12:30 Welcome by Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture, The Concrete Centre
Elaine will provide a snap shot of numerous projects, design approaches and innovative concrete products that can help support the supply of renewable energy in the UK.
12:40- CREATE (Concrete as a Technology Enabler)- Karoline Lende, Chartered Engineer in the Advanced Digital Engineering group, Arup
This presentation will cover CREATE (Concrete as a Technology Enabler); a research project funded by Wave Energy Scotland, aiming to demonstrate that concrete can enable cost reduction in wave energy converters. Arup has developed structural designs of two floating concrete wave energy converters, demonstrating a reduction up to 20% in Levelised Cost of Energy. The project has involved evaluating different concrete construction techniques, including in-situ and precast methods, and full-scale testing of a precast joint to demonstrate water-tightness. The findings of the study have been consolidated within an online digital tool, Convex, to allow wave energy developers to explore the use of concrete in their device designs, and enable wider adoption of concrete in the wave energy sector as it moves towards commercialisation.
13:00- Energy Storage Towers - Davide Zampini, Head of Global R&D, Cemex
A pioneering gravity fed energy storage system has been developed by Energy Vault using the kinetic energy in a tower of moving blocks with the first prototype in operation. In this presentation Davide will explain the principles behind this new method of renewable energy production, and the innovation taking place in Cemex’s Research and Development centre to create new forms of concrete to ensure the right balance of cost, durability and sustainability credentials.