Graham Weale – Keynote Speaker

Expert on Future of Energy and Professor of Energy Economics

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Specialist Subjects

  • Company Business Models to Drive the Energy Transition
  • Inspiration from Germany’s Reallabore – Exploiting Synergy to the Limits
  • EU Green Deal – Essential Conditions to Reach the Goal
  • From Geological to Meteorological Dominance – a Move towards a new World Order
  • Hydrogen as Successor to Natural Gas – Economic, Technical and Contractual Challenges
  • Green hydrogen and ammonia outlook
  • Molecule  goes global – why we need an import-oriented hydrogen strategy
  • Lessons learned from the natural gas experience
  • Comparability of natural gas and hydrogen contracts
  • Global allocation of renewable energy potential – implications for future green energy trade
  • Energy-intensive industry decarbonisation – keeping production in Europe
  • Hydrogen for Europe – bringing reality to the national strategies

Languages

  • English
  • German

Biography

Graham Weale is an expert on Energy Transitions both in Europe and the USA. He has a deep understanding of their political, economic and technological dimensions explaining how end-goals can be achieved at the lowest cost to society.

Weale has the ability to highlight the difficult issues that politicians face and to explain the challenges of such transitions in a way which is illuminating. Between 2007-16 Weale was Chief Economist at RWE, Germany’s largest power generator, and helped navigate the company through the German Energiewende (the move out of nuclear power into renewables).

Before this Graham Weale was Director of European Services for IHS Globalinsight (now CERA), one of the world’s leading energy and economic consultancies. Whilst his most recent experience focused on Europe’s electricity system, at Globalinsight he covered gas and coal extensively and was frequently engaged as an Expert Witness at high-profile gas contract arbitrations. His oil experience was gained with ExxonMobil.

Graham Weale has first-hand experience of all of the major forms of energy. The combination of his technical and commercial background from Oxford University enables him to offer unique insights into the junction of these two disciplines. In the late 1980s he was credited as the first energy expert to highlight the potential of the Combined Cycle Gas plant as a major source of power generation in Europe. Weale has also worked as advisor to the European Commission and other European Governments. He is a member of the IEA Business Council and was appointed Honorary Professor of Energy Economics at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany’s 5th largest) in 2015.

Popular Talks by Graham Weale

Company Business Models to Drive the Energy Transition

This presentation starts with some exciting game-changing decisions which large companies have announced. It next looks at the decarbonisation business models of six leading companies – Enel, Ørsted, Shell, TotalEnergies, Volkswagen and Tesla. Finally it focusses on the EU € 250 bn investment value chain in 2030 and suggests which companies – European and foreign – will capture different parts of it – renewables, hydrogen, batteries and charging stations.

Inspiration from Germany’s Reallabore – Exploiting Synergy to the Limits

This presentation looks at six of the most innovative projects at a commercial scale which are supported by the Germany government to help decarbonise the country. It explains how they exploit the synergies of several different elements – renewable energy, hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage, use of the by-products (oxygen and waste heat) in industry, for transport and also buildings. One project shows how “fifth generation” district-heating can be used to reduce primary energy demand for a building block by 80% and the customer bill by 20%.

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