Sustainable Energy Futures For Remote Communities

Background: Decarbonising energy systems to deliver sustainable energy futures is widely recognised as a global imperative but, unless local natural resources align with this objective, the technologies do not yet exist that allow communities to meet energy transition targets economically. For remote communities cut off from mainland infrastructure the energy transition journey may take several decades but every journey begins with the first steps.

The island of Alderney has invested heavily, introducing advanced active network management to allow the integration of key energy assets at grid scale, creating the foundation for future transition to low carbon energy. This presentation looks at what has been achieved, at the journey that the community is embarking on and how a small island might become a vital sandpit for energy innovation.


James Lancaster is an engineer with a background in the Aerospace Industry. In 2002, he joined the University of Bristol to lead Technology Transfer, working with emergent technologies and creating research alliances with multi-national businesses. An interest in the necessity of testbeds for innovation in the fields of energy transition and digital communications, led him to Alderney in the Channel islands. As Managing Director of the Island’s principal energy provider, he has occupied himself with the question of how to provide communities with sustainable energy futures.

Monday, 13 May 2024

11:00 - 11:45 BST


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    James Lancaster
    Managing Director
    Alderney Electricity Ltd