Heat: the forgotten word in renewable energy

In-person and virtual event

Wednesday, 17th of August at 8:30 am    

The fully electric Brim Explorer Boat, Arendal

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Heat: the forgotten word in renewable energy


Put your finger on something made without heat, we dare you! While the transport sector uses 35% of all energy, the production of heat for any purpose consumes half of all energy used by humans. Half! And almost entirely produced  from fossil sources, resulting in 40% of the total CO2 emission. If you have a material and want to turn it into something else, you will use heat. This is a problem you cannot stop. There is no vegan choice for heat. You cannot escape into the bus lane with your electric car, and there’s no railway option for the flight. You’re in it. Almost everything is made using heat. However, we never talk about it. So why should we? 

Recently the Norwegian government launched their “Grønt Industriløft”. One of the most important challenges - heat - wasn’t mentioned with a word. Even though ⅔ of the energy demand from the industry is heat, not electricity. The result? The Norwegian energy transition will go slower, at best. This is about what energy is used for, and using the right technology to fill the need fast. It is impossible to talk about decarbonizing the industry without talking about heat. And a heat problem is most efficiently solved using a heat solution. We need to electrify industrial process heat with renewable energy, and to do that we also need to be able to store the energy as heat.



The Long Duration Energy Storage Council (LDES) and Kyoto Group will co-host the event, with guest speakers from McKinsey: "Heat: the forgotten word in renewable energy" at Arendalsuka on August 17 at 8:30 am at the fully electrical boat Brim Explorer. The event will also be held virtually. Eivind Reiten (Chairman of Kyoto Group and former Minister of Petroleum and Oil in Norway), and virtual guest speaker Godart van Gendt (Senior Expert at McKinsey & Company), will participate in the discussion.


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The agenda for the morning:

  • 08:15 am: The boat opens for  guests

  • 08.30 am: Introduction of the topic and panel members

  • 08.40 am: Presentation by Kyoto Group

  • 08.50 am:  Presentation by LDES /McKinsey (virtual)

  • 09.00 am: Panel discussion

  • 09.15 am: Closing

If you would like to ask any questions to the panel, please send them to We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

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  • Who: Kyoto, LDES & McKinsey

  • What: In-person and virtual discussion: "Heat: the forgotten word in renewable energy"

  • Time: Wednesday, August 17th at 8:30 am CEST

  • Where: The fully electrical boat Brim Explorer, Arendal, and live stream


Camilla Nilsson



Eivind Reiten


(form. Minister of Energy and CEO of Norsk Hydro)

Godart van Gendt


(co-author of the article "Net Zero Heat; is it too hot to handle?")

Lars M. Holand



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