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Talking New Energy
35 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Developing EV charging propositions – an energy retailer perspective
In this episode, we talk with two energy retailers about how they are helping customers how to get started with their first electric vehicle – how to find the best tariff, how to get a wallbox and more. They also discuss their plans for their role in the coming collision between energy and mobility. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Goncalo Castelo Branco, Director of Smart Mobility at Portuguese energy retailer EDP; Tom Hart, Head of Portfolio for Energy Management and EVs at British Gas, part of Centrica, in the UK; and Delta-EE expert John Murray.
37 minutes | May 31, 2021
The rise and rise of PPAs
Large energy customers are increasingly walking the walk and buying their energy from green sources – not just through green tariffs, but with linkages directly to the generator through a multi-year deal. On the other side of the fence, renewable energy generators like the guarantee of a long term agreement to sell their energy. And in the middle of this often sit energy companies – facilitating and enabling these transactions. In this episode we talk with energy company Alpiq and renewable energy asset owner Aquila about the rise and rise of PPAs, with a focus on the Spanish market. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Jesus Reyes, Head of Sales & Origination at Alpiq; Marcos Dominguez, Director of Power Markets, Aquila Capital; and Delta-EE expert, Dina Darshini.
42 minutes | May 24, 2021
What can we learn from the Texas power crisis?
In this episode we head to Texas, to explore what we can learn from the February power crisis. The crisis left over 4.5 million homes and businesses without power, some for many days, and some estimate the economic damage at a staggering $195 billion. Lots has been written about the causes, with much of the attention on the supply side of the market. There’s been less focus on what we saw happen with customers – or the demand side. And while these crises have had terrible impacts, they also provide an opportunity to step back and see how markets could be reformed. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Lynne Kiesling, an economist and Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Sid Sachdeva, Founder and CEO at Innowatts, a SaaS platform that leverages insights from more than 40 million meters, many of which were in the region affected by the crisis; and Delta-EE expert Jon Ferris, one of our experts on how the demand side can participate more in electricity markets.
34 minutes | May 17, 2021
In conversation with Jai Thampi, Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is a global giant in the energy sector – not in terms of producing energy, but in terms of how we distribute, use and manage energy. Its products and services are found in electricity grids, in industries, and in buildings around the world. Like many, Schneider is embracing the energy transition and embracing digitalisation – what it calls the fourth industrial revolution. In this episode, host Jon Slowe is in conversation with Jai Thampi from Schneider Electric. Jai is Senior Cice President for Strategy and Innovation in the Home and Distribution part of Schneider’s energy management business. We’ll be talking about how Jai sees the future of energy in homes, what he thinks Schneider’s role is in this, and how to drive this forward in a large, global company.
34 minutes | May 10, 2021
The role of hydrogen in the energy transition, with Nel Hydrogen
We are hearing more and more about hydrogen – and the role it can play in a decarbonising world that will be increasingly electrified. In this episode we’ll be talking with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electrolysers, Norwegian company Nel Hydrogen, exploring what life is like for them given the rapidly rising interest in hydrogen, and their plans and views on the future. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Raluca Leordeanu, VP of Business Development at Nel Hydrogen.
40 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
How do we become profitable from public charging?
In this week's episode, our host Jon Slowe and Abhishek Sampat from our EVCS team at Delta-EE talk to Ole Henrik Hannisdahl, CEO of Mer Norway & Sweden, discussing how to be a profitable public charging provider, customer interactions, experiences, revenue models and key trends in internationalising a public charging network.
35 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Transactive Energy: what is it and what does it mean for distribution network companies?
Transactive Energy is a term that’s emerged in the last years, but what does it actually mean, how is it emerging, and what does it mean for distribution networks? In today’s episode, host Jon Slowe is joined by Gerben van den Berg, Senior Consultant in Strategy and Corporate Development for Alliander, a distributer of gas, electricity and heat in the Netherlands and Germany; and Delta-EE expert Jeremy Harrison, who leads our Local Energy System research.
38 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Net-zero cities: lots of talk, how much action?
Climate change is rising up organisations' agendas, and a good example of this is cities declaring climate emergencies and net-zero or carbon neutrality goals. Targets, visions and aspirations are great, but they need to be backed up with a clear strategy, plan and action. In this episode, we’re delving into cities and the growing number of net-zero declarations, looking at what’s actually going on, and what we can expect to see in the next years. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Sandra Fives, CEO and Co-Founder at Urbanomy, a subsidiary of EDF; James Sterling, Communications, Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Bristol City Council in the UK; and Delta-EE expert Alix Weil. Visit www.delta-ee.com/talkingnewenergy to catch up on all our episodes.
35 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Thermally driven heat pumps: what are they and why are they important for the energy transition?
Many thousands of thermally driven heat pumps – driven by combustion of natural gas – have been installed across Europe. While boilers are efficient, thermally driven heat pumps are a step higher, as they capture low grade heat from the air, operating at efficiencies of 160% and more. In this episode we look into the state of the thermally driven heat pump market today, and explore where it may be heading. Host Jon Slowe is joined by David Dupuis, Project Manager for Innovative Gas Products at Engie; Stefan van Uffelen, CEO of Cooll Technologies in the Netherlands, and Delta-EE expert Steven Ashurst. Learn more about our research at www.delta-ee.com.
34 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
In conversation with Marzia Zafar of Kaluza: the importance of customer engagement
In this episode Jon Slowe talks with Marzia Zafar, Head of Customer Strategy and Policy at Kaluza (part of OVO Group), about the interface of Kaluza’s technology platform with customers, and what the industry should be aspiring for with customer engagement.
30 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Insights from EV Charging in Norway
In this episode we head to Norway, famous for being the leader in the European EV market – at least in terms of EVs per person and percentage of car sales that are electric. Some will say Norway’s not typical – tax incentives certainly help to push people to EVs. But there is plenty to learn from Norway’s experience at the leading edge. Today, we’re going to explore what we can learn about charging of EVs in Norway. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Delta-EE's Abhishek Sampat and Fredrik Lima, Vice President Europe at Zaptec. Visit www.delta-ee.com to learn more about our research.
34 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
In conversation with Joris Jonker: scaling a business, investment and growth
Jon Slowe is joined by Joris Jonker of Econic, formerly THE FCTR E, to discuss scaling a business from a start-up, investment, growth and the impact of acquisitions on a business. He shares the importance of customer propositions and why you should try and sell a service rather than technology. Visit www.delta-ee.com to learn more about our latest customer research.
40 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
EV Charging: how to solve the on-street challenge?
In this podcast, host Jon Slowe explores the options for charging for those that park their electric vehicles on-street. He is joined by two of Delta-EE’s EV team, Alex Lewis-Jones and Kate Armitage, to discuss those innovating in this space across Europe.
34 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Hydrogen boilers: how much of a challenge?
Hydrogen could be flowing through gas pipes into homes in the future. If so, we’ll need boilers that can run on hydrogen to heat our homes, as well as hydrogen powered fuel cells or hydrogen powered thermally driven heat pumps. In this episode we explore the challenges in developing hydrogen boilers. Host Jon Slowe is joined by two of Europe’s leading boiler manufacturers - Tom Collins, Hydrogen Lead at Bosch Thermotechnology; Jon Phillips, Group Product Manager for wall hung boilers at BDR Thermea; and Delta-EE expert Steven Ashurst. Find out more about our hydrogen research at www.delta-ee.com/hydrogen.
29 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
New Energy - What do customers think?
Customers will be at the heart of much of the energy transition. No longer does the boundary of the energy system end at the meter: EVs, heat pumps, batteries and flexible loads will all play a big role in services to customers and the energy system. In this episode we will take a look at customers needs and wants, how they react to certain propositions, and we also look at highlights of Delta-EE's customer research. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Delta-EE experts, David Trevithick and Lodovica Di Deodato. For more information on our research, visit www.delta-ee.com.
38 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Hydrogen implications for gas network operators
Europe has built up one of the best gas distribution infrastructures in the world. There’s one problem though. It distributes natural gas, a fuel that we will hardly be able to use if we’re to reach our net zero targets. Can we use the infrastructure instead for clean hydrogen – either blended with natural gas as a stepping stone, or with pure hydrogen in the future? In this episode we put aside discussion on the extent to which we should do this – and focus on whether or not we can do this, and what’s involved in doing so. Jon Slowe is joined by Eva Henning, Head of Department for EU Energy Policy at Thüga, an alliance of German municipal energy companies (as well as chair of Eurogas’s distribution committee); Keith Owen Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy at Northern Gas Networks in the UK; and Delta-EE expert, Rob Castek. Visit www.delta-ee.com/hydrogen to learn more about our hydrogen research.
34 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Unlocking the opportunity for residential flexibility
Demand side flexibility across Europe is growing. It’s set to play a bigger and bigger role as the energy transition accelerates. This week we discuss residential-scale demand response, focusing on the nitty-gritty issues of standards and interoperability, which can play a huge role in opening up and facilitating markets. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Adriaan van Eck, from the Flexible Alliance Network, based in the Netherlands; Nina Klein, from the UK Government department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and Delta-EE expert Lucy Murley.
24 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
All I want for (a new energy) Christmas is...
In this episode of Talking New Energy, Jon Slowe is joined by Delta-EE's Head of Heat Lindsay Sugden and Head of Consulting Charmaine Coutinho to talk about what new energy presents we'd like to see under the Christmas tree, a look back at 2020 and a look forward to 2021.
33 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Shell, their net zero ambition, and decarbonising heat
The energy transition is seeing a whole host of companies having to transform themselves. One of the best examples of this is the journey that some oil companies are embarking on. Repsol and more recently Shell have declared bold ambitions to be net-zero businesses. Should we think of them as oil and gas companies – or new energy companies? How will they make the transition to become net-zero businesses, and what are they doing about this today? We explored these questions with Jo Coleman OBE, Shell’s UK Energy Transition Manager, and Lindsay Sugden, Delta-EE’s Head of Heat. For more information on our research, visit www.delta-ee.com.
37 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Life as a new entrant energy retailer in the energy transition
Life as a new entrant energy retailer. What's it like to grow a new entrant retailer to hundreds of thousands of customers? And what does the future hold for such a company as the energy transition unfolds? In this episode, host Jon Slowe is joined by two rapidly growing energy retailers from France and the UK - Charlie Davies, Co-Founder of So Energy; Julien Tchernia, President of Ekwateur; and Delta-EE expert Charmaine Coutinho.
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