the most suitable and efficient ways to design, finance and build better and more sustainable energy systems.

The conference aims to provide a forum to:

  • Identify and seek to address the flaws and gaps for energy systems across aspects including policy, investment, technology, attitudes, management and security.
  • Examine new thinking about the structures, processes and policies that are needed to ensure effective integration between different parts of the energy system, from end users to resources.
  • Reflect on case studies from the real world.
  • Discuss how the cost of energy systems can be optimised and how to drive a step change in investment.

The theme of the second Energy Systems Conference will be “21st Century challenges” which speaks to the energy trilemma consisting of: 1) Affordable energy and its impact on jobs, wealth and productivity, 2) low carbon energy, and 3) energy security. Focussing especially on the coming 15 years, we will examine the global drivers affecting the energy system such as governmental policy commitments and objectives, global climate change commitments, investment patterns, technological evolution and resource constraints.

The high level conference themes are:

  1. Global and systemic risk – barriers for the energy system across all aspects including technology, policy, investment, attitudes, management and security
    • What are the commitments and conflicts that will emerge and develop over the next 15 years?
    • What are the flaws and gaps that need to be understood and addressed?
    • How is energy risk being managed as a system that is integrated with other systems and infrastructure such as transport, heat, water, industrial usage, etc.?
    • How can the transition to a low carbon system be best managed to minimise the risks arising from stranded assets and incorporate appropriate attribution of transition costs?
  2. Global narratives – lessons from the real world
    • What can case studies tell us about the challenges the energy system faces, successful approaches and unintended consequences?
    • What are the different approaches to energy policy and what is driving them?
    • What can be learnt about technology and its implementation as we move to a more integrated, intelligent energy system?
    • What sort of societal change is required and where is societal engagement working?
  3. Game changing disruptions – the role of new technologies and engineering solutions in driving change
    • Where are innovation and initiatives at the system level coming from: which fields, in academia or industry, which countries or regions?
    • What roles do emerging technologies play and what are their development and implementation trajectories?
    • How will people’s use of and attitudes towards energy change and what will be the drivers in this evolution?
    • Where are non-energy technology breakthroughs coming from and what parallel lessons can be learnt?
    • How will the role of states and institutions in policy and regulation evolve to incorporate change?
  4. Energy system economics – making affordability cost effective
    • What does the future hold for the cost of energy? How can costs and benefits be factored into affordable solutions?
    • What is the role of carbon accounting and Life Cycle Analysis?
    • How will future engineering and infrastructure risks, lessons and disruptions affect the cost of energy?
    • How can community, national and international differences and tensions be managed?

Abstracts are welcome from both academia and industry. Submissions should be set in the context of the energy system, with a consideration for the different tools and approaches as well as technologies that work to drive integration and highlight research, development and deployment.

Outcomes from the meeting will be published to provide new questions and challenges to be answered by research and academia, recommendations for policy and decision makers, and insights for industry to implement in their working practices.

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  • Elsevier
  • Energy Institute
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