26 March 2019
Sir William Lyons Rd, Coventry CV4 7EZ
In 2018, the industry was set a challenge by the Government to decarbonise the network by 2040. In January, the industry responded to this challenge with the publication of the initial Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce report. Last week, RIA published its Electrification Cost Challenge report, setting out how the cost of electrification can be reduced. The Rail industry is a big user of energy (more than 1% of all UK electricity for a start) and there is a pressure on us to reduce the energy we use and look for greener sources where we can.
This is where Unlocking Innovation: Energy in Rail comes in. RIA’s highly regarded Unlocking Innovation events bring together the people with ideas and ambition to drive change in rail. The events create a stimulating mix of large and small companies, academics and innovators with a practical aim of developing outputs that will drive the industry forward. Unlocking Innovation events also aim to create new supply chains, to build value and benefit the UK economy, rail suppliers and the ultimate customers, rail users.
Our speakers and topics include Andrew Kluth, author of the Rail Decarbonisation Task Force’s Initial Report; Alex Burrows of Birmingham BCRRE on their work in Hydrogen traction power; Dave King, Chief Engineer of Vivarail on battery hybrid powertrains; Rob Forde of Network Rail on the ‘Reliable & Sustainable power’ theme of their CP6 R&D programme; Michael Scott-Robinson of TfL on their Energy Innovation initiatives; Kevin Brundish of AGM Batteries on the Faraday Battery Challenge, and RIA’s own David Clarke will present his Electrification Cost Challenge report for the first time.
We will also have a number of quick-fire Elevator Pitch presentations from SMEs looking to win attention for their innovative ideas in the market and we also have spaces for organisations wanting to exhibit their products and services.
If there is something you want to present or exhibit then please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
We are grateful to RIA member Schneider Electric for the use of their Coventry campus and for the loan of cutting-edge demonstration equipment for delegates to interact with.
More details about the programme and speakers will follow shortly.