UCL Technology Innovation Forum Event

The Future of Energy: Markets, Technology, and Innovative Companies

UCL was pleased to host "The Future of Energy and Sustainability”
event on Thursday 26th June 2008.

This was UCL's latest Technology Innovation Forum event and drew a broad audience representing academia, established companies, start-ups and investors.

Plenary presentation at the Future of Energy & Sustainability TIF event

The forum opened with a keynote presentation from David Twohig, Development Director for Treasury Holdings UK Ltd. Mr Twohig presented on the future of Battersea Power Station and its place as the largest carbon-neutral project currently under development.

The breakout sessions followed with three main themes of Business Drivers, Research Opportunities and Future Champions, in which researchers and companies with interests from across various industries and disciplines within the theme of energy and sustainability heard presentations on business and research trends and practices.

Technology Demonstration at the Future of Energy & Sustainability TIF event

Alongside these sessions, Prof Stephen Gage demonstrated his Deployable External Insulation (DEI) project in UCL’s main quadrangle. This demonstration allowed delegates to see the possibilities of constructing better, brighter buildings. DEI can be retro-fitted to existing buildings so that systems building owners could retain existing window opening sizes. This especially applies to the front elevation of many old buildings that were constructed to give effective day lighting to main rooms. The use of natural daylight and sunlight for lighting and heating will reduce energy loads and CO2 generation.

Panel discussion at the Future of Energy & Sustainability TIF event

The day ended with a panel discussion chaired by Patrick Sheehan of the Environmental Technologies Fund and included Adam Oliver (BT), Prof Tadj Oreszczyn (UCL Energy Institute) and Michael Frye (WaterCarrier). This was followed by the showcase exhibition, drinks and a barbeque reception, allowing academics and businesses to network and forge new contacts.

UCL was represented with researchers from engineering, built environment, laws and many other departments as well as spin-out companies such as EuroTempest were present. Major businesses attending included BT, Shell and Arup. A number of UCL research projects, spin- outs and associated new companies exhibited in the showcase, such as Team Solarfox - UCL’s solar powered racing car, UCL’s new School of Energy and Resources with their campus in Australia, Solarcentury PLC and Green Grants Machine.

David Twohig, Treasury Holdings UK, delivers the plenary presentation at the Future of Energy & Sustainability TIF event.
DEI: Deployable External Insulation technology demonstration in the Front Quad

Panel discussion at the Future of Energy & Sustainability TIF event. Panel members: Patrick Sheehan, Environmental Technologies Fund, Adam Oliver, BT Plc, Prof Tadj Oreszczyn, UCL Energy Institute & Michael Frye CBE, WaterCarrier Ltd.