Overview:

Europe
is leading the world with its ambitious 20-20-20 climate change proposals, and its long range vision for full decarbonisation of the energy system by 2050. If it is successful, Europe will make significant inroads in resolving the twin challenge of securing new and diverse sources of future energy supply, and become a leader in the fast growing market for low-carbon technologies.

Technology innovation will have a vital role to play. In the near to medium term, a range of already available technologies, and others in late stage development, to include offshore wind, smart grids and electric vehicles, could provide solutions, whilst in the longer term, more advanced technologies such CCS, and scientific breakthroughs to include fusion, solar power satellites and cosmic energy could fill any remaining gaps, and launch Europe irrevocably on a low-carbon, secure energy trajectory.

As the focus of the global energy debate however shifts from policy to implementation, how realistic are these ambitions? How achievable are these targets with existing and proposed technologies, and within existing policy frameworks? How will barriers to commercialisation and large-scale deployment, such as financial short-termism and public acceptability, be addressed?

This one day event, organised in association with ExxonMobil will bring together leading technology experts from the scientific and business community along with policy makers and representatives of civil society to discuss and review the relative merits, drawbacks and advances in emerging energy technologies, and endeavour to charter a possible pathway to their successful uptake and implementation.

Confirmed Speakers Include:
  • Michael Dolan, Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Prof Raymond Freymann, Managing Director, BMW Group Research & Technology AG
  • Livio Gallo, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Networks Division, Enel S.p.A
  • Philippe Garderet, Scientific Vice President, Areva
  • Prof Stuart Haszeldine, Scottish Power Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage and Geology, Edinburgh University
  • Kaname Ikeda, Director General, ITER
  • Dr Ganesh Kishore, CEO, Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund
  • Philip Lowe, Director-General, Energy DG, European Commission
  • Jose Antonio Malumbres, Chief Technology Officer, Gamesa
  • John Mankins, President, Solar Space Association

Topics for discussion will include:
 
  • Delivering a low-carbon future for transport: enhancing efficiency of conventional and heavy duty vehicles, realising the potential of next generation biofuels and advanced vehicle concepts to hybrids to electric vehicles
  • Mastering offshore wind, and capturing the power of solar- from thin film solar to CPH  to solar satellites
  • Smart grids-transforming electricity transmission and distribution?
  • Carbon capture and storage: advances in clean coal technologies, developments in capture, transportation and storage technologies and concepts
  • New nuclear: the promise and potential of Generation IV and nuclear fusion
  • The longer term horizon: the role of new energy sources to include space based solar satellites, cosmic rays in the energy mix of 2050?
  • The power to lead? Can Europe lead in clean energy development and markets?