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The Renewable Energy SmartPod offers an inside look at the people, technologies and trends that are powering the energy transition. If you want to hear more about the role renewables are playing to decarbonize the global economy and combat climate change, this is the podcast for you. Follow us on Twitter @RenewablesPod or sign up for our newsletter: Renewable Energy SmartBrief.
 
BetaTalk is the recent winner of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2020 communication category “which recognises an organisation who has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables or clean technology with key opinion formers: parliament, government or the public”Nathan Gambling known as BetaTeach on Twitter discusses energy and the transition to low carbon technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps with some of the best renewable engineers. He is uni ...
 
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No matter which renewable energy generation or storage technology -- or combination of technologies -- an end-user chooses to deploy, it's crucial that the output and capabilities of those technologies are optimized. To reach peak optimization, more and more organizations are turning to digitalization. Krishna Vanka, Senior Vice President and Chief…
 
Mark from the architectural practice LEAP discusses with Nathan airtightness, ventilation, thermal comfort and passivhaus. Questions arise such as should more loft insulation be put in and how windows ideally should be fitted. A few papers are mentioned and the links can be found here: Passivhaus Secrets (Free Documentary Case Studies) Passivhaus T…
 
Now that the calendar has turned to 2023, it’s time to look ahead to what the coming year might have in store for the renewable energy industry. To peer into that crystal ball, a pair of executives from EDF Renewables join the show. Tristan Grimbert is the President and CEO of EDF Renewables. Raphael Declercq is Executive Vice President and serves …
 
The rise of ESG investing has investors clamoring for accurate and transparent data. Larry Lawrence, Head of Sustainable Finance - US at IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), outlines the crucial role data plays in the ecosystem of sustainable finance. Public companies have ginormous reporting obligations, so Larry and the team at ICE help organizations …
 
Measuring Heat pump system design with Brendon from Heacol Link to slides for the test can be found here THE TEST RIG Brendon discusses how he first designed the test rig with Ulster University for testing the heat pump he had built which is specifically adapted for UK climate, the UK's building stock and how the homes in the UK are commonly heated…
 
Carbon emissions offsets can be a touchy subject. Some people think offsets are just a price businesses can pay to keep generating emissions. But the truth is, there are many industries where the technology needed to decarbonize doesn’t even exist yet. So if you're a business leader who wants to offset the emissions from your operations, how exactl…
 
Andy Posner is the founder and CEO of Capital Good Fund. Since 2009, Andy and his team have been working on the frontlines trying to tackle one of the biggest challenges homeowners face when they are thinking about installing solar on their homes: cost. The Capital Good Fund develops lending programs, like DoubleGreen Solar Loans, that deliver the …
 
Experts agree that the transportation sector needs to be a key target of any effort to decarbonize the global economy. Nicolas Peltier-Thiberge, the Global Director for the Transport Sector in the Infrastructure Practice Group of the World Bank, joins the show to talk about a report the bank recently released that analyses the economics of electric…
 
When most people think of batteries these days, they probably think of lithium-ion batteries. But serious questions are starting to be asked about lithium-ion batteries; questions safety, sustainability, performance and the supply of the rare earth materials that go into those batteries. So with all those battery questions swirling, today's show fe…
 
We spoke with Graeme Fox from BESA about the first world ventilate day. You can watch live also their webinar which will also be recorded 12:00pm GMT - Tuesday 8 November 2022 Join our panel of experts as they discuss how good ventilation can improve health and wellbeing as well as protect buildings. We will share top ventilation tips and practical…
 
Luiza Demôro, the Head of Energy Transitions at BloombergNEF, walks us through a pair of reports that the team at BNEF recently released. One is their annual Power Transition Trends report. And the other is a special look at the state of clean energy funding in emerging markets and developing economies. And now that COP27 is upon us, Luiza also giv…
 
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so, you’ve probably heard about all the money that’s either already been deployed or is on its way toward funding the energy transition. When there are billions and billions in play, it’s not surprising that groups are coming together to lure capital to not only certain technologies, but a…
 
When a heat wave gripped California a couple of months ago, authorities sent out tweets and texts urging businesses and consumers to reduce their energy use to help utilities and other power providers avoid blackouts. That was an example of demand response. And guess what? It worked. James Muraca, the Chief Technology Officer at Enersponse, joins t…
 
We chat to Phil Jones from Alpha about boilers and their need to be working better with proper control. We also mention the hybrid offering from Alpha where for aprox. £3100 a home owner can have a new boiler which is connected to a 4kW fan coil unit outside. Enjoy the episode and thanks for listening Support the show…
 
A key component of the Biden administration's energy transition plan involves establishing hydrogen hubs at multiple locations across the US. Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., joins the show to share details about H2theFuture, which is a green hydrogen cluster that's being developed in southern Louisiana. H2theFuture was…
 
Fantastic episode with Barry who runs Renewable Heat up in Scotland. We discuss his heat pump journey as well as his work with the plumbing and heating association Snipef. We discuss lots such as MCS, the NIBE PVT system, sizing heat pumps and the new service which www.heatpimpsurvey.com provides which measures rather than calculates heat loss. We …
 
Nathan chats to the MD of EOGB about a UK first - a domestic modulating oil boiler. The boiler uses open therm to modulate the flame and will output different flow temps to the radiators or other heating emitters. Nathan starts the episode with a little pre-amble about the importance of flow temps constantly changing to match the demand of the prop…
 
This episode is all about the "Blue Economy." Jason Busch is the Executive Director of the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust and he joins the show to talk about the many ways the ocean can power a more sustainable future. Offshore wind energy has certainly been in the headlines as of late, so Jason covers that topic, but he also provides an update on othe…
 
We are joined by Richard Burrows from Mid Wales Plumbing and Heating Supplies who is an expert on heating control strategy. Richard talks about the types of modulation - load compensation and weather compensation and how all boilers should be controlled this way. To understand modulation I have written an article with a funny analogy here With advi…
 
Joseph Triepke and Daniel Cruise from Lium Research join the show to talk about the many ways the Inflation Reduction Act is poised to shape markets for solar, wind and battery storage. Joseph and Daniel will offer their views from more of an investor and financial market intelligence perspective. And speaking of market intel, don’t miss the nugget…
 
Nathan chats with his friend Dave who runs and owns Condensate Pro and now Primary Pro. Primary Pro is a polyethylene product which comes pre painted making it easier to use than class O insulation. He has also developed Bond & Seal which can be applied all weathers unlike the contact adhesive which is used for Class O. The conversation is a useful…
 
It's all happening! The U.S. Congress finally took action to try to stem the tide of climate change. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes $369 billion of climate and clean energy initiatives -- and tax incentives represent a huge chunk of that amount. Lauren Collins, a partner at Vinson & Elkins, joins the show to explain how the plethora of …
 
Nathan is a big supporter of diversity within the heating industry and this special episode is the first ever BetaTalk podcast takeover e.g. Nathan is not in it. The episode has been hosted by three remarkable women who are involved in plumbing and heating: Sovey, Leah and Rhiannon. They interviewed one of Nathan's friends Andy who has been involve…
 
Nathan has a great chat with Daniel Newport from the Tony Blair Institute for Climate and one of his regular renewable heating engineers James from Elite Services Group based in Hull. Daniel previously held a senior position at BEIS and was part of the team that introduced the target of 600,000 heat pumps by 2028. All sorts of interesting stuff in …
 
Nathan hosted a live podcast to discuss heat pumps at the industry's favourite show. On the guest panel were Heat Architects Steve Webster and Si Posket along with the podcasts expert guest on commercial refrigeration Lisa-Jayne Season 6 of BetaTalk is being sponsored by Farnell We also like to thank the European Heat Pump Association and Key Mark …
 
Ofgem have been collecting performance data on heat pump installs and Nathan chats to Collin Meek from RB&M who has analysed the data. The report summary can be found here Learn what COP (coefficient of performance) SCOP and SPF (seasonal performance factor) all mean as well as their limitations. Are heat pumps in the UK performing well? Find out i…
 
Can a home have no energy bills? Yes. We chat to Nigel from Ilke Homes who have just partnered with Octopus Energy for an exciting project where the occupant is expected to pay no energy bills. The homes will use heat pumps, lots of solar PV and batteries. Hear how they work on this episode. This episode is accompanied by a special patron episode w…
 
Meet Nathan's guest Tom Lowe who heads up the Thermal Storage Association with founding members SunAmp, Caldera and Tepeo. Tom has had previous roles in OFGEM, British Gas and Buld Energy so there is lots of great discussion in this episode Use the 10% discount code BETATALK10 with Farnell purchases over £50 Support the show…
 
In this first episode of season 6 I chat with some of the people in the Carbon CoOp team You can hear what they are all about and how they have been helping people navigate through the cacophony of retrofit and renewable heating advice. They are one of my favourites out there and really understand the challenge. Matt is very much an enthusiast, lik…
 
Nathan speaks to his good friend and his control expert David Newton. David started his career in controls back in the 70s and has interesting stories. The conversation centres around the fact it is not a technical problem which needs solving but a human one. Support the showDe către Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
 
While the comment period for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rule on climate-related disclosure has been extended into June, the proposal offers a solid hint as to how the final rulemaking might take shape. Jamie Gamble, Managing Director at PwC, and Maggie Peloso, Partner at Vinson & Elkins, join the show to dig into the details …
 
In this episode Nathan talks to Thomas Nowak the Secretary General of the EHPA. Thomas has a wealth of knowledge in the European Heat Pump space and has been disseminating good advice for quite some time. Take a listen We are currently the #1 energy podcast in the UK here Support the showDe către Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
 
John Belizaire, the founder and CEO of Soluna Computing, joins the show to do a deep dive on how cryptocurrency mining and blockchain platforms impact the grid. You’ve probably seen the headlines and the narrative is that the computing power required to run these technologies places a huge strain on the grid. Well, John recently testified before Co…
 
In this episode Nathan chats to retired physicists Michael de Podesta about his video on how to quickly get an idea of the heat loss of your home. You can follow him on Twitter at @Protons4B and find his blog here Support the showDe către Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
 
Horace Luke, the Founder and CEO of Gogoro, has a vision. It's a vision that involves tackling a huge energy challenge the transportation sector is facing. While companies like Tesla, Rivian and BYD are electrifying four-wheel vehicles, less attention is being paid to electrifying two-wheel vehicles. That's where Luke sees opportunity because two-w…
 
The term "energy transition" means different things to different people. In this episode, we focus on how "energy transition" means different things to people from different places. Michael Syn, senior managing director and head of equities at the Singapore Exchange (SGX), joins the show to talk about how markets in Asia are tackling decarbonizatio…
 
One of my favourite conversations: Adam is a rare entity. He is a heating engineer but understands extremely well the tech world now entering the heating industry and will play an important part. It is a frank conversation and we hope you enjoy and get something from it Support the showDe către Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
 
The Renewable Heat Incentive is about to finish and the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is about to start. Heat pump installation companies have found themselves in a state of limbo and an open letter has been drafted to put forward their concerns to BEIS and OFGEM This episode is in response to those concerns and features policy expert Richard Lowes, Dan Ke…
 
Nathan knows the good people at NESTA quite well and likes their pragmatism. In this episode Nathan has a chat with Madeleine Gabriel the sustainable mission director and Andrew Sissons, the deputy mission director. They discuss insulation and how you do not need deep retrofit for heat pumps to work, even efficiently. Conversation also discusses th…
 
We're baaaaaaack! After taking a break at the beginning of this year to recharge after a busy and exciting 2021, we’re ready to dive back into telling you stories about the people, technologies and trends that are powering the energy transition. First up is an episode today about money. As in all the money that’s being spent on the energy transitio…
 
In this episode Nathan chats with regular guest host Ken Bone and Rachael Peterson an electronics and software engineer. Both guests are early adopters of battery technology for use within their own homes. They also have PV and Heat Pumps and a bonus episode exists on the patreon site where you can hear both guests talk about the integration of all…
 
Nathan chats to Stephanie who was monitoring heat pump systems out in Canada. One of the things Nathan is passionate about is using monitoring and Smart HTC to measure real heat loss. Monitoring can also be used to establish performance and highlight either faulty equipment or bad installation practice. In the Autumn of 2021 Nathan gave evidence to…
 
Gas prices have risen. This is having a dramatic effect on the poor. Nathan discusses the sorry state of ECO, the Energy Companies Obligation and how boilers have been installed in such a way that the heating systems in the homes of the fuel poor are not as efficient as they should be. Is anyone to blame? Is anyone researching this? To listen to th…
 
In an experimental podcast episode Nathan chats to his friend and world renowned Michael Liebreich who hosts the Cleaning Up podcast. It is a dual podcast and will go out on BetaTalk and Cleaning Up. You can even watch it here on YouTube Nathan and Michael discuss how we have the technology for low carbon heating but lack the skills to implement it…
 
Planning permission and planning allocation are complex topics and Nathan invited along his friend Rico Wojtulewicz, the head of housing and policy at the National Federation of Builders, for a chat about how the planning process hinders the uptake of low carbon heating technology such as heat pumps. A fantastic episode where Nathan learns new term…
 
Nathan was joined by a very special guest on the first episode of a new season sponsored by the Heat Geek Team. Nathan has been trying to help the heating industry realise there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way we train people. Many people are now involved in the training and education discourse, but unfortunately they have little understand…
 
Tax incentives like the Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit have had a massive impact on the growth of renewables, but the possibility of direct pay also looms on the horizon. Sean Moran, a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, is here to dive into what lies ahead for the tax side of the renewables industry, particularly as pr…
 
Corrosion is a big problem in wet central heating systems. The water within the heating system is the cheapest yet regarded as the most important component. Unfortunately, it's perhaps the least understood and often neglected. Many boiler breakdowns are caused by corrosion and in a transition to heat pumps we will need to be careful about water qua…
 
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