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Front-line Advances in the Low Carbon Energy Transition

September 9, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

How can we drive change towards a low-carbon economy?


Hosted by Tevi, this ‘In Conversation With’ session convenes expert practitioners to discuss cutting-edge developments in the low carbon energy sector.

An interactive Q&A session will be moderated by Tevi and aims to reconcile best practice approaches. If you have specific questions for our speakers, please email them to Tevi’s Vicky Smyth at [email protected]

About the speakers

Chris Coonick has been involved with the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) ever since she moved to Cornwall in 2014. An Industry recognised and well-respected specialist with over 10 years’ experience in the field of solar photovoltaics (PV) and associated smart and flexible technologies, she took up the role of Technical Director for WREN in 2017. As a STEM Ambassador for Cornwall, Chris is passionate about giving the next generation an opportunity for a sustainable low carbon future and encouraging women into engineering roles.

Amanda Forman is the Executive Director of Planet A Solutions and an environmental scientist and energy specialist. Amanda holds qualifications in Marine Science and an Masters of Science in Architecture; Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies with the University of East London and the Centre for Alternative Technology. Amanda has since worked as a renewable energy engineer and project manager. She then ran her own business developing small-scale hydropower projects in Wales. She formed, owned and ran Snowdonia Hydro for seven years, delivering technical consultancy, project management and delivery on over 40 hydro power systems. Amanda then worked for PRP Architects LLP leading the delivery of the Cornwall New Energy project developing low carbon strategy for businesses, using both architectural and renewable energy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David Bowers is an analyst in BP’s Group Technology, where he provides strategic insights for decision makers on power generation technologies and regional energy systems. He joined the company in 2019 after several years working in energy efficiency, followed by the Masters of Sustainable Energy at UQ, Australia. David is passionate about the energy transition and enjoys working for the company at this juncture in its history, with BP recently announcing plans to significantly cut oil and gas production and develop 50GW of renewables by 2030 and go net zero by 2050.

Tevi is an ERDF-funded programme supporting Cornish SMEs to grow whist contributing to Cornwall’s environmental growth priorities and circular economy transition. Tevi currently supports over 300 enterprises through bespoke consultancy services, challenge networks and a grant scheme. Tevi is delivered by the University of Exeter in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company.

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