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John Massey & Charley Rattan

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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

Latest Episodes

Can cleantech be 'clean', if it isn't also 'circular'?

One of the many sustainability issues gaining more coverage these days is the idea of a 'circular economy'. With critics warning that the clean energy sector risks piling up mountains of end-of life turbine blades, solar panels and EV batteries, we discuss what the circular economy might mean. Why it should matter to companies - particularly in cleantech - and what influences might bring it to fruition? Does it just mean extra hassle and cost for product producers, or are there opportunities for innovators in there too?

44 MIN2 w ago
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Can cleantech be 'clean', if it isn't also 'circular'?

Clean Energy: the view from California

For this exciting new 'international' episode, we were delighted to have a guest expert join us: Lincoln Bleveans, Assistant General Manager for Power Supply at Burbank Water & Power in the Los Angeles area of California. As always on New Energy Chinwag, we covered a lot of ground and a lot of different topics! Given our guest, it's no surprise that the focus was on what has, is and will be happening in the clean energy world in (and around) California. California is a market that matters greatly to the development of this industry. Not only is it a leading market in this particular sector but it's a big one in global economic terms too: according to figures published by the IMF and others in 2019, it's now the 5th biggest economy in the world on a GDP basis - that's bigger than the UK! So, like us, we're sure you'll be hugely interested in Lincoln's view of the energy space there.

54 MIN3 w ago
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Clean Energy: the view from California

The Clean Energy Transition, GeoPolitics & Trade

The clean energy transition is usually couched in terms of technologies, energy mixes, carbon impacts and other such numbers. However if we change where we source our energy, we inevitably change the trade flows and politics and geopolitics of energy too. So, to start 2020, we decided to have a chinwag on some of the issues involved and likely to arise. The implications for different countries could be very profound, changing spheres of influence, import/export patterns and energy security considerations. As with any system, there will be winners and losers. Hopefully we raise some thought-provoking issues and ideas!

38 MINJAN 17
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The Clean Energy Transition, GeoPolitics & Trade

SIx Highlights from 2019

For our last podcast of 2019, we decided to pick and explain our six highlights - three each - from our perspective here in the UK energy market. From plunging battery costs to policy certainty and subsidy-free wind to industrial strategy, we hope they strike a chord with you too. Naturally, there are plenty of other items we could have picked and we'd love to hear where you agree, where you don't and what your own would be. In the meantime, happy listening and see you again in 2020!

49 MIN2019 DEC 13
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SIx Highlights from 2019

Hydrogen revisited: the end-of-year update

Back in March of this year, we chatted for the first time about hydrogen. Since then it's been a year of strategies, roadmaps and reports - there seems to be a new one every week. The industry is awash with 'momentum'. But is this all talk, or has there been action on hydrogen since we last discussed it? Are we starting to see signs that hydrogen is set to take off in 2020 and if so, in which applications and market sectors?

48 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Hydrogen revisited: the end-of-year update

Is there a future for Wave & Tidal Energy?

In this episode we discuss those other two "offshore" energy sources: wave and tidal energy. A few years ago there seemed to be much excitement about their prospects, but despite various technical trials and innovations, few actual projects have materialised. Why is that and how might things change? It's fair to say that we arrive at a fairly downbeat view of both wave and tidal, albeit with some ideas of niches they could exploit. However, new proposals for marine energy projects do continue to appear, so we always reserve the right to be wrong!

45 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Is there a future for Wave & Tidal Energy?

Implications of the UK's fracking 'ban'

Fracking has, at least for the moment, ground to a halt here in the UK. For a variety of reasons from earthquakes to election politics, the government has decided to withdraw its support from the nascent industry. Remember though, that natural gas accounts for over 40% of UK electricity generation and the vast majority of its heat supply. So in this episode we discuss the background to this change of policy, plus the implications it has for the UK market - not least the opportunities for alternatives which could replace natural gas in the energy mix. It's a discussion that touches on a wide variety of issues, from stakeholder engagement and project planning to geopolitics, trade deals, renewable power and alternative gases.

44 MIN2019 NOV 7
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Implications of the UK's fracking 'ban'

Floating Wind

In this week's episode we look specifically at floating wind. The term 'game-changer' is one which is vastly over-used in the clean energy sector, but are floating wind turbines worthy of that tag? Will they open up entirely new project locations compared to fixed foundations, or will they start to compete in areas where fixed solutions have thus far ruled? Will they open up entirely new offshore energy applications, beyond those possible with today's technology? And, crucially, how far away are they and what are the practical hurdles which could slow down their implementation? We address all these questions and more, in one of our most forward-looking and thought-provoking podcasts to date!

45 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Floating Wind

What happened at Round 4 Bidders Day?

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 licensing is going to work. Where will future growth be happening, who's interested in it and how will they get their licences? So if you're interested in UK offshore wind, then this - one of our shorter podcasts - is a great short update into how that growth story is set to continue going forwards.

21 MIN2019 OCT 10
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What happened at Round 4 Bidders Day?

The Grid: what is it and how is it changing?

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. Without a grid connection, a project can't sell its production (unless it plans to be private wire or entirely off-grid, selling to a specific customer base rather than into the wider market). So it was high time we had a proper chat about the grid, discussing what it is, how it's developing and even getting into issues of ownership and long-term planning. Enjoy!

53 MIN2019 OCT 7
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The Grid: what is it and how is it changing?

Latest Episodes

Can cleantech be 'clean', if it isn't also 'circular'?

One of the many sustainability issues gaining more coverage these days is the idea of a 'circular economy'. With critics warning that the clean energy sector risks piling up mountains of end-of life turbine blades, solar panels and EV batteries, we discuss what the circular economy might mean. Why it should matter to companies - particularly in cleantech - and what influences might bring it to fruition? Does it just mean extra hassle and cost for product producers, or are there opportunities for innovators in there too?

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Can cleantech be 'clean', if it isn't also 'circular'?

Clean Energy: the view from California

For this exciting new 'international' episode, we were delighted to have a guest expert join us: Lincoln Bleveans, Assistant General Manager for Power Supply at Burbank Water & Power in the Los Angeles area of California. As always on New Energy Chinwag, we covered a lot of ground and a lot of different topics! Given our guest, it's no surprise that the focus was on what has, is and will be happening in the clean energy world in (and around) California. California is a market that matters greatly to the development of this industry. Not only is it a leading market in this particular sector but it's a big one in global economic terms too: according to figures published by the IMF and others in 2019, it's now the 5th biggest economy in the world on a GDP basis - that's bigger than the UK! So, like us, we're sure you'll be hugely interested in Lincoln's view of the energy space there.

54 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Clean Energy: the view from California

The Clean Energy Transition, GeoPolitics & Trade

The clean energy transition is usually couched in terms of technologies, energy mixes, carbon impacts and other such numbers. However if we change where we source our energy, we inevitably change the trade flows and politics and geopolitics of energy too. So, to start 2020, we decided to have a chinwag on some of the issues involved and likely to arise. The implications for different countries could be very profound, changing spheres of influence, import/export patterns and energy security considerations. As with any system, there will be winners and losers. Hopefully we raise some thought-provoking issues and ideas!

38 MINJAN 17
Comments
The Clean Energy Transition, GeoPolitics & Trade

SIx Highlights from 2019

For our last podcast of 2019, we decided to pick and explain our six highlights - three each - from our perspective here in the UK energy market. From plunging battery costs to policy certainty and subsidy-free wind to industrial strategy, we hope they strike a chord with you too. Naturally, there are plenty of other items we could have picked and we'd love to hear where you agree, where you don't and what your own would be. In the meantime, happy listening and see you again in 2020!

49 MIN2019 DEC 13
Comments
SIx Highlights from 2019

Hydrogen revisited: the end-of-year update

Back in March of this year, we chatted for the first time about hydrogen. Since then it's been a year of strategies, roadmaps and reports - there seems to be a new one every week. The industry is awash with 'momentum'. But is this all talk, or has there been action on hydrogen since we last discussed it? Are we starting to see signs that hydrogen is set to take off in 2020 and if so, in which applications and market sectors?

48 MIN2019 DEC 4
Comments
Hydrogen revisited: the end-of-year update

Is there a future for Wave & Tidal Energy?

In this episode we discuss those other two "offshore" energy sources: wave and tidal energy. A few years ago there seemed to be much excitement about their prospects, but despite various technical trials and innovations, few actual projects have materialised. Why is that and how might things change? It's fair to say that we arrive at a fairly downbeat view of both wave and tidal, albeit with some ideas of niches they could exploit. However, new proposals for marine energy projects do continue to appear, so we always reserve the right to be wrong!

45 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Is there a future for Wave & Tidal Energy?

Implications of the UK's fracking 'ban'

Fracking has, at least for the moment, ground to a halt here in the UK. For a variety of reasons from earthquakes to election politics, the government has decided to withdraw its support from the nascent industry. Remember though, that natural gas accounts for over 40% of UK electricity generation and the vast majority of its heat supply. So in this episode we discuss the background to this change of policy, plus the implications it has for the UK market - not least the opportunities for alternatives which could replace natural gas in the energy mix. It's a discussion that touches on a wide variety of issues, from stakeholder engagement and project planning to geopolitics, trade deals, renewable power and alternative gases.

44 MIN2019 NOV 7
Comments
Implications of the UK's fracking 'ban'

Floating Wind

In this week's episode we look specifically at floating wind. The term 'game-changer' is one which is vastly over-used in the clean energy sector, but are floating wind turbines worthy of that tag? Will they open up entirely new project locations compared to fixed foundations, or will they start to compete in areas where fixed solutions have thus far ruled? Will they open up entirely new offshore energy applications, beyond those possible with today's technology? And, crucially, how far away are they and what are the practical hurdles which could slow down their implementation? We address all these questions and more, in one of our most forward-looking and thought-provoking podcasts to date!

45 MIN2019 OCT 28
Comments
Floating Wind

What happened at Round 4 Bidders Day?

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 licensing is going to work. Where will future growth be happening, who's interested in it and how will they get their licences? So if you're interested in UK offshore wind, then this - one of our shorter podcasts - is a great short update into how that growth story is set to continue going forwards.

21 MIN2019 OCT 10
Comments
What happened at Round 4 Bidders Day?

The Grid: what is it and how is it changing?

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. Without a grid connection, a project can't sell its production (unless it plans to be private wire or entirely off-grid, selling to a specific customer base rather than into the wider market). So it was high time we had a proper chat about the grid, discussing what it is, how it's developing and even getting into issues of ownership and long-term planning. Enjoy!

53 MIN2019 OCT 7
Comments
The Grid: what is it and how is it changing?
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