Project duration:  July – September 2020

Regen is working with UK Research and Innovation, Innovate UK and the Energy Systems Catapult to explore how open data can enable greater innovation in local energy systems.

We will explore the opportunities for utilising data for local energy systems and identify the challenges that stakeholders have that could be met through data solutions. In doing so we hope to support innovation for net zero and investment in the green recovery.

Some of the ways in which we expect data could be better used are:

  • Providing better energy advice for local people considering home asset investments
  • Supporting developers of renewable generation to identify sites
  • Providing services that facilitate bill reductions for the vulnerable
  • Addressing network constraint management
  • Choosing heating assets for new building developments
  • Matching of energy supply and demand.

But we know there are many more use cases out there. So we will be asking local energy system stakeholders for their views. Watch this space for how you can get involved or get in touch with Tamar.

Innovate UK

 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: ongoing

Regen’s solar developer forum brings together leading players in the sector with key policy makers and regulators to discuss how to enable large scale solar to become a successful and sustainable sector, playing a key role in the UK’s energy future and decarbonisation targets.

The forum sessions to date have included:

Regen also launched a report as part of the Solar Commission on 9 July, to stimulate new thinking and encourage collaboration between academics, industry and system operators on the role of solar power in the energy system. A copy of the report can be found here.

As post-subsidy solar and storage became a reality in 2019, the focus turned on how the industry could contribute most effectively to the overall UK energy system. The forum series restarted at this point to provide an opportunity to from leading developers and investors on the pipeline of projects coming through in 2020 and debate what is required to catalyse investment and enable the scale of development we will need.

Speakers in the series have so far included:

  • Lily Coles, commercial sales director, Anesco Limited
  • Biljana Stojkovska, innovation manager, power potential project Lead, National Grid ESO
  • Ricardo Piñeiro, partner, Foresight Group
  • Abid Kazim, managing director, NextEnergy Capital
  • Toddington Harper, chief executive officer, GRIDSERVE
  • David Peill, commercial director, BSR Group
  • Eric Weemaels, technical acquisition manager, Foresight Group
  • Paul Jewell, policy manager, Western Power Distribution
  • Tom Palmer, principal consultant, Cornwall Insight
  • Nicholas Gall, senior policy analyst, Solar Trade Association
  • Alan John, partner, Osborne Clarke

The forum series is run in partnership with Osborne Clarke

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Please register your interest in the Solar Developer Forum Below:

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: Ongoing

Regen has been working with electricity network operators to help maintain a positive relationship with those companies that own and operate the generation assets connected to the distribution network. We work in partnership with Western Power Distribution, the leading network operator in this area, to deliver the quarterly forum.

The project creates an opportunity for the control room staff from the network operator to engage directly with generation assets owners in a constructive forum, that is based on actions and progress over time. This has improved communication and increases understanding between the parties, creating positive outcomes. An estimated 10 GW of assets connected to the distribution network is represented at the forum, with solar PV, onshore wind, hydro, energy storage, anaerobic digestion and gas peakers included.

Key areas of work have included:

  • Creation of a generator portal for owners and operators to use for site-specific outage notifications
  • Internal work by WPD internally to improve processes and outage planning to reduce the length and severity of network constraints and outages on distributed generation customers
  • Improving communication format and frequency with generators on outages and constraints
  • Investigating technical options for mitigating outage impact (e.g. new pole-mounted line isolator)
  • Estimating the lost generation (MWh) and cost implication (£) from outages.

Regen is an independent facilitator of the forum and takes responsibility for chairing, organising the agenda, writing up meeting notes, contact list management, invites to the sector, and specific project reports (e.g. lost generation).

Forum meeting

The WPD forum webpage is available here.

The WPD generator portal is available here.


If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: September 2019 – November 2019

Regen has previously worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD) and the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on a range of animations to communicate complex and technical topics in a concise and visual way – available here. In this project for Bristol Energy and Bristol City Council we delivered three animations which unpack three key topics, linking solar PV and energy storage in the home, smart metering, and the climate emergency response in Bristol.

The 2D bespoke graphics included Bristol landmarks and a Bristol Energy colour palette.

Regen created the scripts and storyboards, project managed, monitored the review process and used a trusted animator partner to deliver the animations.

Helping Bristol become carbon neutral by 2030

Linking solar PV and energy storage in the home (due to be published)

Smart meters

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: October 2019 – March 2020

Regen worked with Energy Networks Association and the energy network companies to update the strategies that guide network innovation.

Innovation in our energy networks plays a key role in the transformation of the energy system. Electricity and gas networks are working in partnership with innovators, businesses and local communities to invest in trialling new technologies and business models. Funding mechanisms, including the Network Innovation Allowance and Network Innovation Competition, are enabling an extensive portfolio of projects that are changing how our energy system works and delivering billions of pounds worth of benefits to customers.

We helped shape the underlying principles, innovation themes and focus areas of these important strategies and ran an extensive stakeholder engagement process to make sure we reflected the views of the wider industry.

You can read the 2020 strategies by clicking on the images below:

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You can read the project team’s reflections on developing the revised strategies here.

The development of the content involved an extensive stakeholder engagement process, which you can find out more about by following the links below:

Phase 1: Watch the first webinar below, which describes the proposed changes to the strategies and gathers peoples’ feedback. These were part of a wider online consultation that ran from 11 November to 9 December 2019. The summary of findings from this first phase of engagement is available here.

Phase 2: Watch the second webinar here, which summarises the feedback from the first stage of stakeholder engagement and explores focus areas with the participants. This webinar followed  two stakeholder workshops that took place in Glasgow and London in January 2020. The summary of findings from this second phase of engagement is available here.

 

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To find out more about this project, contact Tamar Bourne at tbourne@regen.co.uk


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: March 2018 – March 2019

The Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides experiences many problems with its electricity network that are typical of such remote areas. The electricity connection to the mainland is at peak capacity, meaning further development of the island’s prolific renewable energy resources is difficult. Furthermore, the existing wind farms on the island are constrained and back-up diesel generators are required when there are outages which affect the connection to the mainland.

Regen was a partner, with Cenex and E-Car, on an innovative study led by Zero Carbon Marine, co-funded by OLEV and BEIS in partnership with Innovate UK, that will used the Isle of Lewis as a living laboratory. The study will assessed the potential for the Isle of Lewis to decarbonise its power and transport markets through the use of smart charging and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. The ultimate aim is to deploy V2G technology to make the island’s electricity infrastructure more robust and self-sufficient and maximise the export of zero carbon power through the interconnector to the mainland.

 

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People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: February 2019 to August 2019

The BESST (Bristol Energy Smart System Transformation) project designed a customer focused way to deploy smart energy and digital technology at scale. It aimed to reduce energy system costs and deliver a radically new customer experience for local energy consumers and businesses. The project was funded by Innovate UK.

We worked with a multi-disciplinary consortium to integrate existing technology and commercial offerings to reach a tipping point and unleash mainstream adoption of local energy system offerings. Our partners were Bristol Energy, Upside Energy, Bristol City Council, Bristol Energy Network, Bristol Community Transport and SeverNet.Capture

The project aimed to create a cluster of smart homes and businesses across four wards in west Bristol, including the Avonmouth and Severnside enterprise area.

Digitally integrated within a flexibility and smart city platform, these energy consumers would be empowered to take advantage of a number of new and innovative energy service propositions, such as new smart and local generation tariffs, ‘Energy as a Service’ models, energy management and optimisation and, in the future, energy peer-to-peer trading and local energy markets.

The focus of the design phase was on engaging with both customers and new smart energy supply chain actors to validate the value propositions and confirm the technical, commercial and regulatory architecture. The goal was that, by the end of phase one, the solutions could be rolled out and form an integral part of the wider Bristol City Leap programme, which is seeking over £875 million of public/private investment to transform the energy landscape of the city.

You can read the final report here. 

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People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: January 2019 to July 2019

Regen has run the Solar Commission, a project that has been set up as part of the UKERC Whole Systems Network Fund.

Innovation and falling costs are leading to solar power playing an increasing role in the energy system. The UK has considerable scientific, technical and business experience in solar power and including technology, power storage, control systems, financing, and power purchase arrangements.

The role of the Commission has been to stimulate new thinking and encourage collaboration between academics, industry and system operators on the role of solar power in the energy system. The Commission examined areas where the UK could use its scientific and technical capabilities to play a leading role in innovation and industrial strategy opportunities in solar power.

The Commission was formed of industry leaders, academics and others and the Commissioners were responsible for investigating the future role of solar power in the energy system, considering the UK’s areas of strength in research and innovation in solar.

The findings will be used to inform and influence decision makers and leading players in the UK energy system and have been published in a non technical briefing at the House of Lords on 9 July 2019. The project engaged new voices and maximise female representation through collaboration with Regen’s Entrepreneurial Women in Renewables initiative.

View the final publication here

View blog – Why do we need more research into solar energy conversion?  

By Dr. Phillip Dale, University of Luxembourg

View blog Revenue opportunities for solar farms from system services

Dr. Biljana Stojkovska, National Grid ESO

 

Led by: Kerry Hayes – project manager

Contact: khayes@regen.co.uk

Solar Commission - Members of the Commission include:

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Professor Alison WalkerUniversity of Bath Bath
Professor Neil RobertsonUniversity of EdinburghUniversity Of Edinburgh Logo
Professor Neil GreenhamUniversity of CambridgeLogo
Professor Mike WallsLoughborough UniversityDownload (1)
Robyn LucasOpen EnergiOpen Energi
Aleksandra KlassenSolar Trade Association STA Logo CMYK
Dr KT TanViridian SolarDownload
Christine CoonickBRE National Solar Centre0
Dr Phillip Dale University of LuxembourgUnilu
Paul WarrenNSG2819035 NSG Group Logo
Imran AghaSiemensSiemens Logo
Sonya BedfordStephens ScownStephens Scown

Led by: Kerry Hayes – project manager

Contact: khayes@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: Ongoing

Regen has worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD) and the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on a range of animations to communicate complex and technical topics in a concise and visual way. We are leading the sector in the delivery of animations as communication tools to explain the challenges ahead for the energy networks. Explaining how key technologies such as electricity storage and electric vehicles are due to revolutionise the energy system and provide new opportunities. As well as how key projects such as the Open Networks project will help with the evolution of our energy networks. See some examples below.

The growth of electric vehicles (published July 2018)

Electricity storage (published June 2017)

A full range of the WPD animations is available here.

 

Introduction to the Open Networks Project (published December 2017)

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk

 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Jodie Giles
Jodie Giles
Senior project manager - communities
Jodie is a senior project manager responsible for the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: April 2018 to November 2018

Cornwall Council is at the forefront of the energy transition and is now looking at innovative approaches to further develop its energy portfolio and to help facilitate economic growth.  On behalf of Cornwall Council, Regen is supporting the development of an energy storage solution at the Aerohub site in Newquay, Cornwall (UK). This location offers several opportunities and options for the development of innovative storage solutions, co-located with solar PV generation and demand customers at the Aerohub. An initial high-level feasibility study showed that there was value from increasing onsite usage of renewable generation and avoiding
peak prices. However, it also showed that additional revenue and/or cost reduction would be needed to enable a viable business in the current market. Following this Cornwall Council was interested in investigating the technical options available in more detail. 

Regen drafted and circulated the prospectus and expression of interest, that outlined an exciting opportunity to work with an innovative Council to develop an energy storage system.

We received an excellent response from the sector by using our knowledge of active companies and existing contact lists. A solar power portal article helped publicise the project to a wider sector audience and a number of companies asked for further information during the process, which was provided if available and approved. We received interest from a total of 23 companies.

Aerohub Prospectus

Aerohub Logo Block

Following the prospectus and EoI, further modelling work was undertaken to identify the viability of energy storage at the Aerohub site in August 2019. To accurately assess potential savings, the model uses the latest electricity tariffs alongside half-hourly historical generation and grid import/export data (2018/19) from Kernow Solar park and Newquay Aerohub respectively. The modelling looked at a lithium-ion and redox flow battery options.  

We are continuing to work in partnership with Cornwall Council to confirm suitable next steps and the process for developing the potential energy storage project at the site in question.

 


If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: July 2018 to July 2019

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) commissioned Regen, with partners Pell Frischmann, the Landmark Practice and the University of the West of England, to undertake a research project on planning for a smart energy future.

The research aimed to understand the potential for the planning system to take a proactive, forward-looking and positive approach to supporting the UK’s transition to a smart energy future.

The report highlights the lack of attention given to ‘smart energy’ in national planning policy and guidance and the gap between what happens on the ground and the opportunities offered by smart energy.

“Nothing should be planned without demonstrating it is fit to take its place in a net-zero emissions future… It makes no sense for what is planned and built today to be delivered in a way, or in places, that will require costly retrofitting tomorrow,” says the report.

The report finds notable strides have been taken to cut emissions using the existing planning toolkit, but the pace of change is out of step with the ambitions set out in the Clean Growth Strategy and what is needed to meet the UK’s legal commitments to decarbonise.

Focussed on the south west, the research involved extensive stakeholder engagement with planning professionals and companies representing the smart energy sector.   We undertook a survey, focus groups and one to one interviews, enabling us to examine current barriers, emerging practice, and future challenges and opportunities with relevant stakeholders

Project lead: Hazel Williams

Contacthwilliams@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead and helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: April 2016 to March 2021

SET-UP aims to improve energy performance in the partner regions with enhanced policies on smart grids.

Regen is an advisory partner on a European funded project to enhance smart grid policies in 6 partner regions with a specific focus on solutions to 3 main challenges to smart grid deployment:

  • empowering consumers;
  • economic and business models;
  • investment possibilities for smart network infrastructure.

This is funded by INTERREG IVC European Regional Development Fund.Budget

Further details are available on the project website here.

Regen is an advisory partner on the project, providing briefings on the latest policy changes, giving individual support to project partners on specialist subjects, presenting at project meetings, and communicating best practice in smart grids across the EU.

Recent work has included:

  • Organising and managing a partner meeting in London in October 2019, featuring leading companies from the UK: Octopus Energy – head office visit, LEVC and Ubitricity lampost charging demonstration, Electron, Moixa, and PicloFlex. Slides available here.
  • Representing the project in INTERREG Europe webinars on e-mobility. The most recent of which was organised in partnership with the SET-UP project and discussed the impact of electric mobility on electricity networks.

Combined Logo

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

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