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Helen Skelton finds out how we’re all part of one of the most incredible revolutions in human history.

As the UK leads the charge towards net zero emissions, Helen unpacks the jargon and meets inspiring people who are using tech, science and smart thinking to help tackle climate change through the energy we use.

National Grid has a crucial role to play, as it supplies energy to home across the UK and the Northeast United States. That means they’re at the heart of connecting all of us to a green future.

From the gas and electricity we use in our homes and offices to factories, shops, schools, hospitals and transport – the energy we use to fuel our everyday life is getting greener and cleaner.

In this series we’ll find out:

What is already happening to make the energy we use to power our lives greener and cleaner in the race to tackle climate change?

What part can we all play as individuals, businesses and nations, to help make this happen for the good of our planet?

And why is innovation in the way we provide and use energy offering new hope?

Don’t worry if you’re not up on your tech or science either, Helen and the experts will be explaining all those terms we hear bandied about on the TV, news and parliament, making this series your definitive guide to the net zero energy transition.

Are you ready?

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Helen Skelton finds out how we’re all part of one of the most incredible revolutions in human history.

As the UK leads the charge towards net zero emissions, Helen unpacks the jargon and meets inspiring people who are using tech, science and smart thinking to help tackle climate change through the energy we use.

National Grid has a crucial role to play, as it supplies energy to home across the UK and the Northeast United States. That means they’re at the heart of connecting all of us to a green future.

From the gas and electricity we use in our homes and offices to factories, shops, schools, hospitals and transport – the energy we use to fuel our everyday life is getting greener and cleaner.

In this series we’ll find out:

What is already happening to make the energy we use to power our lives greener and cleaner in the race to tackle climate change?

What part can we all play as individuals, businesses and nations, to help make this happen for the good of our planet?

And why is innovation in the way we provide and use energy offering new hope?

Don’t worry if you’re not up on your tech or science either, Helen and the experts will be explaining all those terms we hear bandied about on the TV, news and parliament, making this series your definitive guide to the net zero energy transition.

Are you ready?

    A Hydrogen Revolution: Is Hydrogen Our Future?

    A Hydrogen Revolution: Is Hydrogen Our Future?

    This time on The Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Helen Skelton is looking at the future of energy - and in particular, hydrogen. 

    Of course, hydrogen is just one of the energy options for the future, albeit a very important one. National Grid is working to explore lots of options and it's all about finding is the right mix that will be safe, affordable and fair for everyone, whether in industry, businesses or homes. 

    But what’s all the fuss about with hydrogen? What’s it’s potential for our future energy supply and decarbonising gas supply? And what innovations are taking place right now to get to that point? 

    Helen is joined in the studio by the CEO of ITM Dr Graham Cooley, Dr Chris Manson-Whitton from Progressive Energy, Prof Zoe Robinson and a number of experts from National Grid to find out.

    Find out more:

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/hydrogen-future-fuel-achieve-net-zero 

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas-transmission/insight-and-innovation/transmission-innovation/futuregrid 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH-c_UhUY_Q 

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas-transmission/document/133841/download 

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/energy-explained/what-is-hydrogen 

    https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/gw9zt4rec70rrqewj2gpf/Hydrogen-Production-Teaching-Pack.pptx?dl=0&rlkey=rsag2biome4gcm2qah132isdf 

    https://www.keele.ac.uk/sustainable-futures/ourchallengethemes/providingcleanenergyreducingcarbonemissions/hydeploy/ 

    https://www.itm-power.com/about 

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    • 37 min
    Driving A Transport Revolution

    Driving A Transport Revolution

    This time on The Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Helen Skelton is looking at how transport is changing on the journey to net zero.

    Many of us who rely on cars and vans day-to-day are getting ready for an electric future, but what about the impact of aviation and shipping on the UK’s carbon footprint?

    Whilst electrifying vehicles may be one clever option, there are loads of brilliant ideas and innovations happening to help get carbon emissions out of the transport sector for good.

    Helen’s finding out about a few of the options on the table, and busting some myths along the way!

    Across the UK, millions of people are living in areas where air quality is poor and the impact on health and life expectancy is impacted badly. Andrea Lee from Client Earth talks to Helen about why we urgently we need to clean up air pollution from fossil-fuel-burning vehicles.

    Helen puts National Grid’s Graeme Cooper in the hotseat to answer common questions about electric vehicles. Feel free to arm yourself with these facts to look like the smartest person at the pub quiz tonight.

    Julia Gold works for National Grid in the United States and she joins Helen to discuss rolling out green tech across the Northeast States (and taking everyone in society along for the ride).

    Ever heard of air taxis, or wondered when we’ll be flying electric? We’ll hear from Rolls Royce’s Mattheu Parr on the next big shake up in the skies. Plus hear about their world-record-breaking attempt on board the Spirit of Innovation electric aircraft this Summer.

    Plus, if you’re curious about why ports could offer some of the biggest, smartest solutions in green energy yet, listen to what Maritime UK’s Ben Murray and Mark Simmonds from British Ports have to say about decarbonising the maritime sector – and everything it’s connected to!

    Find out more:

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/future-transport-driving-change-next-10-years

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/group/documents/142791-decabonisation-transport-supplemental-pack

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-ten-point-plan-for-a-green-industrial-revolution/title

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    • 38 min
    A Revolution At Our Fingertips: How Renewable Energy Can Be Fair, Safe And Affordable

    A Revolution At Our Fingertips: How Renewable Energy Can Be Fair, Safe And Affordable

    In The Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Helen Skelton finds out how we’re all part of one of the most incredible revolutions in human history.

    Helen’s starting by unravelling the jargon that surrounds the decarbonisation of energy and the path to net zero.
    What does net zero mean?
    Why is 2021 and COP26 so important in tackling climate change
    How does our energy network run?
    Who’s making sure we have power 24/7, 365 days a week?

    We’ll go behind the scenes at the Electricity System Operator control room to find out how the weather, temperature and our behaviour are predicted and provided for by expert operators.

    National Grid’s Duncan Burt and Sustainability First’s Sharon Darcy explain why it’s vital to make sure nobody gets left behind as our power switches to green, clean sources. They’re chatting to Helen about equality in energy and why communities and workers all have a vital role to play in the future of clean energy.

    ESO Chief Engineer Julian Leslie gives Helen a speed physics lesson as he explains the technical brilliance that keeps our lights on. We’ll also meet some of the innovative minds behind the technology that’s going to make sure our renewable energy system is stable and efficient in the future.

    What is a rotating stabiliser? What’s the next big milestone in the energy transition? You’ll have the answers in the next 35 minutes – and maybe a few more questions too!

    Find out more:

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/working-smarter-get-net-zero

    https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/stories/journey-to-net-zero/future-home-heating-net-zero-uk

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-ten-point-plan-for-a-green-industrial-revolution/title

     

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    • 33 min
    The Clean Energy Revolution Trailer

    The Clean Energy Revolution Trailer

    Helen Skelton finds out how we’re all part of one of the most incredible revolutions in human history.

    As the UK leads the charge towards net zero emissions, Helen unpacks the jargon and meets inspiring people who are using tech, science and smart thinking to help tackle climate change through the energy we use.

    National Grid has a crucial role to play, as it supplies energy to home across the UK and the Northeast United States. That means they’re at the heart of connecting all of us to a green future.

    From the gas and electricity we use in our homes and offices to factories, shops, schools, hospitals and transport – the energy we use to fuel our everyday life is getting greener and cleaner.

    In this series we’ll find out:

    What is already happening to make the energy we use to power our lives greener and cleaner in the race to tackle climate change?

    What part can we all play as individuals, businesses and nations, to help make this happen for the good of our planet?

    And why is innovation in the way we provide and use energy offering new hope?

    Don’t worry if you’re not up on your tech or science either, Helen and the experts will be explaining all those terms we hear bandied about on the TV, news and parliament, making this series your definitive guide to the net zero energy transition.

    Are you ready?

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 4 min

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