Avoiding (grid) failure - with Joël Jaton, co-founder & CTO of depsys and Anja Langer Jacquin, depsys’s CCO
At the moment, the UK is rife with failure, mostly emanating from our government. I mean, whilst babies were dying in maternity wards, people were losing loved ones unable to say goodbye, and lifesaving cancer treatments were being pushed to the wayside resulting in yet more deaths, I can’t help but think this might have all been preventable had our Health Secretary had his eye on the ball. The next issue we have to contend with, in fact, an issue we’ve had to contend with for a long time and just haven’t bothered, is the current state of the UK’s power grid. Harping on about ‘net zero by 2050’ is all well and good, but our infrastructure is aging and unfortunately, in order to achieve this target, we’re going to need to drastically change the way we use energy and live our lives. Whether it be in the form of increased renewables, electric vehicles or more environmentally-friendly technologies, if the grid crumbles under the pressure of these new power drains, then what has it all been for? Just like with the current Covid situation, are we going to have diligently done our parts for over a year, making a myriad of changes and sacrifices, only for the powers that be to undo our efforts? Hopefully that won’t be the case here, as in this episode, we are joined by Joël Jaton, co-founder & CTO of depsys and Anja Langer Jacquin, depsys’s CCO, who help us to understand the current state of the grid, and what DSOs, or DNOs as they are known in the UK, should be doing with regards to digitalisation – which has a lot more layers to it than you might think – in order to avoid grid failure and thusly, avoid failing the consumer. As always, you can get in touch with any questions, feedback or suggestions for future discussion via our dedicated podcast email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy the episode!
2 Jul 2021
Rogue Trainers - Featuring Kaiden Ashun, Screwfix Trade Apprentice Competition winner
In this episode, we discuss the ‘right’ routes into the industry, with insight on avoiding those dodgy online companies that – for a nominal fee – will claim to have you fully qualified and raring to go in a matter of weeks. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case, and these companies are more than happy to take your money, in exchange for a “qualification” that isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Here at Electrical Review, we aren’t big on scamming the young people we need to sustain our future, so we explore the humble apprenticeship, the unsung hero of the electrical industry. We’re also joined by a special guest, this year’s winner of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice Competition, 21-year-old Kaiden Ashun, who, from his work van no less, will be filling us in on what his apprenticeship involved why he’d recommend them to others and what it was like to bring home the gold – quite literally, he won £10,000 worth of stuff. As always, you can get in touch with any questions, feedback or suggestions for future discussion via our dedicated podcast email email@example.com. We hope you enjoy the episode! Extra resources: For details of recommended training routes and qualifications valued by employers, please visit: www.electricalcareers.co.uk or https://www.electricalcareers.co.uk/joining-the-industry/training-routes/ the Electrical Careers website (produced by TESP). For details of the entry requirements for all apprenticeship standards, developed by employers, and where to find providers and current vacancies, please visit: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website. For more detailed guidance on NICEIC changes: www.niceic.com/eas. PDF guide on NICEIC/ELECSA changes to EAS: EAS Entry Scheme Requirements EAS qualifications guide from the IET: https://electrical.theiet.org/media/2560/eas-20-440-eas-qualification-guide-2020-v11.pdf
11 Jun 2021
EV for EVeryone
In this episode titled, ‘EV for EVeryone?’ contributing editor Jordan O’Brien (proud owner of an electric vehicle) attempts to knock editor Claire Fletcher (owner of decidedly non-electric vehicle) off the proverbial EV fence. Will he succeed? Give us a listen and find out. You never know, you might even learn something yourself.Despite the adoption of electric vehicles featuring as a key part of the UK government’s 10-Point-Plan to ‘build back greener from the pandemic’, there is still widespread misinformation, and general trepidation when it comes to making the switch from an ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle, to an electric one. After all, most of us have grown up with the former. That said, with a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles coming into place as of 2030 (meaning you will no longer be able to buy a new ICE vehicle) people are going to have to wrap their heads round the prospect of EV’s pretty damn quick, lest they buy second hand until the ICE vehicle well runs dry. From range anxiety to exploding batteries, EV’s still get a pretty bad wrap in the mainstream media, which is doing nothing to help quash public concern, or the planet for that matter. But, as human beings, generally, we don’t like change, but change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. In this episode, we go over many of the common misconceptions surrounding electric vehicles, ask the questions we actually want to know the answers to, and find out what it’s really like to own an EV day to day from someone that knows. As always, you can get in touch with us with your feedback, suggestions for discussion and general comments via our dedicated podcast email firstname.lastname@example.org, it’d be great to know if any petrol heads have been swayed (even slightly).
14 May 2021
Children of the (Green) Revolution
What has the UK Government done to achieve net zero by 2050? That's the question we're going to be asking in this episode of Powered On. There have been countless promises and the proclamation of a Green Revolution, but what action has been taken to actually achieve our net zero goal? We'll chew through the fat, exploring the promise of offshore wind powering every home by 2030, what Government incentives are out there for those wishing to be green, and the disaster that is the Green Homes Grant.
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