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[example: "We had a good chinwag over a bottle of wine..."]
Informal but Informative - your guide to issues around the UK and global clean energy transition
Clusters: why the rising interest?
Across the various clean energy topics we track and talk about, a common theme has been emerging recently - a focus on the importance of particular geographic clusters.
So we spend forty minutes chatting about why this might be: why clusters matter, what the advantages of clustering might be and how they might emerge within the clean energy landscape.
Offshore Wind: Unpacking the Latest UK Leasing Auctions
The UK has big plans for offshore wind, but the past few weeks has seen a few headwinds - unwanted ones!
High leasing prices, leasing round delays and planning permission court battles - all these have raised their heads recently, to the consternation of some industry observers. We round up some of the key developments and analyse what they might mean for the industry. Are these bumps in the road or evidence of a change in route? Is it right to worry, or do some of these outcomes simply reflect the success of a fast-growing sector?
'Hard to Decarbonise': what & how?
There is much talk at the moment about 'hard to decarbonise' areas of the economy: those which must be tackled too, in the race towards zero carbon targets. But what are they and what might be the options?
In this first podcast of 2021, we cover the broad scope of topics in trying to make sense of this current discussion.
Our "Six Picks" from the 2020 new energy landscape
In our final episode of 2020, we both brought along three 'picks' from this year's clean energy activity.
They don't necessarily reflect the stories that made the biggest headlines or even the most exciting individual news items. Instead we arrived at an eclectic mix of items, some important in themselves but, more interestingly, all exemplify some of the fundamental and disruptive changes that we are seeing in the energy landscape. They range from India to the Gulf of Mexico and from grid balancing to floating wind.
We hope you enjoy the listen, and the holiday season ahead. See you next year!
The UK's 'Ten Point Plan' for a new Industrial Revolution
This week the UK Prime Minister announced a bold vision for the future of UK energy; one with potentially transformative impacts on not only energy but on the country's wider economic activities too.
We cast our eye over the various points and targets it contains, discussing whether they are surprising or not, what might be new and how the plan may progress and turn out in reality.
Examining biofuels, with Ryan Lamberg
In the excitement over electric vehicles, hydrogen and other 'hot' topics in decarbonisation, it can be easy to overlook the role that biofuels have played in replacing fossil fuel usage. Not without controversy of course, the political and perceptual fortunes of the sector have varied over both time and geography.
In this episode we talk to Ryan Lamberg, an alternative fuels and transportation consultant who has worked as a sustainability and technical consultant with the National Biodiesel Board (a trade association of U.S. Biomass based diesel producers) for over a decade.
In a fascinating discussion, we talk about sustainability, scale, competition and various other issues - in particular based on the US experience in this still-important sector.