Preparing Leicester Businesses for the Smart Energy Revolution

By Leicester Business Festival (other events)

Friday, November 3 2017 9:00 AM 2:00 PM

De Montfort University has a strong track record in cutting edge energy research. Rick Greenough, Professor of Energy Systems at De Montfort University will lead this event on the new developments in smart energy, how businesses can make the most of new opportunities and a avoid some of the potential pitfalls of the energy revolution. Join us to get ahead of the game to discuss issues including

  • Community energy schemes for domestic consumers

  • Revenue from load shedding agreements for businesses

  • Shifting ROI for low-carbon investments as prices of solar panels and battery storage continue to fall

  • Support for SMEs to help them invest in smart energy technologies

  • Findings from smart grid pilot studies in the UK and European mainland



  • 08:30 – 09:00    Registration and breakfast 

  • 09:00 – 09:30    Welcome and intro 

  • 9:30 – 10:00      Talk 1 – Smart energy management

  • 10:00 – 10:30    Talk 2 – Electric vehicles and charging strategies

  • 10:30 – 11:00    Talk 3 – Business opportunities from demand response

  • 11:00 – 11:30    Coffee

  • 11:30 – 12:00    Talk 4 – Research into Industrial Energy Efficiency

  • 12:00 – 12:30    Talk 5 – Funding opportunities

  • 12:30 – 13:00    Talk 6 – Panel session to field questions arising from talks

  • 13:00 – 14:00    Lunch

Talk 1 – Smart energy management

Half-hourly metering using smart meters can help businesses to adopt a more cost-effective approach to energy procurement. Different types of energy contract and the use of energy management tools help managers to gain insight into opportunities for energy efficiency and investment in energy saving technologies such as renewable energy technologies and battery storage. How can utility companies help with demand response? Links to later talk by OFGEM.

  • British Gas – Distributed energy and power business (Chris Shuker)

Talk 2 – Electric vehicles and charging strategies

Following recent announcements by government and vehicle manufacturers about phasing out fossil fuel only cars, businesses need to think about onsite charging of staff vehicles, lease car strategies, congestion zones in cities and developments in range and price of EVs.

  • Cenex – EV chargers, vehicle developments and V2G (Becky Gough)

Talk 3 – Business opportunities from demand response

Energy market reform allows businesses that can flex their electricity use to profit from demand response. For example, selling spare backup generating capacity, load shedding at short notice in response to signals from the grid and the use of battery storage.

  • National Grid - Power Responsive (Richard Hanson)

Talk 4 – Results of research into industrial energy efficiency

Industry uses about 30% of Europe’s energy but there are significant opportunities to reduce this through efficiency, renewable generation and waste energy re-use. The sector is very diverse and what works for one industry may not work in others. This talk will describe a four year study into a wide range of ways to reduce energy use in the food, textiles and foundry industries in Europe.

  • De Montfort University (Rick Greenough)

Talk 5 – Funding opportunities for low carbon projects

  • Green BELLE – Darsheet Chauhan

Talk 6 – Panel discussion

  • Darsheet Chauhan (Leicester Energy Agency)

  • Paul Fleming (DMU)

  • Rick Greenough (DMU)

Mailing Address

Friars Mill, Bath Lane, Leicester. LE3 5BJ