Future Energy Systems

28 September 2021 

 * Subject to change

Tuesday 28 Sep 2021
(all timings BST)

08.45 Welcome Addresses
Adam Soroka, Managing Director, Cavendish Group International
08:50 Opening Keynote – PNDC, (Power Networks Demonstration Centre)
09:20 Panel 1: Democratising and contextualising your data – Effectively Digitising Grid Assets

  • Improving business efficiency using data management & integration – Enabling Data aggregation and classification
  • Secure, scalable and reliable data management and automated delivery – How do we effectively cleanse data?
  • Leveraging the data to empower others – Adopting self-service analytic tools to increase efficiency whilst lowering your carbon footprint
  • Moving away from large data siloes – Developing a Flexible and Autonomous Grid
  • Understanding the Key capabilities – Operational models connecting Data Strategy, connectivity, governance and adoption
  • Sustainable Information Technology and The Future of Data Storage – The steps utilities and energy companies need to make to define innovative carbon friendly data centre models, initiatives and data processes
  • How big data is helping decentralise energy – Creating Smarter and faster networks
  • Integrating and managing legacy data systems – How Data is an asset and needs to be treated as such
  • Embracing data standardisation to ensure effective Interoperability – Developing effective and compliant data models that meet current industry standards and requirements
10:20 Case study
10:45 Panel 2: Harnessing and Developing the Power of Digital Technologies – The Future of Grid

  • How to enable an efficient and transparent information exchange between stakeholders, DNO’s, TSO’s and generators – People, Process, Technology and Data
  • What digital tools are required for network planning, power systems operation and market facilitation – An insight into Machine Learning, predictive maintenance and AI
  • How big data redefines the current utility business model – Creating greater visibility on the supply side of energy through predictive maintenance
  • The opportunities that arise from using edge and cloud software - How do you measure their short term and long-term impact?
  • Managing the evolution and growth of the Common Information Model (CIM) – The key steps for success
  • The Future Business Model for Sustainable Investment – An insight into Government green policies and funding
11:50 Case study
12:15 Panel 3: Defining a digital roadmap for a decentralised energy system - Energy transition
as part of the climate change agenda and solution

  • How to maintain the dispatchable power capacity in the renewable age – Utilising flexible demand management to compensate for intermittent generation
  • Integrating a renewable energy transition strategy and developing a resource development programme - A focus on electrification, hydrogen, wind and solar
  • Carbon capture utilisation, storage and hydrogen infrastructure - What technology framework applies and how this effects development funding
  • How does applying technology reduce waste across the value chain – A spotlight on digital platforms to maximise efficiencies
  • Measuring a Utilities Internal and External Roadmap – An insight into workflows, investment plans and customer target metrics
  • The role of digital technology and achieving net zero carbon emissions – Analysing the collaboration between energy networks in decarbonising heating and transport
  • Regulatory pressure and conformance – Policy evolution in a net zero world focussing on standby capacity whilst clarifying regulations between short and long-term duration energy storage
13:45 Case study
14:10 Panel 4: Modernisation of the Electric Grids - Success stories and Lessons Learned

  • The implementation of data driven technologies – Embracing IoT, Machine Learning and Edge computing fundamentals to increase commercial value
  • The role of AI and Machine Learning – How this technology safeguards industry knowledge and makes data management more effective
  • Mitigating risks associated with applying the latest technology and the impact on data management strategies
  • Incorporating Virtual Power plants and Microgrids in a distributed energy system – What can we learn?
  • Adopting diverse business models for grid-level energy storage – A focus on electrification, hydrogen, wind and solar and overcoming the intermittency of renewable energy
  • Integrating existing technology with latest generation IoT and advanced analytics
15:10 Case study
15:35 Panel 5: Cybersecurity and Protection of Legacy Systems – Creating a fully optimised Agile
Digital Substation

  • Moving with digitalisation while minimising risks that comes with evolution of technology - What can we learn as technology becomes more sophisticated and better protect legacy systems
  • How to manage risks across your supply chain – Developing an effective cyber inventory programme around critical infrastructure
  • How to effectively protect the personal data of customers – The significance of ethical hacking as a preventative counter measure
  • Decreasing the vulnerability of a company’s operational and technology department
  • Evolution of the threat landscape – How a shared responsibility model and cross collaboration is key
  • Practical cases on how to prioritise on cyber investments - A focus on infiltrating cloud
    native systems
16:20 Networking Break
15:25-16:10 PNDC Private Workshop (Invite only)
16:30 Case study
16:15 Panel 6: Corporate Adaptation and Change Management – Future Workforce Objectives

  • Create a culture that truly embraces digitalisation – Developing an agile framework and operating model
  • Centralisation and Decentralisation – Managing the transition between legacy processes and new proactive service models
  • How enterprise of adoption of analytics and data tools represent a significant culture change – Redefining leadership models, championing innovation and empowering middle managers
  • Embracing innovative methods of executing key activities – Utilising new tools and enterprise systems
  • Transitioning the workforce pool – How to effectively manage the impact to business units whilst sustaining motivation and actioning
  • An insight into internal and external change management – Balancing the technological evolution with an ageing workforce whilst effectively managing external stakeholders and fulfilling customer expectations
  • The Proactive service model – Leveraging AI to predict and protect
  • Strike the right balance between investment in technology and people - Managing the cultural shift needed for new technology adoption
Closing Remarks