Artificial Intelligence in the Energy Sector & Understanding Neurodiversity: A CIGRE UK Workshop

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  • 30th April 2024
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CIGRE UK is committed to advancing knowledge within the energy sector, fostering professional connections, and championing diversity within the CIGRE community. As part of our 2024 agenda, our Women in Energy team has organised a workshop, open to all, focusing on the roles of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in energy and promoting understanding of neurodiversity.

Join us for enlightening talks by speakers from National Grid, Open Climate Fix, and TNEI as they delve into the transformative role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the energy industry. They will explore how AI aids in optimizing operations, improving efficiency, and addressing challenges unique to the sector. Additionally, the speakers will shed light on the data challenges associated with AI applications, providing valuable insights into managing and leveraging data effectively.  This is a six hour Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunity.

Following the presentations, engage in a dynamic panel session where delegates can interact with the speakers, pose questions, and participate in discussions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain deeper understanding and explore the potential of AI in shaping the future of the energy landscape. Prepare to be inspired and informed as we navigate the forefront of AI innovation in the energy sector.

In the second segment of our event, we shift our focus to understanding neurodiversity. The ADHD Foundation will lead an informative session aimed at educating delegates on the nuances of neurodiversity. Attendees will gain insights into the diverse ways individuals process information and navigate the world. Furthermore, the session will explore how AI and technology can be leveraged to support neurodiversity, fostering inclusivity and maximizing the potential of all individuals within the energy sector.

The session will culminate in an interactive workshop, providing attendees with practical tools and strategies to promote neurodiversity within their organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, share experiences, and collaborate on innovative approaches to inclusivity.

CIGRE UK extends a warm welcome to all individuals interested (members and non-members alike) in collaboration within the energy sector and who value diversity. Please note that space for this event is limited to 50 delegates. Secure your place by booking via Eventbrite now!

Workshop Fees

CIGRE Member: £75 + VAT
[Individual and Collective/Company Membership]

University Student: £25 + VAT
[Please register with your academic email address to qualify]

Non CIGRE Member: £100 + VAT

Payment via Debit or Credit Card at registration via Eventbrite


09:15 – Registration and Refreshments

09:45 – Welcome and Introduction

10:00 – Presentations: AI in the Energy Sector

  1. The age of AI: UK’s first trials to develop fully automated overhead line inspection – Anusha Srihari Arva: National Grid
  2. Solar Nowcasting with Satellite Imagery using Machine Learning – Peter Dudfield: Open Climate Fix
  3. Bias Traps in AI – Diptargha Chakravorty: TNEI

10:45 – Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – Panel Discussion

11:30 – Interactive session: Use of AI for productivity

12:00 – Networking lunch

13:00 – Presentations: Neuroviversity – Arron Hutchinson: ADHD Foundation

  1. Understanding Neurodiversity
  2. How to support people of Neurodiversity in the workplace
  3. AI & Neurodiversity

14:35 – Coffee Break & Networking

14:50 – Discussion and Appreciation on the Following Topics – Arron Hutchinson: ADHD Foundation

  1. Showcasing and exploring examples of successful neurodivergent professionals both in the energy sector and in the wider workplace.
  2. Showcasing and exploring positive examples of how companies have successfully supported neurodivergent employees.

15:20 – Workshop Activities – Arron Hutchinson: ADHD Foundation

16:00 – Closing Remarks

Presenter Biographies and Abstracts

Anusha Srihari Arva

Anusha Srihari Arva

Job Title: Manager of Net Zero Strategy and Policy, Group Sustainability, National Grid

Presentation Title:  The age of AI: UK’s first trials to develop fully automated overhead line inspection.

Biography: Anusha is currently Net Zero Strategy and Policy Manager at National Grid. She is responsible for developing and implementing group-wide policy and strategy to support the delivery of environmental commitments at National Grid. Prior to this, she led an innovation portfolio on overhead lines at National Grid Electricity Transmission, aimed at evolving transmission overhead line assets into a net zero future. She also worked in applied research in France, on topics such as stability studies for integration of renewables and analysis of measurements taken from the European power grid. Prior to entering the energy industry, Anusha worked in Deloitte Consulting, honing her professional and consulting skills while working in the Information Management domain. Anusha holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from The National Institute of Engineering (India) and a Masters in Control Engineering, Robotics and Applied Informatics, specializing in Control Systems from Centrale Nantes (France). Anusha is passionate about innovation, sustainability and STEM initiatives, and champions these in both professional and personal capacity.

Abstract: National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) owns approx. 22,000 steel lattice towers which, together with overhead line conductors, carry power across our electricity transmission network in England and Wales. These towers undergo structural deterioration through corrosion and require periodic visual assessment of their condition to plan interventions such as re-painting, partial or full replacements. We currently inspect around 3650 towers annually through helicopter surveys and manual assessment of captured imagery. This talk covers the enhancements we’ve made to our existing condition assessment practice through the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) funded project: Visual Inspection and Condition Assessment Platform for OHL Steelwork (VICAP). This project trailed semi-autonomous drone flights for data capture along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for data processing and has successfully automated the condition assessment of steelwork on transmission towers. This unique meshing of cutting-edge technologies enables us to inspect our network in an optimal, safe and resource efficient manner while adapting our asset management practices to an ever-increasing tower fleet.

Peter Dudfield

Peter Dudfield

Job Title: Head of Technology at Open Climate Fix

Presentation Title: Solar Nowcasting with Satellite Imagery using Machine Learning

Brief Biography: Peter is Head of Technology at Open Climate Fix, and where one of the main projects is to build a solar forecast for NG ESO. He started his career with Siemens Wind power mainly working on a ML image recognition project. He then joined Habitat Energy and helped bring over hundreds of MW of batteries into live market operations.

Abstract: Solar energy is predicted to be the largest form of power generation globally by 2040 and having accurate real-time forecasts is critical to anticipating power production. Unlike fossil fuels, renewable energies are unpredictable in terms of power generation from one hour to the next. In order to balance the grid, operators need an accurate daily estimate of when and how much PV and other renewable energies will be generated. Open Climate Fix (OCF) is an open-source (OS) AI company using machine learning (ML) to respond to the need for accurate renewable energy forecasts. Connecting energy industry practitioners with ML researchers doing cutting-edge modelling is our aim, and one way we seek to do this is by making much of our code open source ( In the energy space, OCF’s first focus is on solar nowcasting (short-term forecasting). Our main deep learning model takes in real-time PV data, numeric weather predictions, satellite images, as well as regional grid data, and outputs probabilistic solar electricity nowcasts for solar production systems in the UK. What makes our approach unique is teaching cloud dynamics to the model using satellite data. OCF’s 36-hour forecast, Quartz Solar, is currently used by National Grid, the UK grid operator, as a decision-making tool in their control room. Building on this forecast, we are working on a new open-source model, Quartz Solar OS, that we want everyone, not just grid operators, to be able to use.

Diptargha Chakravorty

Diptargha Chakravorty

Job Title: Head of Innovation at TNEI

Presentation Title: Bias Traps in AI

Brief Biography: Dr. Diptargha Chakravorty is a leading figure in the energy industry’s transition towards a more sustainable future. As Head of Innovation at TNEI, he leverages his experience of over 10 years as an electrical engineer to drive innovation and research. Dr Chakravorty has a distinguished record as a principal investigator in numerous projects. He fosters close collaboration with network operators, offshore wind developers, and government departments to translate research into real-world applications. Passionate about supporting the industry’s energy transition, Dr Chakravorty actively collaborates with universities across the UK and Europe. He is a thought leader who offers valuable guidance to policymakers through his participation in international working groups, including CIGRE, the International Smart Grid Actions Network, and the Global Power System Transformation Consortium.

Abstract: AI automation holds immense potential to streamline processes, improve efficiency, and enhance our lives. However, it also raises a host of ethical concerns that must be understood and carefully addressed such as Bias and Fairness. Bias in algorithms and models, or in the input data, can perpetuate through the process, leading to unintentional but discriminatory outcomes. The goal of this presentation is to introduce the challenges associated with data driven methods and discuss the principles and mitigation methods for developing fair and accountable algorithms.

Arron Hutchinson


Job Title: Education Training Director at ADHD Foundation

Brief Introduction about ADHD Foundation:  The ADHD Foundation is the leading UK charity for neurodiversity, dedicated to supporting those with conditions like ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia throughout their lives.  It aims to improve life opportunities by advocating for social change, removing barriers in health, education, and employment for neurodiverse people. Embracing a vision where neurodiversity is seen as a strength, the Foundation champions a strength-based approach, recognizing the talents and employability of the neurodiverse while addressing potential disadvantages.

Brief Biography: Arron Hutchinson is the Education Training Director for the ADHD Foundation – The Neurodiversity Charity. Following a five-year teaching career, Arron joined the ADHD Foundation to deliver high-quality CPD for educational professionals on how best to support neurodiverse children and young people in the classroom. Arron’s work also includes the delivery of therapeutic interventions for children and young people with a variety of needs, whether they have a diagnosis or not.