Will  Your Automobile be Part of the National Grid?

Will Your Automobile be Part of the National Grid?

Using the electricity stored in an Electric Vehicle battery to smooth and manage demand on the electricity grid was a big topic at this year’s Low Carbon Vehicles exhibition and conference in September at the Millbrook proving ground. This Vehicle to ...

Batteries Included, But They Need To Be Better

Batteries Included, But They Need To Be Better

Wonderful Lithium-Ion Batteries A few weeks ago, John Goodenough, Akira Yoshino and Stanley Whittingham won the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize for their work on Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion). Lithium-ion batteries have made our portable, cable-free, mobile world. From our mobile phones to cordless ...

Keeping up with the Latest Innovation in Low-Carbon Vehicles

Keeping up with the Latest Innovation in Low-Carbon Vehicles

Every year I try to get to the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicles show at Millbrook proving ground. It’s a great way to take the pulse of the industry and to learn more about the future of transport. You find out ...

Getting the Best Value Out of Household Waste

Getting the Best Value Out of Household Waste

We have a problem with household waste in the UK. The stuff that gets collected at the kerbside. In 2017 we collected about 27 million tonnes of waste from our homes. We are getting better recycling, and just over 45% ...

Climate Change and Our Homes - What's Stopping Us?

Climate Change and Our Homes – What’s Stopping Us?

Our homes consume about 30% of the UK’s energy and produce 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. 80% of that energy is used for space and hot water heating, mostly from gas. With a net-zero target for UK carbon emissions, it is vital that ...

The Power of Industry Clusters in Regional Development

The Power of Industry Clusters in Regional Development

Earlier this year, I wrote about industry clusters. What they are, where they come from, and how important they are. So I was surprised to open my newspaper this morning and find an article by Larry Elliott arguing that the ...

Importing Nature Makes Great Offices and Happy Workers

Importing Nature Makes Great Offices and Happy Workers

As the world’s population becomes more urban, access to nature becomes more important to our wellbeing. From the pollinators that provide our food to the public parks that are the ‘green lungs’ of many towns and cities. Access to nature improves ...

Zero-Carbon Heat - Pathways to the Future

Zero-Carbon Heat – Pathways to the Future

37% of UK carbon emissions come from heating – domestic, public and commercial, and industrial. About 85% of the heating comes from gas. In its Net Zero report, the Committee on Climate Change argues that we must reduce carbon emissions ...

If You Want To Disrupt An Industry, First Understand It

If You Want To Disrupt An Industry, First Understand It

Everyone wants to be disruptive; to transform a market, sweeping away the big players and bringing exciting new ideas. It is the big win that everyone looks for. There are millions of articles about business disruption on Google with titles like: How ...

Think About the User Not the Technology!

Think About the User Not the Technology!

You have created a great new product you are really excited about. You have sorted out the business model, figured out how to deliver it to the user, and fixed any manufacturing and cost problems. This will be great! And then ...