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The Energy Sector is passionate about low-carbon ‘smart’ energy systems. We focus on opportunities for engineering and technology in this innovative space and provide independent, impartial thought leadership on the subjects relevant today and in the future. To achieve this we bring together experts from industry, academia and government, in neutral and impartial environments to deliver programmes of activity, inspired by innovation across the energy sector from generation to distribution and beyond.

Highlights

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Main report and Commissioned Papers Summary

The IET were commissioned by the Council for Science and Technology (CST) “Energy Sub-Group” to conduct a research study and produce a report on the emerging challenges for modelling electricity systems and how Britain’s capabilities would need to be adapted to assess electricity system resilience as GB makes the transition to a low carbon electricity system.

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Smart grid project informs electricity industry standards update

A leading UK smart grid project, the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) has published important new learning that could help inform and update UK electricity industry network planning standards. The project aims to kick-start the radical change electricity networks need to make the low-carbon energy sector a reality.

Key Topics

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Energy Infrastructure

Smart infrastructure can provide new and exciting opportunities as well as enhanced value and flexible benefits across all key sectors. The IET is at the forefront of this thinking within electricity power infrastructure and has published a number of papers and studies. This work is ongoing as it looks to extend thought leadership across other sectors and energy vectors.

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Energy Production

The key topics and challenges being faced by industry to meet today’s environmentally focussed market needs driven by the global decarbonisation agenda and involving the migration away from traditional approaches towards large scale, distributed and micro renewable generation. Covering: cross discipline engineering, renewable technologies and the new ways of thinking needed to assure global carbon targets are met.

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Energy Services

The innovations needed to be developed for the sector to meet future needs, demands and challenges will also need new ways of thinking about skills and talent as the sector adapts and changes. New technologies and new business models will develop to deliver new and improved services such as storage, carbon capture, demand/supply balancing, trading, smart communications and the use of data.

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Energy Usage

Smart City initiatives being driven by future forecasts on city migration and the resulting funded demonstrations in combination with a growth of Communities/Industries taking ownership of their energy needs poses a dramatic change in way we will use energy in the future. This theme aims to explore the key developments, topics and challenges being faced within this changing landscape.

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Air pollution deaths prompts IEA plea for energy policy change

Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

Sainsbury’s and Nestle go green with new energy initiatives

Nestle has announced a new wind farm in Scotland designed to supply half the power needed for its UK operations while Sainsbury’s is trialling a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen-powered engine that it says will lower emissions.

Solar Impulse 2 takes on Atlantic Ocean leg of round-the-world flight

Solar Impulse 2, the plane powered solely by energy from the sun, has begun its flight across the Atlantic Ocean, one of the longest journeys on its attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

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Bringing you all the latest on IET Energy Sector initiatives, partnerships and thought leadership together with details of upcoming events, Sector highlights on IET.tv and opportunities for you to get involved!