Whole System Approaches for Smart, Flexible Energy Systems

1:00 PM - 7:30 PM, 10 September 2018
ExeterEnergy , The Exchange University of Exeter, Penryn Campus ,TR10 9EZ, United Kingdom

Energy systems are changing rapidly in terms of technologies and their economics, behaviours and governance. The change in research and policy focus around renewable energy sources, from deployment, to integration, is a key phase in this transition, requiring energy systems to be smart and flexible, as well as low-carbon. Necessitating the coordination of multiple technological and social innovations, it is evident that such challenges cannot be addressed from within disciplinary boundaries, and calls for a greater coordination of expertise and approaches from multiple disciplines towards a whole-systems approach.

ExeterEnergy is an initiative bringing together over 100 individuals engaged in energy issues at the University to collectively make sense of and facilitate transformation and resilience in energy systems. This involves all colleges across campuses, including CEMPS (Renewables, CSM, Mathematics), CLES (CGES, Biosciences), Social Sciences (Law, Politics, Sociology) the Business School (Organisation Studies, Economics), and the Medical School (ECEHH). 

Together, and in partnership with industry, government and civil society, our focus is on understanding and addressing the challenges associated with changing energy systems.

This launch event aims to:

  • Celebrate the full breadth and depth of energy activity across the University
  • Bridge disciplinary/college divides by identifying synergies between the research efforts of individuals/research groups within the university
  • Provide a platform for strengthening links with organisations outside of the university

The first part of the afternoon is an internal networking event for University staff and students, with a ‘speed-dating’ session providing an opportunity to interact with others from the University beyond their immediate network.

Individuals and organisations from outside of the University are then invited to join us after 4pm. We will hear about the diversity of energy research from across the University. After a networking reception, invited speakers will then offer three perspectives on addressing the whole energy systems challenge.

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