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Aim of conference
This in person conference aims to discuss the role that energy innovation is playing in achieving Net-Zero and to discuss the Energy Research Accelerator’s plans for the future. Throughout the day we will be focusing on our key themes including:

• Energy Generation and Systems
• Transport and Mobility
• Sustainability and People
• Decarbonising Industry
• Data and AI
• Skills for the Net-Zero transition

9.00am – 9.30am: Arrival and refreshments
9.30am: Introduction

9.50am: A race against time, the role and challenges of energy research and innovation in achieving Net-Zero: Prof Martin Freer, Director of the Energy Research Accelerator

10.20am: ERA’s national activities: Prof Chris Fogwill, Cranfield University

10.40: Panel discussion on National Energy Innovation Challenges with senior representatives from industry and academia, including:

  • Rachel Fletcher, Director of Regulation, Octopus Energy
  • David Wright, Director of Electricity Transmission, National Grid
  • Tom Greatrex, CEO, Nuclear Industries Association
  • Dennis Hayter, MD, Intelligent Energy

11.30am: Regional Energy Developments and Opportunities: Faye McAnulla, Programme Director ERA

11.50am: Panel discussion on Midlands energy opportunities with senior leaders from the public and private sector:

  • Ian Cuddington, Director of Economic Development, Rolls-Royce
  • Kelly Manders, Regional Development Manager, Cadent
  • David Horsfall, Director, Tyseley Energy Park
  • Katie Greenhalgh, Green Growth Lead, East Midlands Freeport

12.50pm – Lunch and Networking

Lunch break to include Early Career Researcher Posters and presentations

Optional tours of Cranfield energy facilities

2.10pm: Breakout groups, exploring collaborative ideas in several ERA research themes

  • Energy and the Built Environment
  • Transport and Mobility
  • Decarbonising Industry
  • Data and AI
  • Skills

Each group to focus on one of ERA’s themes and developing one or two ‘Big Ideas’ for industry and universities to work together on.

3.10pm: Groups to feedback to the conference on their ideas

3.30pm: Summary of day and next steps: Prof Martin Freer

3.50pm: CLOSE

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