Priorities for UK energy innovation and research - funding, commercialisation and collaboration

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 7 March 2019
Westminster Forum Projects , Sixty One Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

This conference will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss next steps for supporting innovation in the UK energy sector - looking at the future direction of policy and assessing the effectiveness of a range of measures already in place.

Keynote Speakers

Matthew Billson

Head of Strategy - Energy Innovation Programme, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Professor John Loughhead

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Delegates will assess priorities for incentivising innovation across energy infrastructure, including the role of government funding and the impact of initiatives such as the Energy Innovation Programme and the Small Modular Reactors competition, in the context of the Clean Growth Strategy and the Industrial Strategy.

They will also examine the projects awarded finance as part of the £90m Network Innovation Competition and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s £10m provided for smart local energy systems.

Delegates will consider how best to accelerate innovation across energy generation, efficiency and storage, and how less established technologies like marine energy and waste-to-fuel can be commercialised and brought to market.

It also follows the recently announced consultation on measures to support innovation and the route to market for small-scale low carbon generation of electricity.

We also expect discussion on the impact of innovation on consumer engagement, reducing customer bills, and maximising the use of existing renewable energy assets as well as developments in community energy projects.

Further sessions bring out latest thinking on collaboration and addressing potential barriers to finance.

Following the announced £5bn Energy Investment Portfolio, it will be an opportunity to discuss what is needed from government to help engage international investors, businesses in the energy sector and higher education in upgrading the energy system.

The agenda also looks at opportunities for collaboration in research and will bring together key stakeholders including universities, scientific Research Councils, industry and their supply chains to examine what more is needed to support the development of the energy system and strengthen the UK’s skills base.