A first-of-its-kind EU-backed conference on the future of energy in Europe will be held in Edinburgh next month.
Using regions around the North Sea as a test bed, the conference’s Scottish organisers have been working with partners from Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark to explore how we can make better use of our energy systems to serve homes, businesses and public buildings.
Industry body Scottish Renewables is running the event, to be held on September 1-2.
Speakers confirmed for the conference include the Scottish Government’s Head of Electricity Chris Stark, Director of Public Affairs at the European Wind Energy Association Iván Pineda, and Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Denmark Professor Henrik Lund.
Scottish Renewables Director of Policy, Jenny Hogan, said: “Political events are changing the European energy landscape and have led to a new focus on getting secure, safe supplies of energy for the continent, while moving away from fossil fuels.
“Adapting our energy systems and networks to become smarter and greener could solve so many of the problems we currently face as our lives become more dependent on harder-to-source energy.
“For example, allowing communities to produce their own electricity and biofuel, then use it to power their homes and cars, reduces the burden on both the electricity grid and takes tankers off the road network.
“Household batteries which store energy from rooftop solar panels and then use it to power an electric car similarly reduces the pressure on our national electricity grid and puts the consumer in charge of their own energy supply.
“On a grander scale, decommissioned oil and gas infrastructure can be repurposed and used for carbon capture and storage projects, reducing the carbon emissions from fossil fuel power stations. The opportunities which appear when we break down the barriers we’ve traditionally placed on energy are enormous.”