Jun 13 2012

Podcast: Changing the Way We Think About Cars – Forever

Copyright Philippa Roberts 2012 Riversimple's car will be a whole lot more efficient than this.

Riversimple – Revolutionary Personal Transport Has Arrived Start: Who, or what are Riversimple? 5 min: What is a hydrogen fuel cell and how does a hydrogen fuel cell car work? 9 min: Mass decompounding explained 10 min: The car company that doesn’t sell cars 12 min: Car materials – carbon fibre versus steel 15 min:.

Jun 8 2012

Underemployed?

Underemployed?

I keep hearing commentators on the radio talking about our ‘weak growth’ and am getting fed up shouting back at them.  For it was only last month that the ONS figures showed the current recession is slightly worse that we thought, with GDP shrinking by 0.3%.  That’s shrinking, not weakly growing, a distinction that seems.

May 22 2012

Futuristic car, futuristic company

Futuristic car, futuristic company

Had a great morning interviewing one of the founders of Riversimple.  It’s the most inspirational company and one that caught my interest a few years ago because of its open source car design.

May 1 2012

Austerity versus Investment – the double dip answer

ONS GDP and the Labour Market - 2012 Q1 - April GDP update

Last week the ONS released the official statistics that show we are once again in recession.  As the table I’ve copied here, and the explanation summary that goes with this table state: “..total output has declined by 0.5 % over the last two quarters.  The economy has not expanded at all over the last year.  Since.

Apr 16 2012

£250m Weekly Waste Fund Workshops

£250m Weekly Waste Fund Workshops

Busy travelling the country at the moment, facilitating some workshops on behalf of the LGA.  We’ve been to London and Manchester and have the following dates booked in: Tuesday 17 April – Birmingham Wednesday 18 April – Newcastle Thursday 19 April – London.

Apr 5 2012

‘Competition’ in the Water Industry

'Competition' in the Water Industry

This is a procrastination blog.  Because I should be doing something else right now that is more important, but I have had a couple of conversations this week about competition and then saw an LSE blog about competition in the water industry.

Mar 29 2012

Moving the goalposts – again!

Moving the goalposts - again!

At the beginning of this week DECC published its timetable for implementing the RHI or Renewable Heat Incentive.  It’s a great incentive because it works in the same way as Feed-in Tariffs and ROCS – it pays you to produce, and hopefully use, renewable heat.

Mar 27 2012

Podcast: The Co-op Approach to Solar

Podcast: The Co-op Approach to Solar

This podcast discusses what you need to do to get a community-owned solar PV project up and running. Ben Whittle and Philippa Roberts talk about the issues faced in Leominster, Herefordshire. Start: How Ben became involved 3min: Why a solar co-op? 6 min: Who else is involved and why? 9 min: How to set up.

Mar 27 2012

Can Community Solar Survive?

Can Community Solar Survive?

I recently interviewed Ben Whittle, a founding Director of the Leominster Community Solar Co-op.  This Herefordshire based community project aimed to put a large solar PV array on the local sports centre; owned and funded by people who lived in the area.  Unfortunately, the launch event happened a matter of days before the Government’s first.

Mar 1 2012

Can Technology Save Us?

Can Technology Save Us?

Interesting article from the TED Conference showing the contrasting views of Paul Guilding and Peter Diamandis.  While Paul argues that our obsession with economic growth is overloading the planet’s capacity to support us, Peter believes that technology will save us.

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