Smart energy - now its personal. The IET Clerk Maxwell Lecture 2012

Venue: IET London: Savoy Place

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jan 19, 2012
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30% of all the UK's energy is consumed in our homes and yet the great majority take it entirely for granted. We can no longer. Government faces challenges of energy security and climate change. Consumers are battling rising energy costs. Utilities are caught in the middle, accused of profiteering yet facing billions of pounds of infrastructure investment.

As we transition to a sustainable future, our relationship with energy is already starting to undergo rapid change. This decade will see a host of innovations arriving in the home, from smart meters to micro-generation to home automation, heat pumps and electric vehicles.

Join us on the 19th January to discuss what the future may look like, how we will face up to the challenges, how government and the energy industry will engage with consumers, and what role engineers will need to play if this is to be a success.


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Pilgrim Beart MIET co-founded AlertMe, one of the leading companies in the new field of Home Energy Management. After a degree in Computer Science at City University London, he spent his early career as a hands-on engineer innovating in UK and Silicon Valley technology start-ups. In 1998 he returned to the UK and started his first company, developing an indoor location system. His second start-up was an antenna technology company which went on to ship 100m’s of antennas into consumer devices. Building on his experience of technology innovation, he then co-founded AlertMe in 2005 to address what the founders saw as an 'inevitable' new opportunity – connecting us to our homes, making the so-called Connected Home, or Smart Home, a mass-market reality. Pilgrim speaks passionately about the potential of engineering innovation to improve our lives.