The most influential innovators in the field of energy are coming to Prague to discuss modern energy at the Share Your Energy conference.
November is the month of revolutions and the same is true for the energy sector. An array of influential innovators from all around Europe are meeting in Prague in less than one month. The goal for this meeting is to bring inspiration to Central Europe and to challenge the way we perceive electricity, energy sharing, flexibility and the future of centralised governance.
Big data and the uberization of energy
The conference organizers have managed to attract several names that already represent the rapid development of modern energy. Among them are Yi Jean Chow, Harvard and UCL alumnus, currently working for Verv in London, who creates strategies for peer-to-peer trading platforms based on blockchain, and Michael Merz, founder of Ponton, an expert on the use of blockchain in the energy sector. The two of them are sure to bring lots of food for thought to observers on the topic of the uberization of energy and the ever-present question of whether peer-to-peer systems can work alongside central authorities.
“We are using energy blockchain to ensure consumers have complete control and access to their energy data. We are creating a system that will show people and households the possibilities of how to use energy and who has access to their data,“ said Yi Jean Chow, describing a project which her team is currently working on at Verv. Together with Ocean Protocol, Verv is building a decentralized platform to unlock data for artificial intelligence.
Could energy sharing be the future for major centralized players?
The conference, which will take place on November 14th in the newly-opened DRN building at Narodni trida in Prague, will cover a wide range of topics that are often also on the minds of the general public, including the aggregation of energy flexibility and the possibility of sharing renewable energy. These topics will be addressed by Petr Rokůsek, founder of the Czech company Nano Energies, who, together with his team, is working on pilot testing of energy sharing among households.
Sebastian Blake from Open Energi will discuss connecting artificial intelligence to the smart control of energy flexibility in industry, while Pieter Vanbaelen from the Belgian company Elia will share his experiences connecting renewable resources with electricity transmission. Among other things, Elia is already piloting the use of ancillary sources and services, an innovation that the Czech transmission system has not yet dared to dream about.
The UK-based Delta-ee is sending their senior analyst Philippa Hardy, a team lead of energy consultants, to share her views on what the future of flexibility markets in Europe looks like and what role aggregators will play. Rob Sherwood of Limejump will share his experience managing one of the largest portfolios of battery storage, and will also address the topic of generating more value from renewables on the spot market.
“The decentralised economy and traditional energy must seek joint solutions, otherwise both will be erased by tech giants such as Google and Uber, which collect so much data about customers and have information that today’s regulated energy companies can only dream about,” said Nano Energies’ founder, Petr Rokůsek.
Electricity is hot and innovations are coming at lightning speed
The speakers heading to Prague are connected through the topic of modern energy. Each of them is an expert on a different issue, thanks to which the conference offers a variety of topics and a comprehensive programme. Share Your Energy is open to all energy innovators, distributors and transmission operators, start-ups and blockchain enthusiasts.
The programme of the Share Your Energy conference is arranged in three thematic blocks that touch upon practically all fields in the energy sector. Apart from the previously mentioned topics, the conference will also focus on innovations in electricity grids and the question of their competitiveness, security and operating costs. Electricity truly is hot, a fact reflected by the number of smaller companies that are entering this fast-growing market.
For more details, take a look at the complete programme on the conference website www.shareyourenergy.eu.