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Decentralised Energy Systems Part 2: Bristol

  • Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 18:00 to Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 20:30
  • Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Bristol, BS1 3AD
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • communities, sme's, energy specialists, heating/cooling specialists, decentralised energy interests, students, sustainable companies, people wishing to live decentralised, local businesses


Decentralised energy is not yet a widely understood term, but could pave the way for a productive, sustainable future. Join us for an exciting evening panel discussion on heat networks, energy from waste, smart energy, renewable microgrids, energy storage & more.
The Future Economy Network is happy to announce this event will be sponsored by our network members, Kensa Contracting. We will be joined by Clean Energy Prospector, and network members Kensa Contracting and University of Bristol to speak at this event. We will be hosted by the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, on behalf of Bevan Brittan.
This is the finale in a two-part series on Decentralised Energy Systems. Both events will cover different topics and have different speakers, so we advise attending both if possible. They are also standalone events, so both events will be valuable separately. See the first event here.

Colin Nolden, Researcher at University of Bristol, will be speaking about the Riding Sunbeams project.
In 2019, Riding Sunbeams, a community energy intermediary, demonstrated for the first time ever that it is possible to connect solar photovoltaic panels directly into electrified railways to power trains. For utility services such as railways and water, where there is little scope to reduce or flex demand, procuring renewable energy at the point of such demand provides a direct means of decarbonising and securing supply. Community (and in the case of railways also commuter) ownership of forthcoming renewable energy projects to satisfy this demand provides a route to market for community energy in a post-subsidy environment while providing locally owned direct-wire options for transport decarbonisation.

David Broom, Commercial Director at Kensa, will discuss Community Heating and Cooling with Shared Ground Loop Heat Pumps. David will discuss how heat networks and sustainability is the core of what Kensa do. David will be talking about how they use Shared Ground Loop ground source heat pumps as an alternative to traditional heat networks, and how their innovative system architecture removes all of the issues experienced with a central plant alternative. Providing the best possible outcomes for the resident and the building owner. David will also run through a couple of case studies of schemes they have delivered.
Damon Rand, Founder at Clean Energy Prospector, will talk about a new joint venture initiative, the Microgrid Foundry, owned by Community Energy cooperatives with the mission to help UK housebuilders fund maximal installations of renewables across new homes.

18:00 - 18:20 Registration and Food
18:20- 18:30 Introduction from The Future Economy Network
18:30 - 18:45 University of Bristol, Colin Nolden
18:45 - 19:00 Kensa, David Broom
19:00 - 19:15 CEPRO (Clean Energy Prospector), Damon Rand
19:15 - 19:45 Panel Discussion/Q&A
19:45 - 19:50 60 Second Pitches
19:50 - 20:00 Close
20:00 - 20:30 Networking and Food

Get To Know Our Speakers!

Colin Nolden, Researcher, University of Bristol
Colin researches sustainable energy policy, regulation, business models and markets at the intersection of climate change and mobility at University of Bristol and University of Oxford. He recently worked as a researcher for Riding Sunbeams, a consortium which has succeeded in directly connecting solar PV into electrified railway lines to power trains.

David Broom, Commercial Director, Kensa
David has 13 years of experience working with the design and application of ground source heat pumps. David joined Kensa in 2008 and works on large complex commercial applications of ground source heat pump projects. In his time with the company he has played a key role in establishing shared ground loops as a recognised solution for tackling fuel poverty, carbon reduction, air quality and energy security in both the social housing and new build development sector.

Damon Rand, Founder, Clean Energy Prospector
Damon Rand is the founder of Clean Energy Prospector, a Bristol-based start-up developing community microgrids that integrate solar, heat pumps and storage.

This event is sponsored by Kensa.
Kensa Contracting is an award-winning specialist delivery partner and contractor for Fifth Generation District Heating networks featuring Ground Source Heat Pumps and Shared Ground Loop Arrays.
Offering unrivalled experience and expertise, Kensa Contracting delivers a complete solution including design, specification, project management, householder liaison, specialist sub-contractor supervision, equipment supply, commissioning, and support with access to subsidies.
Delivering proven, robust and reliable systems from simple tried-and-tested to ambitious and innovative applications, Kensa Contracting is leading the adoption of low carbon heat frameworks to achieve the UK’s net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.

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