UK Energy Security and Renewables: Policy, Practice and the Environment

Programme for Day 1 Tuesday 10th September

9:00am to 9.30am - Refreshments and registration in SUMS Café soft seating area

9.30am to 10.00am - Dr Mike Simpson (SUMS), Welcome and “Advances in Science”

10.00am to 11.00 am - Derek Birkett, Evidence of Insecurity

11.00am to 12.00 noon - Paul Spare, Implications of the CCC proposals on our electricity supply security

12.00noon to 1pm - Alan Mailer, How modern Protection and Control Equipment can help to prevent Electrical System Blackouts

1pm to 2pm - Lunch in SUMS Café soft seating area

2pm to 3pm - Prof. Gordon Hughes, Market Instruments to Stimulate Investment

3pm to 4pm - Dr John Constable, Social Aspects of 2050 Climate Change Targets

4pm to 5pm - Mike C. Travers, Electricity from the Consumers Point of View

5pm - Refreshments in SUMS Café soft seating area

Evening Meal at 7pm in Halifax Hall

Programme for Day 2 Wednesday 11th September

9:00am to 9.30am - Refreshments and registration in SUMS Café soft seating area

9.30am to 10.30am - Prof. Jack Ponton, Storage

10.30 to 11.30am - Gordon Pickard, Gas Supplies

11.30 to 12.30 am - Andrew Montford, Green Killing Machines

12.30 to 1.30pm - Lunch in SUMS Café soft seating area

1.30pm to 2.30pm - Keith Burns, Nuclear energy, power density, safety and waste disposal.

2.30pm to 3.30pm - Prof. Wade Allison, Nuclear Energy - TBA

3.30pm to 4.30pm - TBC


Brief Biographies of Speakers

Professor Wade Allison: Wade Allison is Emeritus professor of Physics and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford, UK. Hon. Sec. Supporters of Nuclear Energy (SONE). Author of: Nuclear is for Life: A Cultural Revolution 2015; Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear 2009; Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging” 2006 OUP.

Derek G. Birkett: is a retired grid system control engineer with two decades of shift experience under both nationalisation and private ownership, having had previous employment on coal and hydro operations. He has also had project responsibility on installation and commissioning at five major coal and nuclear power stations across the UK enabling the award of chartered engineer having previously had a degree in electrical engineering from Leeds University. Author of: “Is Renewable Energy Affordable?” 2019; “When will the Lights go Out?” 2010.

Keith Burns: TBC

Dr John Constable: Energy Editor, Global Warming Policy Forum.

Professor Gordon Hughes: is a Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches courses in the Economics of Natural Resources and Public Economics. He was a senior adviser on energy and environmental policy at the World Bank until 2001. He has advised governments on the design and implementation of environmental policies and was responsible for some of the World Bank’s most important environmental guidelines. Professor Hughes is the author of the GWPF report “The Myth of Green Jobs.

Alan Mailer, BSc. MIET CEng: Consultant Engineer, with 46 years experience in the electricity supply industry, specializing in the protection and control of Transmission Power Systems and Major Generators.

Andrew Montford: Author of “The Hockey Stick Illusion 2010 and “Hiding the Decline” 2012. Deputy Director of the Global Warming Policy Forum.

Gordon Pickard, BSc CEng FIET FIGEM: After a college apprenticeship scheme with Metropolitan Vickers in Trafford Park, joined their Power Protection department and worked on developing an automatic synchroniser to connect turbo alternators onto the grid. These were installed on 500 MW alternators at Ferrybridge C power station and on emergency 60MW gas turbine driven alternators. Several patents granted. Seven years with Plessey Numerical Controls leading a team of designers. In 1975 joined British Gas at the Engineering Research Centre near Newcastle upon Tyne. Responsible for the development of electronics systems to be carried on-board a vehicle which collected inspection data while it was propelled along the inside of large diameter steel pipelines by the flow of gas at a pressure of around 1000psi. In 1989 British Gas won the MacRobert Award for Innovation in Engineering and later, the Queens Award for innovation. Receiving the bronze medal for my part of this major project was a career highlight.

Prof. Jack Ponton, FREng, FIChemE: Emeritus Professor of Engineering and a chartered engineer although not currently registered. My main research work and that of my research group has been in mathematical modelling of complex engineering phenomena and software development. I have also worked in and with the chemical industry on a range of topics including health and safety issues. A further research interest has been renewable and alternative energy: wave power, biofuels, hydrogen, ocean thermal energy, coal gasification with carbon capture and electric vehicles. An area with which I was not until relatively recently concerned is wind power. The reason for this is that nearly forty years ago, a colleague and I carried out some simple calculations about the potential for wind power in the UK. We concluded that useful amounts of energy could not be obtained without covering most of the country with wind turbines. At the time we assumed that no one would consider doing anything quite so foolish.

Paul Spare, MSc CEng FEI FIMechE: Joined Rolls-Royce, Derby in 1965 as an engineering apprentice. He joined the Gas Council working on plant conversions to natural gas from 1970 –74. From 1974 he worked on the design, commissioning and safety cases for the AGRs, mainly relating to fuel assemblies. He moved to UKAEA in 1995 as project manager on various decommissioning projects across their sites. In 1999 he established the Warrington office of Nuclear Technologies Ltd, producing decommissioning studies and safety cases for many clients. Since retirement he has continued to write papers and submissions on future energy options.

Mike C. Travers, CEng, FIET, MIMechE: Twenty years in the Army, commissioned into the Royal Engineers. Manager of a Geodetic Satellite Tracking Station – origin of Sat Nav. Project Engineer for the Prince of Wales Camps at Caenarvon for 3,000 troops. RMA Sandhurst Instructor; Design Engineer in the Hydro Electric Design Branch in the Pacific Northwest. Installation Engineer for the Turbines and Generators for Ice Harbor Dam extension. Senior Instructor for Electrical and Mechanical Professional Training at the RSME. Member of the 15th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations. Exxon Chemical - 18 years. Design Electrical Engineer for the Ethylene Cracker in London. Construction Engineer for the Ethylene Cracker in Scotland. Head of Maintenance for the running plant. Industry Representative for the rewrite of the Grid Code for Scotland. St Andrews ChemTech Ltd Cupar, Fife - 5 years. Engineering Director of a Fine Chemicals Company.

Dr Mike Simpson: has written and published on a wide range of topics related to small and medium sized enterprises including sustainability in SMEs. Mike has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and is currently investigating the science of climate change.

Event Details

When: September 10, 2019 at 9:00am—September 11, 2019 at 5:00pm

Where: Conduit Road, Sheffield, S10 1FL

Type: alumni, student, business

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