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2019 Highlights
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The Road to 2050: The Need for Flexibility in a High Renewables World

Aurora Battery Conference 2019 was our fourth annual event dedicated to flexible energy, batteries and energy storage. Joined by distinguished speakers and panellists, and informed by Aurora’s unique analysis, the conference brought together the insights and perspectives of the organisations and people who will shape the future system.

We heard business leaders, government, and experts discuss and debate the issues central to the low carbon energy transition, including the need for flexibility, the role of flexible assets in achieving Net Zero, and the associated key risks and financing challenges.

Key topics included:

  • Evolution of the power market, system needs and emerging technologies
  • The role of flexible assets in achieving net zero
  • Key risks and financing challenges for flexible assets
  • The economics of merchant solar co-located with battery storage systems
  • Key risks and financing challenges for flexible assets
  • Labour’s plan for power sector decarbonisation and flexibility
2018 Highlights
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The outlook for flexible technologies

Battery storage and other flexible technologies continue to be a focal point for investment in the UK power system as it transitions towards a low carbon future. At the same time, markets for flexible assets have become more complex and challenging, and businesses are evolving their business models to continue to realise value.

Aurora’s flagship Battery Storage and Flexibility Conference brought together original analysis and insights from the Aurora team on the outlook for flexible technologies, and discussion with leading industry figures, in a focused half-day session in central London. It has grown to become one of the largest events of its kind in Europe – attracting 550 participants this year.

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The investment case and market outlook

Interest in battery storage and other flexible technologies continues to grow at a rapid pace, but much remains unclear about the investment case and market outlook.

This event, with over 600 registered attendees was designed to bring original analysis and forecasting from the Aurora team together with provocative insight and discussion from leading industry figures in a focused, half day session in central London.

Speaker Highlights

Alex Chisholm

Permanent Secretary, BEIS

Roger Atkins

Managing Director, Electric Vehicles Outlook

Clare Spedding

Head of Business Development, National Grid

Dan Monzani

Head of Energy Security, BEIS

Clare King

Associate Director, Osborne Clarke

Erik Nygard

CEO and Cofounder, Limejump

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The impact of battery storage in the UK

Our conference provided a platform to discuss the potential impact of battery storage in the UK, and the emerging investment opportunities.

Themes included:

  • Technology: what performance and lifetimes can we expect from today’s battery technologies, and how quickly might that improve in the future?
  • Investment models: what services might batteries provide, how will these be compensated, and how soon will they be profitable?
  • Transmission and distribution: what are the opportunities, what are the challenges?

Speaker Highlights

Paul Massara

CEO, North Star Solar

Alejandro Ciruelos

Managing Director, Santander

Phil Sheppard

Director of SO Operations, National Grid

Peter Bruce

Professor, University of Oxford

Andy Burgess

Associate Partner, Energy Systems Intergration, Ofgem

John Fiennes

Director, Energy Strategy, Networks and Markets, DECC