Smart Energy Wales: Consumer of the Future

Smart Energy GB is the campaign for a smarter Britain. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to be cleaner and greener with their energy use.

Smart Energy GB is hosting an event at the Senedd on Wednesday 12 of June at 12 – 1:30pm with a lunchtime reception sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM.

Join Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs and leading organisations within the sector to discuss the current market innovations and opportunities for the smart energy consumer of the future.

A buffet lunch will be served alongside an opportunity to view information stands showcasing leading technology within the energy sector.

Luis Soares from Design Informatics at The University of Edinburgh will be showcasing one of their current projects, Karma Kettles. The Karma Kettles study is a pilot project in the contexts of distributed energy systems, which rely on technologies such as blockchains, smart contracts and new batteries that can connect directly to the electricity grid. The Karma Kettle can carry out transactions, such as pulling and pushing data and buying and selling energy.  Most importantly, the Karma Kettle gives users some level of control over energy transactions. The project attempts to investigate the potential for IoT devices to support end consumer energy trade and bottom-up energy generation. Users operate the Karma Kettle through a rotary switch that allows them to use (boil), pull (store) or push (give) energy. The kettles then reward users for pulling or pushing energy into the grid according to the state of the grid contributing to their energy “karma”. Please chat with Luis to learn more and use the kettle.

This event is free but tickets are limited, please reserve your ticket now by clicking here.

Location and logistics

Arriving by car

From the West, leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff Bay and follow signposts to National Assembly for Wales, CF99 1NA.

From the East, leave the M4 at Junction 29, follow the A48 and then A4232 to Cardiff Bay and follow sign posts to National Assembly for Wales, CF99 1NA

The nearest car park is the Q-Park multi-storey on Pierhead Street, a short walk from the Senedd.

Arriving by train

Services run every 12 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station. The station is a few minutes walk from the Senedd, Tŷ Hywel and the Pierhead building.

Arriving by bus

The No. 6 Baycar leaves from Cardiff Queen Street Station, Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, St. Mary Street or Cardiff Central Railway Station every 10 minutes and stops at both Pierhead Street and outside the Wales Millennium Centre adjacent to the Senedd.

*Please note there will be photography at this event

The Oriel, Senedd, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA