Future Economy Network – Decentralised Energy Systems


23rd Jan 2020 | Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD (View Map)

18:00 – 20:30pm


Decentralised Energy Systems

Decentralised energy is not yet a widely understood term, but could pave the way for a productive, sustainable future. Join us for an exciting evening panel discussion with four expert speakers on Decentralised Energy Systems.
Kensa Contracting is Sponsoring this event, we will be joined by fellow speakers from Bevan Brittan, Clean Energy Prospector and Bristol University. The event is hosted at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, on behalf of Bevan Brittan.

David Broom, Our commercial Director of Kensa Contracting, will discuss Community Heating and Cooling with Shared Ground Loop Heat Pumps. David will discuss how heat networks and sustainability is the core of what Kensa Contracting do. David will be talking about how Shared Ground Loop ground source heat pumps can be used as an alternative to traditional heat networks, and how Kensa’s innovative system architecture removes all of the issues experienced with a central plant alternative. Providing the best possible outcomes for the resident and the building owner. David will also run through a couple of Kensa Contracting case studies.



18:00 – 18:20 – Registration and Food

18:20 – 18:30 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network

18:30 – 18:45 – University of Bristol, Colin Nolden

18:45 – 19:00 – Kensa, David Broom

19:00 – 19:15 – CEPRO, Damon Rand

19:15 – 19:45 – Panel Discussion/Q&A

19:45 – 19:50 – 60 Second Pitches

19:50 – 20:00 – Close & Upcoming Events

20:00 – 20:30 – Networking and Food


Book Online HERE


Kensa Contracting’s David Broom will be presenting @ Future Economy network Decentralised Energy Systems

Speakers at this Kensa Contracting Sponsored event:


David Broom, Commercial Director, Kensa Contracting

David has 13 years of experience working with the design and application of ground source heat pumps. David joined Kensa in 2008 and works on large complex commercial applications of ground source heat pump projects. In his time with the company he has played a key role in establishing shared ground loops as a recognised solution for tackling fuel poverty, carbon reduction, air quality and energy security in both the social housing and new build development sector.

Colin Nolden, Researcher at University of Bristol, will be speaking about the Riding Sunbeams project.

In 2019, Riding Sunbeams, a community energy intermediary, demonstrated for the first time ever that it is possible to connect solar photovoltaic panels directly into electrified railways to power trains. For utility services such as railways and water, where there is little scope to reduce or flex demand, procuring renewable energy at the point of such demand provides a direct means of decarbonising and securing supply. Community (and in the case of railways also commuter) ownership of forthcoming renewable energy projects to satisfy this demand provides a route to market for community energy in a post-subsidy environment while providing locally owned direct-wire options for transport decarbonisation.

Nathan Bradberry, Partner at Bevan Brittan LLP, will be speaking on “Tackling the Climate Emergency: Energy Efficiency in Housing & Heat Networks”.

In a world of climate emergency and the UK’s commitment to zero carbon, Nathan Bradberry will present on energy efficiency in housing and heat networks which are 2 markets that will be key contributors to the UK’s transition towards carbon neutrality and the development of smart and clean living. The presentation will cover specific case studies highlighting some of the challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities for authorities seeking to deliver similar projects.

Damon Rand, Founder, Clean Energy Prospector

Damon will talk about a new joint venture initiative, the Microgrid Foundry, owned by Community Energy cooperatives with the mission to help UK housebuilders fund maximal installations of renewables across new homes.

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