The Energy Solutions Show or TESS19 was a great hit. Our new event, which built on the legacy of Energy Live Future, proved a really useful showcase for discussing energy solutions big and small.

More than 300 people packed the Millennium Point in Birmingham for a day of content, learning, exhibitions, demonstations and networking. Thanks to all our energy end user delegates and we hope you found it really useful. Our thanks to the companies and organisations displaying solutions from lighting and CHP to EV storage, DSR and AI. It was a really informative and the feedback has been great.

TESS will return in 2020 and don’t forget to register for our EXPO in November if you enjoyed this event. If you wish to register for EXPO or have some feedback for us on TESS please email [email protected]


TESS 2019 Highlights

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Flexibility and Storage brought to you by EDF EnergyMarkets and TradingGeneration and EfficiencyThe Disrupt Hut
10:00 - 10:30

POSITIVE DISRUPTION: How to flex your energy and unlock extra value from business as usual.

Humera will talk about leveraging ‘energy flexibility’ giving businesses more control over their energy and opening up opportunities for new revenue streams, new sustainability goals and new ways to drive profit.

Speaker: Humera Naseer, EDF Energy

10:30 - 11:00

Energy storage: take control of your electricity costs.

As the cost of energy storage has fallen, more and more businesses are turning to energy storage technologies to help them reduce electricity costs, earn revenues and increase site resilience. KiWi Power manages one of the largest energy storage portfolios in the UK and has worked with many businesses to develop, build and operate behind-the-meter energy storage. In this insightful session our Head of Energy Storage, Quentin Scrimshire will explain the opportunity for businesses, how energy storage can compliment DSR, what makes a site suitable and share practical lessons from our existing client portfolio.

Speaker: Quentin Scrimshire, KiWi Power

11:00 - 11:30

Energy Infrastructure Strategy.

Through our long-term expertise, assured solutions, inspired insight and integrated deliver, we provide energy infrastructure strategy for businesses that enable them to reduce costs, increase resilience and realise their sustainability ambitions.

Speakers: Kieran Coughlan and Mike Holmes, UK Power Networks Services

11:30 - 12:00

Overcoming the challenges in electrifying business fleets.

Electric Vehicles (EV) represent a small but rapidly growing part of the transport market.  Compared to internal combustion engine vehicles they offer significant environmental and noise pollution benefits and, for businesses operating fleets, make economic sense – even today.

There are many challenges facing businesses when integrating electric vehicles into their fleet but, with the right planning, these can be overcome. The impact on the energy system could also be significant and careful consideration must be given as to how EV fleets can be charged effectively.

In this session, Drax will leverage their expertise from working with customers to highlight the opportunities and challenges that businesses face in adopting EVs for the first time.

Speaker: Adam Hall, Haven Power

12:00 - 12:30

Flexibility in action.

Kevin will discuss applications of flexibility in action to generate additional value, presenting case studies to show how businesses are not only switching to low-carbon electricity, but flexing the way they see, buy, use, save, manage and even generate it.

Speaker: Kevin McDonald, EDF Energy

14:00 - 14:30

How to future-proof your EV charging requirements.

Governments, businesses and vehicle manufacturers are committed to the rapid transition to electric vehicles but questions remain about how the infrastructure will meet demand and what businesses can do to ensure they are taking advantage of the opportunities.

Learn from Total and ChargePoint’s experience of millions of charging sessions in every application to better understand what the options are now and for the future when it comes to charging at home, at the workplace, at destinations and for long distance.

Speakers: Phil Best, Total Gas & Power and Martin Hale, ChargePoint

14:30 - 15:00

Bigger Picture Energy – unlocking on demand flexibility with data.

Energy Technology is redefining the traditional models in power. Metronome’s Josh Burton will talk about some of the potential options on the horizon, and how to use your data to unlock them.

Speaker: Josh Burton, Metronome Technologies

15:00 - 15:30

Thermal Storage, Flexible Decarbonised Heat.

The presentation will outline the role that heat pumps can play in the decarbonisation of heat and, in particular, the potential that ground-source heat pumps, coupled to thermal storage, can play in further enhancing both the low cost and low carbon credentials of the technology.

Speaker: Bean Beanland, Ground Source Heat Pump Association

15:30 - 16:00

Introduction to Sunamp thermal batteries – future build standards today.

An introduction to Sunamp and our unrivalled super-compact heat battery technology which has been intelligently designed to provide a clean, efficient and cost-effective heat storage solution. Our UniQ range of heat batteries contain non-toxic, non-flammable salt-based Phase Change Materials (PCM). When a PCM freezes it releases a huge amount of energy in the form of latent heat at a selected constant temperature.

Focus will be given to 3 elements which are vital to any sustainable energy solution: efficient use of energy, provision of flexibility and the reduction of peak demands.

Speaker: Toby Morris, Sunamp

10:00 - 10:30

Options for energy users: managing market and political risk in uncertain times.

UK and European energy markets are becoming more integrated at a time when the political system is undergoing a radical change. How will this affect the UK’s growing dependence on imported energy? What are the implications for environmental policy as the UK pursues its ambitious carbon reduction targets?  How would nationalising networks affect the wider energy market? And how should energy users best address these risks?

Speaker: Jeremy Nicholson, Alfa Energy Group

10:30 - 11:00

Kiveev – The Future of Flex Contract Management & Trading.

A demonstration of the Kiveev platform, drawing on consumption forecasting, live commodity rates, non-commodity price algorithms, strategy creation & back testing, budget creation, and A.I. driven risk models providing mathematically based trading decisions. The most advanced flex contract management product available in the market.

Speaker: Alex Hill, ZTP

11:00 - 11:30

Digitisation of an Energy Sale.

In this session you will find out more about suppliers moving to an integrated sales journey with their valued broker channel; the digitisation of the energy trade between broker and supplier is reducing barriers to entry and how the speed of change is set to increase as suppliers look to reduce costs.

Speaker: Spencer Clarkson, UD Group

11:30 - 12:00

Saving 20% electricity costs with dead simple automation routines.

See case studies of how anyone can extract savings from monitoring & automating the behaviour of business appliances. Try it yourself, remotely automating the GridDuck office in London.

Speaker: Gregor Hoefter, GridDuck

12:00 - 12:30

Changing fuel mix and the implications for the underlying markets.

In this session Christian will talk you through the effect of renewable generation on pricing, the difficulty of forecasting longer term prices, increased volatility and implications for end users. He will also ask if DSR can help manage this.

Speaker: Christian Coles, Brook Green Supply

14:00 - 14:30

How behind the meter storage is changing the way we trade power.

Wendel Hortop from Open Energi explores how the growth of Behind the Meter storage, alongside AI-driven optimisation and dispatch, is changing relationships with suppliers and revolutionising how we trade energy.

Speaker: Wendel Hortop, Open Energi

14:30 - 15:00

The Future of Third Party Costs (TPCs).

Third Party Costs (TPCs) make up the largest proportion of the average UK electricity bill – a fact that’s a shock for many businesses. What’s more, the costs are constantly changing, and in increasingly complex ways – begging the obvious question: what’s the future for TPCs?

Haven Power’s Lewis Scott offers some answers, with insights into the short, medium and long-term prospects for TPCs – an area of vital concern affecting every business.

Speaker: Lewis Scott, Haven Power

10:00 - 10:30

Navigate big data and drive efficiencies.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of data at your fingertips. In this session you’ll discover a simple and visual way to navigate big data and drive efficiencies in your business. You’ll see how data is captured from multiple sources and how you can make sense of it all to monitor, target, and ultimately save.

Speaker: Paul Keigher, SSE Business Energy

10:30 - 11:00

Improving your bottom line through energy and water conservation.

Greg and Mark will be talking about the new exciting partnership between Hudson Energy and SaveMoneyCutCarbon. They will be discussing how we can help businesses improve their bottom line through energy and water conservation. They will give examples of large organisations who have saved thousands of pounds on their annual utility bills.

Speakers: Greg Kavanagh, Hudson Energy and Mark Sait, SaveMoneyCutCarbon


11:00 - 11:30

Achieving Carbon Zero.

What does Zero Carbon look like in a business context and is it is achievable? This session will talk about what big challenges businesses may face on the road to zero carbon and look at a methodology that can help to overcome these challenges.

Speaker: Richard Sulley, Engie

11:30 - 12:00

From Couch to £5m Savings – Energy Saving in Large Businesses.

This seminar will discuss the challenges and processes involved in undertaking large energy efficiency projects, taking businesses from nothing to savings of £5m or more. It will also discuss how driving change at every level of a business from within can lead to huge reductions in energy consumption, benefiting both businesses and the environment.

Ignite Energy work with large businesses to help them reduce their energy costs and consumption. Working with some of the biggest organisations in the UK including SSP, Halfords, WH Smith and Pets at Home, Ignite have achieved savings worth tens of millions of pounds for clients.

Speaker: David Higgins, Ignite Energy

12:00 - 12:30

Driving your business and the planet to a green energy future.

In an uncertain world, businesses are working hard to meet sustainability goals, keep stakeholders happy and watch budgets. Creative solutions such a corporate PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) can help you meet all these challenges head on. In this session, we look at how a PPA can support CSR goals, cut costs and reduce risk – and  help to drive a greener energy future for us all.

Speaker: Thomas Lyman Smith, Ørsted

14:00 - 14:30

Security Management in an IoT Driven World.

Gemserv presentation will outline how the energy market is being transformed and its verticals are being blurred through IoT. Learn why we need to improve on IoT security practices and what changes are required to security polices, processes and procedures.

Speaker: Sean Gulliford, Gemserv

14:30 - 15:00

MCPD and Specified Generators: abatement, permitting, compliance and DSR – your questions answered.

The Medium Combustion Plant Directive aims to improve air quality by controlling emissions from medium combustion plant. In England and Wales the legislation has been supplemented by the Specified Generator Controls, and some 30,000 businesses are estimated to be affected. The legislation is complex and doing nothing could result in costly penalties. In this interactive Q&A session KiWi Power’s Head of Account Management, Jack Christie, will explain how the legislation affects businesses, the abatement and permitting process, implications for Demand Side Response participation and how valuable Triad savings can be protected.

Speaker: Jack Christie, KiWi Power

15:00 - 15:30

Smart Meter: Data Collection Made Simple.

Energy Brokers want to continue to provide added value services to their customers through quality energy analysis. With the introduction of smart, brokers need to ensure there is no change to their data provision.

Speaker: Paul Farrell, IMServ Europe

15:30 - 16:00

Solar: A long-term, funded approach to reducing and stabilising energy costs.

Looking at the current market limitations and opportunities for solar generation uptake within businesses, Statkraft discuss a unique, funded solution through a partnership approach.

Speaker: Will Watson, Statkraft

10:00 - 10:30

‘EMMA’ – Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Energy Management leader.

What will be the impact of AI on how energy is managed, and energy reduction project investment decisions are made? Will you ride the wave of AI transformation in energy management and become an energy leader, or will you drown?

Speakers: Michael Prager and Duncan Everett, Optimal Monitoring

10:30 - 11:00

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and what it means to the local SME.

This talk will look at the ways in which Thermal Energy Storage research at BCES is helping the local SME to identify ways to improve efficiency, identify new market prospects, test and demonstrate new ideas and ultimately grow businesses. The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) recognises how energy storage, particularly thermal and cryogenic energy based technologies, coupled with appropriate policy, could play an important role in delivering an integrated energy system.

Speaker: Shivangi Sharma, University of Birmingham

11:00 - 11:30

Bamboo: a very low embodied energy material.

Bamboo is a remarkably fast growing family of plants that achieves great strength in little time. Its transformation into useful structural products may be achieved with very little energy input, and if used in a durable product, it can be said that it may act as a carbon sink. As our economy adjusts to the challenges of low-carbon, bamboo offers itself as a promising alternative to conventional carbon intensive materials. This talk will discuss the life-cycle of bamboo, its mechanical properties, its potential applications and environmental benefits.

Speaker: David Trujillo, Coventry University

11:30 - 12:00

The bioenergy revolution: A sustainable, flexible and reliable energy source that can benefit you.

This talk will help you understand how the recovery of energy from biomass can offset your power, heat and transport costs, while helping to achieve your sustainability and corporate responsibility targets.

Speakers: Dr Ana-Maria Cortes and Dr Paula Blanco, Aston University

12:00 - 12:30

Energy price risk modelling and forecasting: an empirical evidence of UK gas.

The development of machining learning technique allows us to better forecast the energy price and reduce the costs of large energy users. This talk introduces several different models for forecasting the UK gas price and compares the performance between them.

Speaker: Yueh Huang, University of Kent

15:00 - 15:30

Pick and Mix Energy: cutting through the red tape.

What if you could buy the outcomes your business needed – refrigerated supermarket produce, comfortable hotel rooms, banks of live computers in well lit offices – or whatever you need?

If businesses sold the services you used energy for, they would compete to give you the outcomes you needed for the lowest price.

They would find the best technologies available and make sure you complied with the latest regulations, while you could focus on understanding what your business needed from energy and delivering this to a higher quality and a lower cost. If you want to learn more, come to this brand-new session.

Speaker: Dr Matthew Lipson, Energy Systems Catapult