Aim of conference

The conference was held at Cranfield University on 25 January 2024, which was an in person conference with the aim 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


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Chris Fogwill
Welcome and Introduction
Prof Chris Fogwill, Cranfield University

A race against time, the role and challenges of energy research and innovation in achieving Net-Zero

Keynote speaker: Rachel Fletcher, Director of Regulation, Octopus Energy
Martin Freer

 ERA’s national activities

Prof Martin Freer, Director of the Energy Research Accelerator
Faye Mcanulla

Regional Energy Developments and Opportunities

Faye McAnulla, Programme Director ERA

Panel discussion on National Energy Innovation Challenges with senior representatives from industry and academia.

  • Michelle Bentham Chief Scientist for Decarbonisation and Resource Management, British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • David Wright, Director of Electricity Transmission, National Grid
  • Tom Greatrex, CEO, Nuclear Industries Association
  • Dennis Hayter, MD, Intelligent Energy

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

Breakout groups, exploring collaborative ideas in several ERA research themes: (click on link to download report)