Forum Agenda

After months of research with the senior practitioners responsible for strategy development and implementation of flexible energy systems and storage programmes, we have developed an agenda to ensure you get the most out of the Forum.

Policies and Strategic Commitment

Identifying Labour Issues

Remediation and Prevention

Reporting and Communication

How to address flexibility needs: focus on long-term goals, approach & solutions

– What are flexibility needs in the short and long term?
– What is the right approach to addressing flexibility: focus on system design and requirements, or
on products and innovation?
– What are the most efficient, economic and safe options of flexibility?
– How can the right balance of flexibility solutions be achieved in the market?
– International energy markets’ perspective on storage: competition with cross-border energy
– Is energy and battery storage only one of the solutions or a true enabler of change?

Richard Batten

EMEA Board Member and Global
Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer


International regulation and standards to enable energy storage: what works and doesn’t?

– What are the pros and cons of different approaches to the tariffs, subsidies, grid fees and taxation?
– How can connected, decentralised and resilient energy markets be enabled to grow?
– What are the policy incentives for investments into the innovative flexibility and storage options?
– Is there a unified international approach to the HSE standards for battery storage?
– Do the HSE standards lead to more reliability but limit market entry and create barriers?

Stuart Croucher

Commercial Services Director

Travis Perkins

Monique Lempers

Value Chain and Commercial Director


Enable faster technology commercialisation through research and development

– What are the national and corporate approaches to R&D across the UK and Europe?
– Is there enough cooperation between major energy storage industry stakeholders and research
centres for industry take off?
– How does R&D enable improved health and safety, scale, speed and cost?
– Are the current energy storage technologies sufficient for the needs of applications?
– Is the technology ready and easy to be used by the end customers in a cost effective way?

Stuart Lendrum

Head of Sustainable and Ethical Sourcing


Tim Pilch

Head of Ethical Trade


Laura Okkonen

Head of Human Rights


Identifying Labour Issues

Route to market and market makers: how to enable more storage systems?

– What are the types of market structure that developers are looking for to make their investment
– How can transmission and distribution operators understand developers’ needs and invest in a
network that allows the storage device to operate in the way it is intended?
– Which market access models provide more transparency for manufacturers and the best cost/
efficiency ratio for end users?
– How is the storage business model influenced by the future development and interdependence of
energy infrastructures e.g. gas, electricity and heat grids, EV charging?
– System integrators and market making: how does the energy storage value chain get to the
– What are the more successful business models currently in use?
– Are the scale and speed of developments in energy storage technology over-exaggerated?

Chris Harrop

Group Marketing & Sustainability Director


Celine Gilart

Head of Social Impact


Remediation and Prevention

Financing energy storage: sources of capital, risk, return, and bankability issues

– How can long-term investment signals be understood in order to maximise different revenue
– What business models & storage applications are favoured by investors?
– Are there enough investment-grade projects available on the market?
– Is there more actual and historic data emerging to project forward an investment case for energy
– What is the investment interest from insurance companies, pension funds, equity investors and
others? Is the cost of capital expected to drop?
– Are vendors keen to provide funding alongside their technology, and is there an option for
technology leasing and moving from capex to opex expenses?

Andy Horne

Head of Supply Chain

EDF Energy

Julian Lageard

Director, Government & Policy Group, EMEA


What are the main challenges preventing the energy storage market from taking off?

– Is the national and international regulation up to speed with market needs?
– Are markets changing to adapt on time for innovative and disruptive technologies?
– How can a level playing field be achieved among flexibility options and various technologies?
– What is required by financial institutions to boost confidence in the storage market and ensure
expected risk-reward and stable revenue streams?
– Are there obstacles from key market players to enable more decentralisation and storage
– How can the knowledge gap be bridged and adoption models improved?

Mark Heath

Deputy Director of Business Change

Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Lola Young

The Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE

House of Lords

Milana Chamberlain


Norton Rose Fulbright

Interactive Workshop

The off-stage workshops delve further into the plenary session themes as well as the key aspects of making a slavery-free supply chain a reality. Led and facilitated by the business practitioners, workshops welcome each participant perspective and encourage sharing it with your peers. This is your time to talk openly about what works and what does not in your company.

Enable microgrid on the residential, industrial and commercial levels

– What is the regulatory support for enabling industrial and residential microgrid?
– Can more value be delivered at a lower cost through integrated and manageable energy systems?
– Connect technology and software to aggregate more residential storage systems and monetise
– Avoid disruptions with high level of security and 24hr on demand availability.
– Enable more autonomy for critical infrastructure and power hungry users.
– How can safety and organisation be maintained when dividing capacity among users?

Eric-Paul Schat

Senior Director Sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety

NXP Semiconductors

Krishan Kapur

A/DS, FALCON (Fraud & Linked Crime Online)

Metropolitan Police

Follow the market dynamics

– Why is it essential to get the policy mix right, prioritise consumers’ needs and reflect on their
changing lifestyles?
– How can future energy systems ensure transparent price structures and reflect the costs and
priorities of all key stakeholders?
– Do the markets need to include greater value for the resilience of the system?
– How does the storage industry consolidate and what is the impact on the players?
– How can the ecosystem be facilitated to encourage scaling up of energy storage?
– Ensure that infrastructure and grid are ready for electric vehicles’ mass roll out.

Vanessa Di Cuffa

People Change Director

ABP Food Group

Grid connected assets and challenges

– How can energy storage help develop an interface between transmission and distribution?
– Is the market attractive at current price levels and projected revenues?
– Procuring flexibility through a market based approach: what are the changes to the process?
– Frequency response tenders: expectations of longer-term contracts, payback periods and price
– What are the developments in balancing and capacity markets?
– As power generation assets are decommissioned, what will be the best solution to stabilise the

Paul Gerrard

Group Policy Director


Reporting and Communication

Price arbitrage: a future business opportunity?

Milana Chamberlain


Norton Rose Fulbright

– How can balancing upstream generation and downstream supply be monetised?
– What is the impact of the new energy providers’ model featuring low headcount, software driven,
AI, machine learning?
– Understand the role of traders, aggregators and brokers.
– Use aggregated capacity to participate in tenders and exploit business opportunities

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