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The many, not the few: the new world of Distributed Energy Resources - Panel discussion

Young Professional Network event
  • London and Home Counties
  • <p>London Business School<br /> 26 Sussex Place<br />Marylebone<br />London<br /> NW1 4SA</p>
  • 11-04-2019
  • 18:30 - 21:00
  • Book now

In partnership with London Business School, the London and Home Counties YPN invites you to our panel discussion on "The many, not the few: the new world of Distributed Energy Resources".

Distributed energy resources will fundamentally transform the energy system. The future system won’t consist of a few large power plants providing electricity to millions of passive consumers. Instead, it will include wind and solar generation, electric vehicles, heat pumps, distributed storage and consumers who actively manage their consumption.

This transition offers opportunities for companies to create innovative products and services that respond to both technology challenges and customer demands. Numerous start-ups have been rapidly scaling up their business, securing multi-million investments (Pivot Power, EO Charging and Zenobe) or being acquired by established energy companies (Sonnen, Kiwi Power and Limejump).

Join our panel of industry representatives including new market disruptors, network operators and regulators to discuss. In an open forum, we will have an engaging conversation with the panel and audience on the new world of distributed energy resources. We will explore what you can do to make the most of them and strive to answer questions such as:

• What are the challenges of transitioning to a distributed energy system?
• What are the operational, economic and environmental benefits?
• Where are the opportunities and what skills do you need to make the most of them?

The panel will be followed by a networking session where the conversation can continue. London Business School have kindly provided canapes and drinks for the event.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Sotiris Georgiopoulus, Head of Smart Grid Development UKPN

Sotiris has overall responsibility for UK Power Networks’ smart grid strategy and over 13 years experience with UK Power Networks in the areas of innovation, construction and energy services development.
Previous to founding the Smart Grid team in 2016, he worked 5 years on renewables integration, pioneering the use of ICT technologies for managing grid constraints. Before that, he was part of the team that built the electricity network for London’s 2012 Olympic Games. His earlier years were spent designing sustainable energy solutions for large regeneration schemes in the London area.

  • Daniel Kirk, Head of Innovation Link Ofgem

The Ofgem Innovation Link supports organisations who are launching new products or services in the energy sector. This also helps Ofgem understand emerging trends in the sector and identify areas in which regulation may need to adapt to sustain innovation.
Daniel has been involved in innovation since 2004, having begun his career in small businesses. Prior to joining Ofgem he worked across sectors, from telecoms to financial services. He has been involved in innovation work globally, from lecturing in Dubai to conducting consumer research in Thailand.
Favourite buzzwords: lean start-up and agile methods; experimentation; user-centred design.

  • Adrien Lebrun, Head of Engineering Pivot Power

Adrien is the Engineering Director at Pivot Power. He joined at the end of 2018 and is responsible for design, procurement and construction of energy storage assets and the EV charging network. Adrien is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Energy Institute and has been actively involved the UK storage market for the last three years.

  • Rob Sherwood, Head of Trading Limejump

Day to day Rob’s main role at Limejump is to manage trading risk and market strategy, trading out the forecasted generation in the OTC market and on the power exchanges.
Rob joined Limejump in mid November 2016, having previously worked as a trader at Meryl Lynch. Outside of the office Rob enjoys swimming, cycling and running and participates in Europe wide competitions.


  • 6.30pm - Registration opens
  • 7.00pm - Panel discussion
  • 8.00pm - Networking session
  • 8.45pm - Event close

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