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session 01

Imagine a blank sheet of paper. How would you draw the future energy system – and can we work together to build it?

A space for the brightest and most progressive players in energy and tech to envision, co-design and develop the future energy system.


We’re delighted to invite you to Centre for Net Zero’s inaugural en_tech_talks session. We’re bringing together a diverse community with a unifying principle: to rapidly accelerate the energy transition. If you’re an energy tech leader, distribution network operator, academic, researcher, policymaker, city/borough/place-based representative – or simply involved and/or interested in the decarbonisation of energy systems – we’d love you to join us!


Cutting-edge keynotes from machine learning experts at the forefront of the decarbonisation movement, followed by some lively networking, fuelled by carbon neutral beer and pizza.


5.45pm – Arrival & welcome

6.15pm – Introduction

Lucy Yu
Lucy Yu
CEO, Centre for Net Zero

6.20pm – Keynote 01: Using Machine Learning to Improve Solar Photovoltaic Forecasting

Jack Kelly
Jack Kelly
Co-Founder, Open Climate Fix

Description: Forecasting solar photovoltaic (PV) power production is hard work: as clouds move over PV panels, the power output moves up and down rapidly. To keep the energy grid in balance, operators need to have readily available power generation reserves, which usually come from fossil fuel sources. By creating more accurate predictions of how much electricity a PV installation will produce over the coming hours, we can reduce the amount of fossil fuel reserves required. During this talk, Jack will talk us through how his team uses state-of-the-art machine learning to derisk solar investments and help the grid by improving forecasts of PV power generation.

6.45pm – Keynote 02: Understanding The Rise In Climate Misinformation On Social Media Using Machine Learning & AI

Dr Ramit Debnath
Dr Ramit Debnath
Former Gates Scholar, Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge and Caltech

Description: We know that social media platforms are increasingly polluted with climate denialism. What is the role of Twitter interactions in spreading climate misinformation and building online echo chambers? How can we accurately map these sentiments in the first place – and what is their impact on public perceptions of the climate? In this discussion, Dr Ramit will explain his data-driven exploration of one million Twitter interactions, and how these findings can be used to shape just policy design around the world.

7.10pm – Lightning Session: Will We Reach Our Heat Pump Target? Exploring Government Interventions Through Agent-Based Modelling

Ryan Jenkinson
Ryan Jenkinson
Head of Strategy, Centre for Net Zero

Description: In the latest Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government committed to transitioning to low-carbon heating, with heat pumps being the most likely alternative to gas boilers for most homes. But will we install enough heat pumps in the next decade to meet our decarbonisation objectives? What combinations of interventions get us to, and potentially beyond, the target – and what are the important bottlenecks and considerations as we scale heat pumps en masse? Centre for Net Zero’s latest research report addresses these questions using an open-source, people-centred model – and Ryan will talk through the headline findings.

7.25pm – Concluding remarks

7.30pm – Networking

8.30pm – Event ends