Business & Technology Insight Forums Cambridge 2018

19, 20, 21 June 2018
Cambridge, UK

Wolfson College, Cambridge

Off Grid Electricity Generation Needs, Systems and Markets


Off grid electricity production continues to be carried out where there is no other option, this being mainly on islands, ships and in remote regions and under developed countries. The list extends to such things as disaster response and later powering robot farming. There is more. Grids are becoming both more vulnerable and more expensive to extend. Indeed, the price of grid electricity often rises while the cost of off grid electricity drops, partly because off grid enjoys a stronger flow of new technologies and it is encumbered by little or no transmission. Off grid even has fewer outages in some regions. We therefore now have the new phenomenon of widespread "grid defection" from Las Vegas Casinos to houses in Australia. Often we are moving from increasingly unaffordable, anti-social and illegal diesel gensets as grid backup to a complete reversal of that with the grid being relegated to rarely used backup. The term for that is "fringe of grid". It is also a part of this seminar.

What you will learn?

All the topics mentioned above will be covered by IDTechEx analyst Dr Peter Harrop in this dedicated forum on zero emission off grid electricity production. The seminar will include:

  • Why go zero emission: legal push, economic pull, other reasons
  • Why go off grid: why it is increasingly feasible and what are the benefits - mobility, cost, speed of installation, avoiding cyberattack and much more. Why Tesla is taking all its charging stations off grid. Why Google envisages 250MW of servers going off grid onto ships. Why $1 billion 250 MW desalination plants will make their own zero emission electricity. Plans for off grid chemical factories. Off grid does not mean small any more - it means all sizes: 1kW to 1GW.
  • The spectrum emerging: grid, grid enhancement, fringe-of-grid, off grid
  • Types of off grid: microgrid, minigrid, island/ship: their system and energy harvesting technology differences. How the new Energy Independent Electric Vehicles EIEVs land, water and air are also zero emission minigrids with technology that is coming to your car and your house. Other examples of mobile ZE minigrids.
  • The primary parts of a zero emission off grid system: energy harvesting, energy storage, power electronics and their future.
  • How new formats such as solar roads and windows will be just as important as new harvesting technologies such as Airborne Wind Energy AWE and GaAs photovoltaics
  • New functionality for some systems such as Vehicle to House V2H, DC grid. Why storing end product such as hydrogen produced or clean water produced can be a better use for excess electricity production at certain times of the day or year than charging batteries.
  • How cities will make all their own electricity. Why Nikola Tesla and now Elon Musk think of electricity free at point of use.

Please join Dr Harrop and the rest of the IDTechEx team on the 19-21 June 2018 at the Business and Technology Insight Forums Cambridge 2018 to learn more about LIBs and how your company can benefit from this booming industry.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.


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Forum 5 / Agenda

21 June / Morning

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 08:30 - 09:10
  • Registration
  • 09:10 - 09:15

Introduction

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • 09:15 - 09:35

Where off grid fits in?

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Definitions, terminologies, market drivers overview
  • National grid, grid support/ backup, fringe of grid, off grid
  • Pico-grid, microgrid, minigrid, island/ship grid
  • 09:35 - 10:05

Why go off grid, zero emission?

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Why national grids are becoming less attractive: vulnerability to cyberattack, increasingly violent weather, poor cost control, other.
  • How zero emission electricity production increasingly leads to meeting new laws, brand enhancement, lower cost, predictable cost, fewer outages, mobile power.
  • Examples Tesla, Facebook, Google, US Military, Las Vegas
  • Why some electricity utilities are helping clients to stay off grid
  • 10:05 - 10:55

Anatomy of off grid Systems

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Energy harvesting: favourite types, problems, trends
  • Energy storage: favourite types, problems, trends
  • Power electronics: favourite types, problems, trends
  • Other: cleaning, tracking, easy maintenance etc.
  • Main players, value chain
  • 10:55 - 11:10
  • Networking break
  • 11:10 - 11:30

Importance of new formats and functions

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • New formats (thin film, flexible, foldable, transportable, in-vehicle)
  • New capabilities (vehicle to house, DC grid etc)
  • 11:30 - 12:00

Importance of integration

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Off grid desalination, desalination + electricity, other)
  • Wind with solar
  • Structural electronics
  • 12:00 - 12:25

Heroic prospects

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Why Nikola Tesla and now Elon Musk think of electricity free at point of use
  • How cities will make all their own electricity
  • How off grid can make poor countries rich
  • Disruption of the electricity, water, gas, oil, automotive, aerospace, shipping and agricultural industries
  • Possibility of reversing the move to cities
  • 12:25 - 12:45
  • Summary & Conclusions
  • 12:45 - 13:00
  • Questions & Answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch
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