New Energy Chinwag

New Energy Chinwag

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chinwag: noun. “a long and pleasant conversation between friends” [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


What happened at Round 4 Bidders Day?
Oct 10 • 21 min
Yesterday, Charley attended the Round 4 Bidders Day at the Crown Estate in London. If that sentence makes little sense to you, then what it means is he was getting up-to-the-minute insight into how the process for the next tranches of UK offshore wind…
The Grid: what is it and how is it changing?
Oct 7 • 53 min
Regular listeners will know that ‘the grid’ pops up regularly in any of our conversations about the transitioning power system: it’s key to renewable power project development, impacting costs, land use, permitting and a variety of other key issues.…
Exciting Times for Offshore Wind!
Sep 26 • 35 min
We return to one of our core subjects for this week’s podcast: offshore wind. It’s particularly timely in the week that the latest UK government auction saw bidders winning contracts at prices below those projected to be prevailing in the market at their…
Hybrid Renewable Power Projects
Sep 16 • 51 min
Rather than build just a wind project (or just a solar project, or a battery project), doesn’t it make more sense to build hybrid renewable power projects? Why not take advantage of shared infrastructure and land, and combine multiple technologies to…
Transport: Electric or Hydrogen (or both)?
Sep 6 • 52 min
The energy world is sometimes prone to debates where two sides of an argument take up entrenched, ‘winner takes all’ positions. One example of this at the moment is the discussion around electric vehicles: in particular, will the electricity to power…
What we’ve been up to on our travels…
Aug 22 • 42 min
For this week’s podcast we review some of the key themes that have come up in the course of our recent work activities, which has encompassed a range of things from teaching a Filipino coal power plant operator about solar power, to meeting an investment…
Renewable Heat in the UK
Jun 29 • 38 min
In the week that the UK put into legislation its target to be “net zero” by 2050, we had a chat about the options for renewable heat. After all, without decarbonising heat, there is no chance of coming close to that target - heat in northern climates such…
The UK Energy Scene (Our wrap-up from “All-Energy” May 2019)
Jun 21 • 42 min
In May, we visited the All-Energy show in Glasgow, UK. It’s just about the biggest clean energy show here in the UK, so a good event to catch the mood of the industry and hear what they are talking about. Regular listeners will have already listened to…
Offshore Wind: what does the future hold?
May 6 • 41 min
In this, the week that a parliamentary committee recommended that the UK set a target for the country to be zero-carbon by 2050, we focus on offshore wind. Without a vast increase in our usage of the latter, such a target stands no chance of being…
All-Energy 2019 (Glasgow): here’s what we’d like to hear about
Apr 18 • 28 min
Both John Massey and Charley Rattan (together, Astute New Energy) will be at the All-Energy conference and exhibition again in Glasgow, in the middle of May. In this New Energy Chinwag, we chat about the kind of topics we’re going there hoping to find out…
Energy and the “Internet of Things”
Apr 18 • 42 min
In this episode, Charley Rattan & John Massey chat about the growth of connected energy, smart grid, energy Internet of Things (IoT) - call it what you will… What does this actually mean, what impacts might it have on the industry and on energy users, and…
Why’s everyone talking about Hydrogen?
Mar 7 • 36 min
There’s recently been lots of talk recently about the role of hydrogen in decarbonising energy systems. So, is the “hydrogen economy” back on the agenda? If so, how will hydrogen be produced and for which applications? Is it really low-carbon? In this…
Offshore wind… onshore
Feb 25 • 32 min
Most discussions around offshore wind focus on giant turbines, fixing foundations to the seabed and fancy cable-laying vessels. So it’s easy to forget that all that offshore work is pointless without also delivering those crucial aspects of an offshore…
Welcome to Astute’s “New Energy Chinwag” podcast!
Feb 16 • 45 min
The first podcast from Charley Rattan and John Massey, who together are “Astute New Energy”. In this episode we have a general chat about the differing fortunes of offshore wind and nuclear power here in the UK. Both provide important sources of low…