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New Energy Chinwag

43 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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Clusters: why the rising interest?

April 5th, 2021


Across the various clean energy topics we track and talk about, a common theme has been emerging recently - a focus on the importance of particular …

Offshore Wind: Unpacking the Latest UK Leasing Auctions

February 22nd, 2021


The UK has big plans for offshore wind, but the past few weeks has seen a few headwinds - unwanted ones!

High leasing prices, leasing round delays and planning permission court battles - all these have raised their …

'Hard to Decarbonise': what & how?

February 8th, 2021


There is much talk at the moment about 'hard to decarbonise' areas of the economy: those which must be tackled too, in the race towards zero carbon targets. But what are they and what might be the options?

In this first …

Our "Six Picks" from the 2020 new energy landscape

December 12th, 2020


In our final episode of 2020, we both brought along three 'picks' from this year's clean energy activity. 

They don't necessarily reflect the stories that made the biggest headlines or even the most exciting individual …

The UK's 'Ten Point Plan' for a new Industrial Revolution

November 20th, 2020


This week the UK Prime Minister announced a bold vision for the future of UK energy; one with potentially transformative impacts on not only energy …

Examining biofuels, with Ryan Lamberg

October 15th, 2020


In the excitement over electric vehicles, hydrogen and other 'hot' topics in decarbonisation, it can be easy to overlook the role that biofuels have …

Wind, Ammonia, the Grid & More... with Gavin Catto

September 11th, 2020


In this episode we have a fascinating chat with Gavin Catto, founder of Green Cat Renewables (a specialist renewable energy consultancy focused on …

Ammonia within the clean energy transition

August 6th, 2020


Ammonia production consumes lots of natural gas and is a big contributor to global carbon emissions. So decarbonising that production by using clean hydrogen sources is one obvious way forward. But what about some of …

EPR, AMR, SMR...? A Delve into Nuclear

July 16th, 2020


If there's a subject that's bound to either delight or dismay people - often with little in between - it's nuclear power.  Still, we never shy away from any topic - and are always open to learning something new. So this …

The covid recovery & energy: where should the UK spend?

July 3rd, 2020


This week, the UK's Prime Minister promised to 'build, build, build', referring to housing and infrastructure. There have been statements about 'coming back stronger and greener'. So it's no surprise that industry …

Delivering the hydrogen economy on Orkney

July 1st, 2020


Many people are talking about the hydrogen economy at the moment - indeed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson specifically referred to it as he outlined the UK’s recovery proposals this week.  

Very few a have actually …

A Cape Canaveral of Hydrogen?

June 5th, 2020


The titular phrase was coined recently by a German government minister and was one that intrigued us. 

What might it mean? What might it imply as a …

CCS: Carbon Capture and Storage

May 28th, 2020


Like another topic we've discussed before, hydrogen, CCS is not new to the world. But, like hydrogen, it has had false dawns in the past, is back in …

Covid & Clean Energy

May 16th, 2020


It's sad, but also topical and unavoidable. So in this episode we decided to chat through what some of the implications of the virus might be for the clean energy sector. 

We were more interested in some of the …

The Lure of Industrial & Energy Clusters

May 10th, 2020


We've mentioned 'clusters' and 'hubs' in passing before, in our podcasts covering both hydrogen and offshore wind. They are receiving more and more attention in the clean energy world, so it was high time that we delved …

Innovation & Supply Chains (with an eye on Offshore Wind)

April 19th, 2020


Starting off by discussing how a move from fixed to floating foundations might impact the offshore wind supply chain here in the UK, we widen the scope to innovation and supply chain more generally. Along the way, we …

Talking Hydrogen in the northwest of England with Amer Gaffar

April 5th, 2020


Amer Gaffar is Director of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, here in the UK. Not surprisingly …

Energy Storage

March 13th, 2020


We've mentioned energy storage a lot in passing, in our previous podcasts. So it seemed like high time to have a chat specifically about this increasingly important subject. What is it being used for? Is it all about …

A comeback for onshore wind & solar in the UK? (and other news...)

March 5th, 2020


This week the UK government announced a consultation into changes to its core mechanism for encouraging utility-scale renewable power deployment. …

Approaches to Integrating Renewables: California Revisited

February 28th, 2020


We are joined once again by Lincoln Bleveans from Burbank Power & Water, for another view from 'across the pond'  (and a lot of land) in …

Decarbonisation and the Oil & Gas Industry

February 17th, 2020


This week - the one in which BP announced its intention to be 'net zero' by 2050 - we decided to chat about the oil and gas industry. It's an industry which is often painted as the flat-out enemy of decarbonisation, and …

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

January 30th, 2020


One of the many sustainability issues gaining more coverage these days is the idea of a 'circular economy'. With critics warning that the clean …

Clean Energy: the view from California

January 23rd, 2020


For this exciting new 'international' episode, we were delighted to have a guest expert join us: Lincoln Bleveans, Assistant General Manager for …

The Clean Energy Transition, GeoPolitics & Trade

January 17th, 2020


The clean energy transition is usually couched in terms of technologies, energy mixes, carbon impacts and other such numbers. However if we change …

SIx Highlights from 2019

December 13th, 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. 

Hydrogen revisited

December 3rd, 2019


In March of last 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 …

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 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 …

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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