Aidan Downes
Head of Client Solutions, GridBeyond

Intelligent Energy Management – A Way to Advance Decarbonisation and Secure a Sustainable Future Whilst Delivering Financial Benefits for Businesses

The Energy Transition is upon us! Legally binding net-zero targets, combined with a strong social pressure to move away from fossil fuels, create both challenges and significant opportunities for the energy intensive aluminium sector. As grid operators work to increase the integration of renewables in the energy mix, they count on large energy users to become more active participants of the energy markets and provide additional flexibility to the network.

This presentation will discuss the ways in which aluminium businesses can benefit from the transitioning energy markets and how advanced AI-powered energy technologies improve business sustainability, green credentials and operational resilience. All whilst generating substantial savings, new streams of revenue and without any capital expenditure or impact on the production processes. The participants will learn about grid ancillary services, the optimisation of the on-site load, generation and energy storage assets, and how machine learning technologies and robotic trading help businesses manage price volatility.


Aidan is electrically qualified with experience across several industries. Since joining GridBeyond in 2017, Aidan has managed the customer facing technical team in designing technical solutions, developing proposals and overseeing project delivery in the UK, US, and Irish markets.

Prior to joining GridBeyond, Aidan spent years working as a field / project engineer for Rockwell Automation both in the UK and Ireland delivering automated solutions across all the different industrial sectors. Aidan developed extensive practical experience programming PLC’s, configuring VSD’s and commissioning bespoke solutions to a wide range of clients.

Aidan is electrically qualified with a background in the Aggregates industry. He has a BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering with Edinburgh Napier University and a Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Management & Marketing from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Aidan is also Prince 2 certified.