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Webinar: Electrification and Industrial Sources of System Balancing Flexibility
July 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Featured Speaker: Niall Mac Dowell, Professor, Energy Systems Engineering, Imperial College London
About the Webinar: Following the terms of the Paris Agreement, an increasing number of countries worldwide are adopting legally binding “net zero” targets, i.e., a requirement to reduce emissions of CO2 to net zero by approximately 2050. While precise dates vary (Finland is aiming at 2035, the EU is aiming at 2050, and China is targeting 2060), all are challenging targets. Across the board, the ambitious deployment of renewable energy resources, alongside initiatives towards the electrification of mobility, heating, and the industrial sector, are core elements of the “net zero strategy.” As this increases the integration of the broader energy system, resilience of the grid becomes increasingly important. Core to ensuring grid resilience is the ability of supply and demand to interact flexibly, potentially through energy storage, and demand side response, among other options. These ideas, and more are explored in this webinar.
About the Speaker: Niall Mac Dowell is a Professor in Energy Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of both the IChemE and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research is focused on understanding the transition to a low carbon economy. Since receiving his PhD 2010, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers at the molecular, unit operation, integrated process, and system scales in this context. A full list of publications can be found here and he currently serves on the Advisory Board of Joule.
Niall has more than a decade’s experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors. He has worked with a range of private sector energy companies, and has provided evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and has given advice to DECC/BEIS, the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission, the IEA, the IEAGHG the ETI and the JRC. Niall is a member of Total’s Scientific Advisory Board, was also a member of the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) CCUS Roadmap Team. Niall has been a member of the technical working group of the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) and from 2015 – 2019 served as the Secretary of the IChemE’s Energy Centre.
Finally, Niall was awarded the Qatar Petroleum Prize for his PhD research in 2010 and the IChemE’s Nicklin and Junior Moulton medals for his work on low carbon energy in 2015 and 2021, respectively.
Moderator: Aidan Tuohy, Program Manager, EPRI
Registration Cost: FREE
Q&A Session: We will be using the slido platform for Q&A. Please submit your questions and follow-along during the event at this link.