17 episodes

An informal look at the net zero challenges facing us as a nation. Phil and Jonathan chat with various leaders from academia, technology developers, project developers etc on interesting and challenging topics facing society as we decarbonise our economy. The podcast is sponsored by Apollo.

What On Earth‪!‬ Jonathan White (Apollo) and Phil Westmorland (Apollo)

    • Business

An informal look at the net zero challenges facing us as a nation. Phil and Jonathan chat with various leaders from academia, technology developers, project developers etc on interesting and challenging topics facing society as we decarbonise our economy. The podcast is sponsored by Apollo.

    Engineering, Circularity and Sustainability

    Engineering, Circularity and Sustainability

    In the first edition of What On Earth! Phil and Jonathan chatted with Chris McMahon of Bristol University on the challenges of sustainability and a circular economy from an engineering perspective. Can we engineer ourselves out of the net zero challenge with continued human ingenuity? Or have we reached the peak of incremental change that has now created complex systems and processes which now heighten our circularity challenges. Learn about Jevons paradox and the multi-polar trap that explain our current challenges as society and possibly add a few titles to your reading list!

    • 37 min
    Poultry, Process Optimisation and Performance

    Poultry, Process Optimisation and Performance

    Or The Phil Westmorland Interview! Over A Barrel welcomes our new co-host Phil Westmorland. In this episode we understand what makes Phil tick;  his background and work at Apollo. We explore what shaped him growing up on a chicken farm and draw parallels from these experiences to his work today as Apollo's Decarbonisation Director.
    This will be the last episode under the Over A Barrel format as we seek to embrace the net zero challenge nationally across the UK and the opportunities and challenges this presents. More of that in next episode. Watch this space!

    • 27 min
    FLOW: Go or No Go (A postcard from FOW23)

    FLOW: Go or No Go (A postcard from FOW23)

    A slightly different tack in this episode where Jonathan sends us a “postcard” from FOW2023 in Aberdeen, the exhibition and conference dedicated to floating offshore wind. Hot on the heels of that iconic gathering of Offshore Europe, Jonathan attempts to unpick the challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry. He speaks to government, developers and supply chain to understand different perspectives in order to understand the opportunity and whether the stumbling block of AR5 is a bump or a hurdle in the road ahead. Thanks to Steve Jermy from Celtic Sea Power and Cornwall LEP, Simon Cheeseman from OREC, Alex Gauntt from Cierco, Graham Foster from Marine Power Systems and Nigel Robinson from Apollo.

    • 42 min
    Rewilding the Energy Sector

    Rewilding the Energy Sector

    In this episode we chat to the former head of the North Sea Transition Authority,  Andy Samuel.  Andy gives us his now unfettered view from the coastal hills of Devon. We explore what seem some of the insurmountable challenges to the sector and with Andy’s insight and knowledge from his period at the NSTA provides us some hope and direction for the energy industry. Topics such as asset electrification, hydrogen and the use of the North Sea as a long term store for carbon dioxide are discussed. Great insight, knowledge and comment from an exceptional industry leader.

    • 38 min
    Go With The FLOW: A Developers Perspective

    Go With The FLOW: A Developers Perspective

    In this episode Stuart and Jonathan talk with Sian Lloyd Rees, UK Managing Director for Mainstream Renewable Power. The discussion explores the challenges and opportunities facing the offshore wind industry and how Sian’s previous experience in oil and gas and software is helping her shape her approach for the sector. UK wide opportunities are explored along with potential skill shortages along with the energy transition opportunities for areas like Aberdeen. Sian gives her honest and interesting insights as a senior executive moving within the energy sector. 

    • 34 min
    The Answer is Blowin' in the Offshore Wind

    The Answer is Blowin' in the Offshore Wind

    In this episode, Jonathan chats with Simon Cheeseman, Sector Lead at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult about the activity and opportunities in the emerging floating offshore wind (FLOW) market in the UK. 
    After ScotWind the Celtic Sea offers the potential of 24GW of capacity to be leased by The Crown Estate, starting this year. 
    The parallels between the floating oil and gas sector and FLOW are strong and there is a significant potential transfer of the expertise and knowledge from oil and gas into the sector.
     Learn about the scale of the opportunities and how to access them. 

    • 30 min

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