Renewable Low-Carbon Heat

Decarbonising heat A key challenge facing the UK is decarbonising the energy system. The UK is legally committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and eventually to net-zero under the Paris Agreement.  Most of the focus in the ...

Another Brick in the Wall

A few years ago, I was working with the product development group of a technology company. I asked one of the managers how information flowed between the various groups involved in bringing a new product to market. “It’s simple”, he said. ...

Visiting the Future of Low Carbon Vehicles

On 7th September I visited the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicles event at Millbrook to find out what was going on in the world of low carbon transport. This was the 10th year, and in that time the topic has moved ...

Seeing and Being Seen

It’s the time of year to start looking forward to the best innovation conference and showcase in the UK – Innovate 2017. This year it is taking place on 8th and 9th November at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham. From space ...

Innovation is a Conversation, Not a Linear Process

Why do people describe innovation as linear? I have always been fascinated by the process of innovation. How people identify opportunities, organise to create a solution, and then deliver it to the market. I have read hundreds of books, papers, websites ...

A Roadmap to Reverse Global Warming

I did not know that! Looking out into Liverpool Bay from my home in North Wales, I can see several arrays of offshore wind turbines. I did not know that the latest turbines in the Burbo Bank Extension are so large, ...

Let’s Go to San Francisco

A week ago, I returned from the 2017 Clean and Cool Mission to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Twenty of the best young UK clean technology companies, selected by open competition, spending an intensive week studying, debating and learning, ...

A Technologist Learns to Win Friends and Influence People

Innovators need to be persuasive In my career in industrial R&D and innovation I spent a lot of time trying to persuade people to give me the resources I needed to execute my ideas, or to persuade them to try something ...

Worried Businesswoman

The Challenge of Business Model Innovation

You Need More than Product Innovation Innovation is about much more than just creating a new product or service. Innovation should apply to all parts of a business; from supply chain and logistics to the relationship with customers and how you ...

Bamboo and thatch plane used by Cargo Cult

Beware of Cargo Cult Management

Cargo Cults During World War II, Melanesian islanders were astonished when the Japanese and American militaries arrived with vast quantities of supplies of all sorts, delivered by plane and parachute drop. These supplies found their way into the local economy where ...