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Powering Net-Zero Britain – Energy Futures Lab

Tuesday 8th June @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for the launch of our new White Paper exploring how Britain’s electricity system can be transformed to achieve net-zero emissions

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Powering Net-Zero Britain | White Paper Launch & Panel Discussion

Britain’s electricity sector will play a central role in the UK’s transition to a net-zero emissions economy by mid-century, enabling the decarbonisation of critical sectors like road transport and domestic heating. For this to be achieved, it is expected that Britain’s electricity supply must be carbon-neutral by 2035, requiring a deep and wide-ranging transformation of the sector. Using modelling from the IDLES Programme at Imperial College London, our new White Paper sets out how that transformation can be achieved, detailing a range of cost-efficient portfolios of electricity generation and storage technologies. The report reveals the scale of investment needed in offshore wind and battery storage and examines the future roles of nuclear energy, zero-carbon fuelled generation, and direct air-capture in the UK.

Join us as we launch the paper with a presentation on its key findings and a panel discussion with our expert guests.

Our panel:

  • Dr Marko Aunedi is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London with 20 years of experience in energy system modelling. His current research includes system integration of renewables and low-carbon technologies in decarbonised energy systems and system benefits of flexible technologies such as energy storage and flexible demand. Marko is the lead author of the GB electricity generation capacity mix for net-zero carbon emissions White Paper.
  • Craig Lucas is Director of Energy Transformation at Mott MacDonald. Craig has over 25 years’ experience working in both industry and government, mostly in senior roles in the energy sector. An electrical engineer by profession, he is a recognised expert on energy systems, energy sector development, regulatory and policy development, and research and development (R&D) and innovation management. Previously, Craig was a Director in the UK government responsible for a £500m capital R&D programme.
  • Marta Krajewska is Deputy Director, Power at Energy UK, leading the association’s work on issues regarding electricity generation. Marta is a skilled legal and policy expert with over a decade of experience within national and pan-European associations, energy companies, Government ministries and the European Commission. Previously, Marta was Head of European Affairs, National Grid Ventures, where she was involved in the development of the IFA 2 and Viking Link interconnectors.

Chair:

  • Professor Tim Green is Co-Director of Energy Futures Lab and Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. Tim’s research focuses on the technologies needed to support the development of a low-carbon electricity supply network that can accommodate variable renewable sources and new widespread EV charging while delivering a cost effective and reliable service. Tim is also Principal Investigator on the IDLES programme.

About Energy Futures Lab

Energy Futures Lab is one of seven Global Institutes at Imperial College London. The institute was established to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change. The institute aims to promote energy innovation and advance systemic solutions for a sustainable energy future by bringing together the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial and fostering collaboration with a wide variety of external partners.

The IDLES programme comprises six interconnected projects and brings together expertise from seven departments at Imperial to tackle the diverse challenges associated with transitioning to an integrated, low-carbon energy system. At the core of our approach is the developmentof high temporal and spatial resolution models for a future multi-vector and cross-sectorial energy system.

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