Past event

Clean growth strategy: making it happen

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Tuesday 8 May 2018 5pm - 9.20pm Grantham Institute, South Kensington campus followed by 170 Queen's Gate An academic deep dive session followed by an executive insights dinner with keynote

A showcase of early stage climate mitigation technologies, in the yearly IBP discussion on climate change, in collaboration with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London.

See Imperial research on Next-generation climate mitigation technologiesThis infographic shows 18 technologies that all have the potential to make significant contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and are at the earliest stages of development. The event will discuss a selection of these technologies.

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Juliet Davenport OBEIndustry
Founder and CEO
Good Energy

Once upon a time, there was a great storm. It was 1987 and Juliet Davenport was sat in an Oxford University library as a student, pondering climate physics. It was here that Juliet’s passion for climate change, environment and, ultimately, energy began.

Fast forward and today Juliet is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy – a 100% renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together.

Juliet has always been a trailblazer. Rather than follow the traditional route of training to be a lawyer or study for an MBA, Juliet chose to do things differently and worked in the heart of Europe; a role which gave her a deeper understanding of the energy market.

It was here that she realised there could be a different way. Why couldn’t energy creation be local and energy supply be low carbon? How could clean technology and the power of a great idea transform the energy market? The idea for Good Energy was born.

The early years were spent surviving. Juliet and Good Energy have always had to innovate, lead the sector and create their own path. And it’s this innovative attitude continues to define and shape Good Energy today.

Juliet continues to lead and innovate in the energy sector; in 2013 Juliet was awarded an OBE for services to renewables and in June 2015 was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council. She has various appointments with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University and London School of Economics LSE, where she works on innovation and where possible influencing the next generation to think about the energy transition and our low carbon future.

Juliet is passionate about creating a business that does good; one that can deliver the needs of society in a purposeful way, rather than just thinking about money. As part of this she is working with the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project, thinking about a better future, one where business can be the good guy.

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE FREngAcademic
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
Imperial College London

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Professor Brandon’s research focusses on the science, engineering and technology of electrochemical devices for energy applications. He collaborates extensively with industry in this field, as well with other research centres and universities around the world.  He is Director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN Hub (, Co-Director of the Energy Storage SUPERGEN Hub, and Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College.

Professor James DurrantAcademic
Professor of Photochemistry
Imperial College London

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The development of renewable, low cost energy technologies is a key scientific challenge for the 21st century. Professor Durrant’s group’s primary research interest is the development of new chemical approaches to solar energy conversion – harnessing solar energy either to produce electricity (photovoltaics) or molecular fuels (e.g.: hydrogen). They undertake fundamental scientific studies of new materials and device concepts, aiming to elucidate design principles which enable technological development. The group’s research is based around using transient laser spectroscopies to undertake photochemical studies of light driven electron and energy transfer reactions. Such studies are undertaken in parallel with device development and functional characterisation, including studies of materials and device stability, employing a wide range of molecular, polymeric and inorganic materials. Control of materials structure on the nanometer length scale is often essential for efficient utilisation of solar energy, and therefore the nano-morphology and the use of nanostructured materials is a key component of our research.

Professor Klaus HellgardtAcademic
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London

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Professor Hellgardt’s research focuses on the interfaces of reaction and reactor engineering with chemistry, biology and materials science in order to develop more sustainable solutions to current fuels and chemicals production processes:
Algae, Biomass and Biofuels, Flow Chemistry, Electrochemical Reactors, Sustainable Hydrogen Production, (Reverse) Fuel Cells.

Thus, his research group devises and applies novel reactor and catalyst concepts, measures intrinsic kinetics and develops new technologies and models to describe and improve on the atom economy, cost and sustainability of our processes.

Dr Clementine ChambonAcademic
Research Assistant, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London

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Dr Chambon is a post-doctoral researcher in the Chemical Engineering department. Her research interests lie in optimising decentralised energy technologies to reach the most energy-deprived communities in the world. Her current project examines biomass gasification and its application for rural electrification in LED countries. This spans topics such as electricity demand estimation, technological performance of biogasifiers, integration with other generation technologies as part of a hybrid system, and analysing their impact in terms of cost and CO2 mitigation potential. The research findings are directly commercialised through Oorja Development Solutions, a social enterprise active in deploying mini-grids to provide clean energy access to off-grid communities in rural India.

Dr Iain MacdonaldAcademic
QCCSRC Senior Programme Manager
Imperial College London

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Dr Macdonald joined Imperial College in 2009 to manage their largest industrially sponsored R&D programme, the 10 year $70M USD Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre.  His background is in environmental sciences specialising in carbon capture and storage (CCS), marine issues and more generally operational and leadership excellence. He has successfully managed the challenges of a transdisciplinary scientific programme to focus on multi-sponsor drivers in a quadruple helix management structure.

Naked energy
Christophe Williams
Imperial College London

Naked Energy has developed Virtu, the most economical and efficient solar solution for the generation of electricity and hot water on building rooftops and other space-constrained environments.

Nick Hooton, Claudia Arnold and Lewis Hornby
Imperial College London

Pluvo is a cost neutral solution to urban air pollution. Our patent pending technology uses an enclosed mist of water droplets to remove dangerous pollutants from the air and pays for itself by using this mist to create a stunning new holographic-like advertising medium.

Upside energy
Graham Oakes
Imperial College London

Upside Energy provides flexibility to the energy system. Its cloud platform uses advanced algorithms and AI to coordinate demand from business and domestic devices such as home batteries, EVs and heating system to better align demand for energy to supply.

RFC Power Limited
Vladimir Yufit
Imperial College London

RFC Power Limited is a new Imperial College spinout company focusing on developing of cost-effective large-scale flow batteries for stationary electricity storage applications. Our novel patent-protected flow battery technology enables stable power delivery at fraction of cost.

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