7th Oxford Energy Day 2018

Digital Change and Energy

Monday, 1st October



Registration closed


Venue: Museum of Natural History, University of Oxford


Digital solutions could revolutionise the energy sector. The phenomenal growth of data storage and communication allows improvement in the control of energy supplies and its uses. The digital society is generating new business models with a variety of implications for energy demand, and energy networks themselves are increasingly digitally managed.

The digital sector is itself becoming a significant energy user. Interactions between energy and digital solutions raise important questions over security and privacy.

The 7th Oxford Energy Day ‘Digital Change and Energy’ will focus on these interactions. Bringing together leading researchers from the University of Oxford and external experts, we will examine the implications for consumers, networks and markets.

Keynote speaker: Laurence Carpanini is the Director of Smart Meters & Smart Grids at IBM UK, where he leads the strategic development and delivery of Smart Metering and Smart Grid solutions in the UK. In this role he acts as the ambassador for IBM across the Industry, representing IBM’s Smarter Planet propositions and points of view and providing a point of focus for all activities and solutions relating to Smart Meter and Smart Grid deployment.

We welcome posters for the event from graduate students.

Any questions email: info@energy.ox.ac.uk  or  call 01865 285181


09:30 – 10:00      Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:45       Welcome, Opening session with Q&A,  Nick Eyre, University of Oxford

Keynote: Laurence Carpanini, IBM UK

“Digitisation and Disruption: a catalyst for innovation”  

Director Smarter Energy Solutions, Europe at IBM

10:45 – 11:00       Networking – Tea and coffee break

11:00 – 12:30       Session 01: Digital change and energy consumers

Chair: Nick Eyre

                               Speakers:  Fabienne Dischamps, DCC, Delivering the smart meter programme

           Howard Porter, BEAMA, Technology for a smarter system

    David Ferguson, EDF Energy, Smart technology for consumers

Panel: What do people actually want?

    David Wallom, University of Oxford, Smart technology for business

    Sarah Darby, University of Oxford, Smart stuff or wiser networks?

12:30 – 13:30       Sandwich lunch followed by tea and coffee

13:30 – 15:00       Session 2: Digital change and the electricity network

Chair: Malcolm McCulloch

Speakers:  Eric Brown, ESC, Towards a smart grid

    Nigel Turvey, WPD, Managing increased variability

Panel: What does the system actually need?

    Phil Grunewald, University of Oxford, Flexing demand

    Jens Madrian, Reactive Technologies, New generation Grid Optimisation

    David Howey, University of Oxford, Network, storage and control

15:00 – 15:30       Networking – Tea and coffee break

15:30 – 17:00       Session 3: Digital change in energy markets and regulation

Chair: Cameron Hepburn

Speakers:  Paul Massara, Electron, Blockchain

    Maxine Frerk, University of Oxford, Charging for the network        

    Alex Rogers, University of Oxford, Managing real time                                                                                                              carbon intensity

Plenary discussion: Is regulation fit for purpose in changing energy systems?

Panel:        Andrew Wright, formerly Ofgem

   Sara Bell, Tempus Energy

17:00 – 18:00       Drinks reception

*Subject to change


Registration closes Wednesday, 25 September 2018