Selected from recommendations by the community, the futurists, executives and inspirational leaders giving keynotes are tasked to broaden our horizons and work with the Engerati content team to deliver original presentations. They will show us how new connections can lead to new business models and evoke material change. Where does the potential lie and where is the inflection point?
To overcome current challenges, understanding new creative solutions and uncovering the latest innovations is key. Based on active use-cases and pilots, these sessions bring technology to life with business-case driven deeper dives into real-world technology. They offer an honest assessment of how mature the technology is and what it’s immediate impacts could be.
Working Groups are at the heart of Engerati Meets; they move away from traditional conference powerpoints with all participants taking part on equal basis to ensure consensus and intelligence sharing.
Led by expert facilitators, the groups help remove barriers to change, identify growth opportunities and establish new action-plans. Focusing on key challenges decided at the Meet itself, the diverse makeup of the group ensures robust discussion and new ideas. The discussion is captured by Engerati editors, anonymised and distributed on engerati.com.
If you cannot share lessons learned in 10 minutes, they are not worth hearing about. Submitted by utility members, these quick-fire case studies showcase key learnings from active projects to highlight technology in action. The challenge is to communicate the business impact of real-world deployments and results in just 10 minutes with 20 slides. We encourage presenters to openly dissect mistakes so fellow members do not encounter the same problem.
Electric vehicles while grabbing headlines for their eco credentials also in our opinion offer a platform for some of the more disruptive plays in the energy ecosystem. For the first time we will see companies entering the world of electronic distribution who have both the industrial might and knowledge to disrupt infrastructure. At this meet we explore three trends.
The role in grid flexibility and energy efficiency
Electric cars are effectively mobile batteries. Their sales already outstrip those of in-home battery systems and many have postulated that if EV’s can behave much like these, they could provide aggregated flexibility services to the grid.
Drawing from pilots which connect EV’s to building and use apps to aggregate flexibility, we will examine if this is a real world outcome or just a theoretical wish.
Vehicle to grid services
Whether EV’s can offer flexibility is uncertain. A real opportunity for utilities however is to get involved in delivering vehicle to grid services.
While at the moment talk of such services is focused mainly on charging, we will look beyond this to see if a more sticky relationship can be formed with the electric customer by playing a part in the grid to home connection.
Who owns the platform and who owns the customer and should we care? These are just some of the new questions we will examine as EV’s connect to the grid and the electric customer becomes truly mobile.