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New Energy Chinwag

17 EpisodesProduced by John Massey & Charley RattanWebsite

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

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Is there a future for Wave & Tidal Energy?

November 15th, 2019


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 …

Implications of the UK's fracking 'ban'

November 7th, 2019


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 …

Floating Wind

October 27th, 2019


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 …

What happened at Round 4 Bidders Day?

October 10th, 2019


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 …

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

October 7th, 2019


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 …

Exciting Times for Offshore Wind!

September 26th, 2019


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 …

Hybrid Renewable Power Projects

September 16th, 2019


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 …

Transport: Electric or Hydrogen (or both)?

September 6th, 2019


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 …

What we've been up to on our travels...

August 22nd, 2019


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 …

Renewable Heat in the UK

June 29th, 2019


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 …

The UK Energy Scene (Our wrap-up from "All-Energy" May 2019)

June 21st, 2019


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 …

Offshore Wind: what does the future hold?

May 6th, 2019


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 …

All-Energy 2019 (Glasgow): here's what we'd like to hear about

April 18th, 2019


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 …

Energy and the "Internet of Things"

April 18th, 2019


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 …

Why's everyone talking about Hydrogen?

March 7th, 2019


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 …

Offshore wind... onshore

February 25th, 2019


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 …

Welcome to Astute's "New Energy Chinwag" podcast!

February 16th, 2019


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 …

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