AMPS Regional Networking Day

Thursday 28 September 2023 at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, Wolverhampton

The next AMPS Regional Day will be taking place on Thursday 28 September at Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills in Wolverhampton. The event will start at 12:30 and will be finishing at 16:30. The day is free to attend for everyone, and we have four excellent speakers lined up for you.

The AMPS Regional Days are a perfect opportunity to meet and network over a light lunch before an AMPS update from Director General, David Oates, and slate of expert speakers.

The Regional Day is open to everyone, and AMPS members are encouraged to invite guests and non AMPS members to the event.

To book your place please click here.

Sessions & Speakers

Jon McDonald, ESO

Jon is the Operability Strategy Manager, working within the Networks function of the Electricity System Operator. He has been at National Grid ESO since 2011 and has been in Operability Strategy since 2019. His team ensures that the ESO is able to identify challenges of future system operation and develop solutions to those future challenges. They publish an annual report in December; the Operability Strategy Report, which outlines the future system challenges and how we are meeting them.

Jon will be covering the journey to transition from a single period of zero carbon generation to year round zero carbon generation in 2035. He will be touching on the system requirements and necessary services to meet those requirements, and the opportunities for new technologies in the transition to net zero.

Alan Beech, Clarke Energy

Alan is a time-served engineer with over 35 years’ experience within the energy industry, holding lead roles at a variety of multinational companies. Alan joined Clarke Energy in 2019 and is actively involved in Clarke Energy’s diversification to its CHP portfolio, into complementary renewable technologies, such energy efficiency adoption, solar, heat pumps, battery energy storage, hydrogen electrolysers / fuel cells, biomethane plants, carbon capture & utilisation and load shifting hybrid systems. He is a champion of the net-zero journey and an active member of industry trade associations and advisory bodies, advocating the UK’s whole power solution.

Alan will be covering Gas generation for the future. It will mainly focus on gas reciprocating engines’ (why CHP will not be a stranded asset, and why we shall still need Gas Peaking Stations to provide Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES)) but I hope to get it to touch on H2 production and Fuel cells too, opening with some insight as to the current system (electrical and gas networks) problems and where they are going.

Emma Fryer, ERM

Emma is a Partner in ERM’s EMEA Technology Team, specialising in data centre sustainability and resilience. Before joining ERM she spent over a decade providing a collective voice for data centre operators in matters of policy, compliance and reputation at techUK. During this time she led the UK policy dialogue on behalf of the sector, monitored regulatory developments, responded to consultations and has produced position statements on multiple legislative instruments ranging from data protection to air quality. She has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing this growing sector – from power provisioning to public perception.

She has produced over 200 publications from guidance materials to data centre market overviews and has established a reputation for thought leadership, readability and clarity of expression. In 2021 she was elected to the Board of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact and appointed to the Infrastructure Masons Advisory Council. She is a regular speaker at industry events and a judge on international panels.

Mark Acton, Acton Consulting

Mark Acton MD from Acton Consulting will speak on Topic on Trends & Directives for Data Centres in UK. A senior Data Centre Consultant comfortable with extensive international experience and detailed knowledge of the data centre sector and the challenges it currently faces. Mark combines a service delivery driven approach with solid engineering and technical skills and direct operational experience of managing multiple large data centre sites. Further details to follow.