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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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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 be used to 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 upd…
 
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 showNathan Gambling BetaTeach tarafından oluşturuldu
 
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 showNathan Gambling BetaTeach tarafından oluşturuldu
 
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 showNathan Gambling BetaTeach tarafından oluşturuldu
 
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 show (https://www.patreon.com/betatalk)…
 
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…
 
As more and more renewables come online, load flexibility is a key component of the grid of the future. John Powers, founder and CEO of Extensible Energy, joins the show to talk about how smart technology is helping building owners and tenants optimize their energy efficiency and save big money. John also outlines the work of the California Load Fl…
 
Nathan chats to a good friend of the podcast, Guy Newey, about decarbonising our homes and heating Guy is Director of Strategy and Performance at the Energy Systems Catapult - (sponsor of season 3 of BetaTalk) He was the Energy Adviser to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Greg Clark and Special Advisor to f…
 
Now that we’ve all caught our breath after the onslaught of news and frenetic finish to COP26, it's time to step back and reflect on the events in Glasgow from a broader perspective. SmartBrief's Karen Kantor and Paula Kiger edit a wide variety of newsletters for SmartBrief -- including topics such as energy, sustainability, government, business tr…
 
Nathan has a conversation with industry veteran Bob Beattie about air to air heat pumps which have been heating and cooling us for many years outside of our homes. Bob and Nathan discuss mini splits, multi splits and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems (otherwise known as variable refrigerant volume VRV Often, discussions around heat pumps in t…
 
This episode is a wee bit different from previous shows. With loads of big headlines coming out of the first week of COP26 in Glasgow, it seems like a quick roundup is in order to separate the news from the noise. There were also a few notable quotes (and even one song) that are worth highlighting. I hope this episode helps you get caught up fast! …
 
COP26 is finally here! With many countries and companies announcing net-zero goals that target 2035, 2050 or 2060, Tej Gidda joins the show to talk about why the next decade is critical for the energy transition. Tej, a vice president at GHD and also the firm's Global Lead for Future Energy, shares his thoughts on COP26 and what the people gathered…
 
Nathan speaks with his season 4 sponsors Sero and the Welsh Government Optimised Retrofit Programme Check out what the team all look like here https://youtu.be/vLsZNO9UPuA Call to action for installers and SME's https://www.optimised-retrofit.wales/partners-procurement-sme/ More info on Sero https://sero.group/press-room/sero-sets-the-standard-for-…
 
The long awaited strategy was out this week and Nathan had the chance to chat with Matthew who heads up the electrification team. BEIS have worked hard to pull this strategy together which is bound to please some and perplex others. The boiler upgrade scheme is hot topic and "heat pumps" trended the day of the announcement. Take a listen on the Bet…
 
Few people know more about the policies that shape the US grid than Rob Gramlich, the founder and president of Grid Strategies. With more and more renewables coming online (and interconnection queues getting longer and longer), Rob joins the show to talk about all the challenges the US grid is facing and what can be done to overcome them. Rob also …
 
We chat with Kim from the Heat Academy. Kim was asked to help train the supervisors of a large plumbing and heating company who install the heating on large developments (New Builds). He was shocked that in this case it seemed the boiler manufacturer had designers specifying heating systems that will not work very well with modern boilers. Heating …
 
Bob Yeager, President of Emerson’s Power and Water Solutions, joins the show to outline the three Ds that will play a huge role in future of the energy industry: Decarbonization, Decentralization and Digitalization (3:41). Bob delves into how FERC Order No. 2222 stands to reshape the power sector (12:18), how improved analytics might have reduced t…
 
You just have Nathan on this episode who wanted to help explain further what is going on with heat in a home e.g. how does heat move, how is heat measured, what is the relationship between energy (joules) and power (Watts) Sit back and enjoy. Please, please share this episode with others as it will help. If you are a heating engineer, PAS assessor …
 
Michael Rucker, founder and CEO of Scout Clean Energy, joins the show to talk about the latest news and trends in renewables. Among the many topics we discuss: A massive backlog of interconnection requests in the US How to communicate clearly in the face of NIMBY sentiments to get projects developed The potential for a federal Clean Energy Standard…
 
Big heat pumps powering district heat networks is the topic of conversation. Nathan chats with a well known figure from the vapour compression industry Dave Pearson, the Group Sustainable Development Director from Star Renewable Energy. Star Renewable Energy, based in Glasgow, Scotland is responsible for the world’s largest 90°C natural heat pump f…
 
In this very honest episode Nathan chat's to Martyn Bridges from Worcester Bosch about 100% hydrogen boilers and hydrogen ready boilers, also known as H2 ready boilers. Worcester Bosch are a very well known boiler brand here in the UK who are also involved with renewable technology such as solar thermal, air to air heat pumps, air to water heat pum…
 
Janice Lin, the founder and president of the Green Hydrogen Coalition, joins the show to discuss how green hydrogen is poised to play a larger role in everyday energy generation and consumption. From US efforts like HyDeal LA (22:28) and the Western Green Hydrogen Initiative (24:12) to international endeavors like the European Hydrogen Backbone (14…
 
What is the best boiler features on some consumer sites. Unfortunately, these consumer sites have very little knowledge around boilers so it is best to take their advice with a pinch of salt . In this episode Nathan chats to Si Posket who is going to be doing a lot more heat pump work with his friend Craig from https://cbrookesheating.co.uk/ We als…
 
Green hydrogen's potential to transform energy markets is immense. With the growth of renewables inspiring greater interest in use cases for green hydrogen, Michael Ducker from Mitsubishi Power joins the podcast to outline the state of the green hydrogen market and how it is poised to grow. Ducker explains how green hydrogen differs from other "col…
 
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