London Sessions: Future Energy

On May 16th, we brought the Future of Energy to the Royal Academy of Engineering with our fifth Science: Disrupt London Session. We covering a ton of ground, on the vast world of renewables, the complicated problem of energy storage, and how distributed energy systems could be the way forward in emerging markets.

We were joined by three brilliant speakers who shared their insight on the rapidly changing Energy space.

To kick off the night, though, we had a fab intro from Nick Winser CBE, Chair of the Energy Systems Catapult:


Our first speaker was Melissa Stark, a Managing Director in Accenture’s Energy industry group. Melissa's focus is on natural gas, LNG, and Renewable generation. With over 22 years of experience working across all sectors of the energy industry Melissa was able to clue our audience in on the efforts and work done in energy R&D, investment, decision support and supply chain.


Next we had, Angelo Prete Chairman of Teraloop, a Helsinki based kinetic energy storage company utilising large scale flywheel technology.

Check out Angelo's slides here.


Our third speaker was Elizabeth Nyeko the Co-Founder of Mandulis Energy. Launched in Uganda, Mandulis Energy develops software-enabled grid and off-grid renewable energy projects in emerging markets, including the supply of sustainable biomass to large-scale electricity producers.

Check out Elizabeth's slides here.


Finally we had Dr Stephen Hall of the University of Leeds. Stephen currently holds an EPSRC fellowship investigating deep decarbonisation of cities. He is interested in the links between low carbon innovation, economics, energy, climate change and society. In particular he is interested in the role of cities and regions in delivering infrastructures compatible with low carbon futures.

Check out Steve's slides here.


We capped the evening off with a panel and audience Q&A hosted by Nick Winsor. NIck was appointed Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult in January 2015 and has been a Non Executive Director of Kier Group since 2009 where he also Chairs its Safety, Health and Environment Committee. Nick was also previously UK CEO and Board Member of National Grid.