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INTERVIEW: Ericsson’s Nadine Allen discusses the Networked Society

Following on from the Smart Future London 2014 conference, where Ericsson was one of the sponsors, Cleantech Investor has taken the opportunity to chat with Ericsson’s Nadine Allen and to discuss the Networked Society

Nadine Allen is responsible for Ericsson’s new ‘Industry & Society’ Customer Unit for Western Central Europe. Industry & Society is the hub of Ericsson’s focus on securing growth in new areas outside of its traditional telecoms domain. As a Customer Unit Head, Nadine is responsible for leading everything that is needed for the successful development of this business and has accountability for everything, from business development and marketing through to sales and delivery of contracts.

Telecoms have been part of Nadine’s life for nearly 20 years. She has been employed in a variety of leadership roles, including Strategy, Corporate Marketing, Product Line Management and Sales Management. Nadine joined Ericsson in 2006 and over the last six years has been responsible for Ericsson’s business relationship with several of the UK mobile operators. Previously, she held positions with Marconi and Orange. Nadine’s passion lies in developing business by creating value and trust for the customers with whom she works, by thinking about the best options to support their business success.

Q: Nadine, it’s great to have the opportunity to chat with you. Can you explain how Ericsson defines the ‘Networked Society’ and how Ericsson’s business model fits in to the Networked Society vision?

A: Ericsson has long envisioned the arrival of the Networked Society, where connectivity brings people closer together than ever before, where collaboration is part of everyday life, and where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential.


Smart Future: Demand Response, 12 November 2014



Smart Future: Demand Response, an event in the Cleantech Investor Smart Future series, takes place on 12th November in Moorgate, at the offices of Smith & Williamson – 25, Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY.

The growing integration of intermittent renewable energy generation into the grid, and problems arising from aging infrastructure open up a niche for Demand Response (DR) programmes in almost every electricity market.

DR is poised to become a mainstream solution to electric grid instability.

Navigant estimates that Demand Response load curtailment will skyrocket from a 2013 estimate of 57,764 megawatts (MW) to 140,472 MW by 2020.

DR has the capacity to address many challenges, from energy security, grid instability, rising energy costs, as well population growth and increased demand. This morning event aims to explore:

  • What we really mean by Demand Response and why we need it.
  • The DR technologies in use
  • The opportunities for the grid and other businesses
  • Ancillary services to DR
  • How the DR market might be restructured
  • The opportunities DR provides within the UK’s energy markets
  • How DR can best be implemented in the UK





Mark Howitt, Director, Technical & Operations, Storelectric


Ged Holmes, Commercial Director, Open Energi

John Webster, VP of Marketing and Strategy for EMEA, Opower


Becky Lees, Consultant, EA Technology


Sophie Yule, General Counsel, Tempus Energy 


Marc Borrett, CEO, Reactive Technologies


Pieter-Jan Mermans, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, REstore on behalf of the UK DRA


Andrew Bond, Partner, Smith & Williamson


Felicia Jackson, Editor at Large, Cleantech Magazine




08:00 - Registration Opens

08:10 - Coffee and Breakfast Networking

09:00 - Speakers:

Felicia Jackson, Cleantech Investor
Andrew Bond, Smith & Williamson

Ged Holmes, Commercial Director, Open Energi
Realising the potential for Dynamic Demand to deliver system-wide change in the UK energy markets and accelerating business growth via strategic collaborations.

John Webster, VP of Marketing and Strategy for EMEA, Opower
Data analytics and behavioural change in demand response

Pieter-Jan Mermans, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, REstore on behalf of the UK DRA
Demand response and the capacity markets - challenges to be overcome


09:50-10:00: Coffee Break

Becky Lees, Consultant, EA Technology
EVs and how demand response can drive the market

Marc Borrett, CEO, Reactive Technologies
Tradenergy services allows access to multiple DSM revenue streams and arbitrage in the wholesale electricity market

Sophie Yule, General Counsel, Tempus Energy
Demand response: new business models and new ways of using DR technology

Mark Howitt, Director, Technical & Operations, Storelectric
Understanding the need for storage with DSR

Q&A followed by Panel Debate

11.30: Event Ends

Register Now!


Who should attend?

  • Cleantech companies with products and services targeting the demand response market
  • Developers of technologies in demand response, or businesses building on the new models that DR will support
  • Government and not for profit organisations with an interest in the impact of demand response, and its potential role in stabilising the grid, minimising rising energy costs and supporting grid stability
  • Electricity companies looking to develop their understanding of the role of DR in the electricity markets
  • Investors with an interest in the developing DR sector and its growth potential
  • Corporate advisors and consultants working in the demand response sector


The event cost is £30 + VAT.


Building a Smart Future

Smart Grid event

Building a Smart Future, the first in a planned series of smart grid events organised by Cleantech Investor, takes place on 3rd October 2013. The event will explore the key technology areas within the broad smart grid sector and the drivers for adoption, with a particular focus on the UK market.

Within smart meters alone, GBI Research anticipates that market penetration is set to rise from current levels of around 5% to at least 55% - or 719.3 million meters - globally by 2020. Other key technologies include HVDC transmission, broadband over powerline and energy storage – with the latter permitting the integration of increased levels of renewable energy into the grid.

Research undertaken last year on behalf of SmartGrid GB forecast that the UK could be at the forefront of smart grid technology if it takes an innovative approach and acts quickly. It estimated that it could help create around 10,000 jobs and contribute £13 billion to the economy, creating a £5 billion export market.

Yet, to date, the success rate of smart grid projects has been mixed, with many energy storage projects still at the pilot stage. While the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the preferred bidders for its smart grid infrastructure competition in mid—August,  the mass roll out of smart meters has been delayed. In May DECC announced that the first stage of the introduction of smart meters would be pushed back to autumn 2015 (completion due by 2020), in order to provide suppliers with more time to design and test their systems.


2011: A Review of Cleantech Equity Deals - Energy Management

Published in: 2011 - A Review of Cleantech Equity Deals, January 2012

This section comprises companies which are involved in smart grid applications and the related area of grid monitoring technology. It includes companies with applications for both domestic and commercial buildings as well as those which focus at the utility level.

Amongst VC investors there was significant interest in the sector, at least in terms of the number of deals. However, a rush of merger and acquisition activity in the space might indicate that VCs are struggling to continue to fund some of the larger players in the sector in the absence of exits via the IPO route.

In terms of M&A activity, this sector was extremely busy. The $2.3 billion acquisition of Landis+Gyr by Toshiba Corp was a key deal in the smart meter industry.

Other significant M&A deals in energy management included the purchase of Powercorp by ABB, Siemens’ acquisition of eMeter, the US$3.2 billion purchase of Converteam by GE, Schneider Electric’s acquisition of Telvent for US$2 billion and the purchase of Agilewaves by Serious Energy.

The investments by GE and its venture capital partners, Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Rockport Capital, as part of the second round of funding for the GE ecomagination Challenge, accounted for a significant number of deals in the space.

Energy management firms which secured ecomagination funds (not featured in the following list) included Ember (low-power chips), GMZ Energy (waste heat to electricity), Hara (resource management), On-Ramp Wireless  (low power wireless communications), Project Frog (sustainable buildings technology), Viridity Energy (power management software), VPhase (voltage optimisation technology), WiTricity (wireless battery charging) and Nuventix (which is featured in the lighting section).



5 questions with Willem van Putten of KEMA

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, October 2011

Mr Willem van Putten leads KEMA activities in Asia Pacific, particularly in smart grid initiatives, research, design and developments. He will be speaking at Asia Smart Grid, which is part of the Singapore International Energy Week taking place from 31 Oct to 4 Nov 2011. For more information, visit www.siew.sg

Willem van PuttenHow would you define the KEMA smart grid vision/what is a 'smart grid' and what does it mean for all involved? Can you also explain the role of SmartGridSherpa?

The smart grid is a dynamic system modernising transmission and distribution, which intelligently relays energy and information both ways between utilities and end users. Smart energy grids will be required for the transition to an energy system using renewable energy sources and the associated decentralised electricity generation facilities. Mature smart grids require a transparent coordination mechanism which allows these various energy sources and appliances to be interconnected on a non-segregated and plug-in basis. In essence, smart grids should seamlessly combine distributed generation with demand response.

This transition is largely perceived as the greatest disruption to the energy industry in a century and KEMA’s services allow for reliable consulting, testing, and certification of the many and varied technologies involved.

SmartGridSherpa is an online knowledge base designed to provide information and engage parties in dialogue around smart grid issues. It is a hub for content developed by KEMA (including podcasts, white papers, e-books and other articles), as well as for outside experts to share news and views. The site engages and educates existing and potential customers, media, and other stakeholders.

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