Upcoming webinars on the future of energy

Join us to discuss the future of energy, in our series of webinars

The world may be focused on the immediate threat of coronavirus, but we feel strongly that it’s as important as ever for us to continue with our work to tackle the climate crisis and create a zero carbon energy system that’s good for people and for the planet.

We’re launching a series of webinars so you can stay up-to-date with our work and with the latest developments in the transition to a renewable energy future.

Below you’ll find the details for our upcoming webinars, as well as how you can catch up with webinars which have already taken place.

To keep updated with any future webinars we add to this series, please sign up to our Low Carbon Hub mailing list.

Upcoming Low Carbon Hub webinars

B4 LIVE: Energy Solutions Oxfordshire – A new Low Carbon Hub programme

When: Wednesday 8 July, 12pm

Find out how effective an ‘energy services’ approach can be in reducing your organisation’s energy bills and reliance on traditional fuel sources.

The Low Carbon Hub has for many years supported organisations across Oxfordshire with advice and funding to help reduce both energy consumption and contributions to climate change. It has now launched its latest programme, Energy Solutions Oxfordshire, (ESOx) to accelerate this transformation and to enable even more organisations to improve their resilience through reduced energy bills and greater on-site energy generation. Commercial buildings account for 40% of energy used in Oxfordshire, so local business has an important role to play developing sustainable strategies to help achieve our climate change goals, whilst in the process benefiting from the greater resilience this brings.

Through this relaxed session we aim to provide real examples of success and show how an energy services approach through ESOx can help you overcome some of the barriers and pitfalls that may be encountered along the way. This session will be introduced by experts from the Low Carbon Hub and will be a truly interactive session with information relevant to most Oxfordshire businesses, charities and social enterprises.

People in smart local energy systems – some thoughts from Project LEO and beyond with Sarah Darby

When: Tuesday 14 July, 6-7pm
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_97EDQkkxR1ayy5iFIKj8RA

A lot of attention is paid to the technology in energy systems, especially the newer ‘smart’ technology. But energy systems rely on people as much as on technology; indeed, they only exist because people need energy services. This webinar looks at what roles people play in energy systems, how Project LEO is bringing together people with technologies in new ways, and what we can learn from evaluations of smart energy trials.

Sarah Darby is acting leader of the Energy Programme and an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute. She has a special interest in how energy systems change as a result of people interacting with technology and with each other. Her research has included evaluating the effectiveness of energy advice programmes and the British smart metering programme, analysing community energy projects and assessing the potential for ‘active demand’ in electricity systems. Sarah holds a BSc in Ecological Science from Edinburgh University, a Diploma in Planning from Oxford Polytechnic and a doctorate from Oxford University. She is leading Work Package WP6 of Project LEO, which aims to capture what we learn from the project, assist with engaging stakeholders, and share knowledge gained through LEO as widely as possible, from interested members of the public through to government.

The Role of Electric Vehicles in Project LEO and the energy system of the future with Paige Mullen of Nuvve

When: Tuesday 21 July, 6-7pm
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dAEevdo8TVGkwfBB6wuw6w

As more and more people get EVs, they are adding demand to the electricity system through the need for charging. EVs are also a potential energy source in themselves – acting as battery storage systems when plugged in. To accommodate these things we need a smarter, more flexible, and more responsive energy system, which is exactly what Project LEO is all about. In this webinar we’ll be exploring the role of EVs in Project LEO and the future energy system, with Paige Mullen.

Paige Mullen is Project Manager at Nuvve. Nuvve is the global leader in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, and a partner on Project LEO, providing V2G and smart EV chargers.

The role of flexibility in a net zero energy system with Graham Oakes

When: Tuesday 28 July, 6-7pm
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3PNA7R_1RIWLbXROCdsXgQ

Running large volumes of renewable generation creates new challenges for the energy system. The sun and wind work to their own schedules; they won’t necessarily be available to generate electricity just because I want to boil the kettle. This means we need to manage demand for electricity differently. Fortunately, that creates an opportunity as much as a challenge — numerous studies have shown that using new digital technologies and energy storage systems to manage our loads more flexibly can significantly reduce the cost of delivering zero carbon energy. This webinar will look at just what this means for the energy system, and for the way that people might interact with it.

Graham Oakes helps people solve complex problems. He’s a systems engineer with 35 years’ experience wiorking with organisations ranging from Cisco, Skype, Sony and Vodafone to Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Oxfam to develop high tech systems, products and services. He entered the energy sector in 2013 when he responded to a challenge prize run by Nesta. That response led to the creation of Upside Energy, which now employs almost 40 people and has built a digital platform to manage flexibility on the energy system. Upside has won numerous prizes and awards for its low carbon innovation.

Since the beginning of 2019, Graham has focused on helping organisations develop products that enable people to engage with and benefit from the energy transition through use of local, community and municipal energy. He is currently working with several such projects in a number of regions in the UK and Europe. He holds a first degree in Geophysics from the University of Queensland and a PhD from Imperial College, London. He is a Chartered Engineer, FBCS and FRSA.

Catch up with previous webinars

Investing in the Low Carbon Hub – your questions answered, Tuesday 26 May

The Low Carbon Hub’s Barbara Hammond (CEO) and Saskya Huggins (Social Impact Director) discussed why investing in community energy is a powerful action to take against the climate crisis, and our latest investment opportunity within the Community Energy Fund.

Energy System Transition: A better local solution with Professor Malcolm McCulloch, Tuesday 2 June

Professor Malcolm McCulloch (University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science) spoke about the transition to an energy system centred around renewable energy generation, and particularly on the role of local energy within this system.

A Network for Net Zero – the first year of Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) with Mel Bryce

For our third webinar, Melanie Bryce gave an overview of the first year of Project Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO) – one of the most ambitious, wide-ranging, innovative, and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK, which the Low Carbon Hub is also a partner on. Zoe Toone, Marketing Coordinator at the Low Carbon Hub, introduced the webinar and took questions throughout.

The Low Carbon Hub’s Community Coffee Morning – Community Energy Fortnight

We held a nationwide Community Coffee Morning as part of Community Energy Fortnight 2020, inviting low carbon community groups from across the country to join us to share ideas on how to keep the momentum going on climate change during coronavirus.

Project LEO’s smart-grid trials in Oxfordshire (so far) with Dr Scot Wheeler

Dr Scot Wheeler of Oxford University gave an overview of the smart-grid trials which have already taken place in Oxfordshire as part of Project LEO, what has been learnt from them, and what further trials will be taking place.

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