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Jeremy has more than 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency and distributed energy. For the past 15 years he was Technical Head in Distributed Energy for E.ON UK PLC, where he was responsible for evaluation, development and commercialisation support of energy conversion technologies, including micro-CHP, heat pumps, solar photovoltaics and energy storage. Most recently he was active in E.ON’s Local Energy System Programme which is undertaking development of microgrids in a number of European countries. Prior to that he worked for EA Technology, also on distributed energy topics, and spent several years with micro-CHP start-ups in Scandinavia. Jeremy holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh.

Black Start in the world of 'new energy': how to recover the energy system when coal is a thing of the past

“Black Start” is the process by which the National Electricity Transmission System (NETS) would be recovered following a total system collapse. This is a not uncommon occurrence in some regions of the world but thankfully) unheard of in the UK; that does not mean we should not plan for such an eventuality.

However, the current approach, which requires the constant availability of a thermal plant on hot standby, is costly in both environmental and financial terms (around £50 million annually).

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The Rise of Local Energy Systems

Energy is becoming more distributed and localised. We’re seeing the emergence of local energy communities, Microgrids and a whole plethora of potentially disruptive business models. To some this represents a challenge to their core business, to others it promises exciting new opportunities.

Today’s Distribution System Operators may fear the threat of grid defection. Even if there remain substantial income generating assets, these may become under-utilised and incrementally less profitable as new entrants cherry-pick the more profitable parts.

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The role of gas in the future UK energy system

As the UK transitions to a new energy paradigm, incumbent players in the existing value chain, including gas network operators, face significant challenges to their current business models, and at Delta-ee we’re excited to help these companies to address these challenges.  

There are any number of proposals for a long-term energy system aimed at addressing the energy trilemma.  However, even where there is consensus as to the final shape of the energy system post 2050, there remains significant difference of opinion as to the most practical means of transitioning from today’s system to a fully sustainable one.

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