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Tea, tennis and timing – the secrets of keeping the lights on | Chris Grainger | TEDxClapham
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Added Aug 2, 2016
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How can we turn on a light whenever and wherever we want? Behind the scenes thousands of people work on that question all the time, predicting the world’s supply and demand traits from years in advance down to the very last seconds. Chris Grainger presents a snapshot into the world of energy forecasting, how British habits of soap operas and tea drinking make it harder, and the balancing act at the UK National Grid Control Centre.

Chris is practice lead for spatial energy
modelling at award winning engineering
firm BuroHappold. His focus is on modelling
future economic and sustainability
challenges at a city scale. Chris currently
leads smart city research projects for the
Greater London Authority, National Grid
and NYC Mayor’s Office, tackling future
CO2 reductions through increased community
energy infrastructure

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