With so many potential technologies and applications vying to shape the future, it can be hard to keep on top of the latest trends. But reading the runes is more important than ever, as the technologies we choose for transforming of our energy system will shape business forever.
Energy storage, carbon capture, bioenergy, geoengineering, hydrogen in all its rainbow colours – there are a lot of calls to get right. To stay on top of this every-changing landscape you’ll need an expert guide.
Our latest guest is making those calls; and as Partner in a world-leading green infrastructure investor with £9bn under management, you’ll find his money where his mouth is!
Introducing James Samworth
This week we go deep on the future of renewables tech with James Samworth, Partner at renewables infrastructure asset manager Schroders Greencoat.
After starting his career in steel, James did an MBA, graduated during the financial crisis and charted a path through the renewables sector. He has worked across various technology verticals and markets (including with another industry leader, Foresight) and currently heads up the Bioenergy and Heat Division at Schroders.
In this Episode:
From steel to renewables
Risk and judgement in green infrastructure
A green asset class?
Market waves and pension trends
Decarbonisation, storage and the future of energy tech
Bioenergy and the CCS puzzle
Is there a place for hydrogen?
Growing into the next challenge
"… I think this challenge get solved by changing demand, not by throttling supply. I think we have to displace those materials and those emissions with something that is economic as a replacement …"
"… in terms of the greening of infrastructure: So so renewables has gone from being a smallish niche market to being really very mainstream and, and I mean the renewables market in the UK, there's probably 110, £120 billion worth of built assets now compared to say 90 billion of water companies … "
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We talk about how the scope of the challenge before us is beyond that of any one individual or any one solution. We listen to thinkers, researchers, policymakers, and business leaders. They discuss a diversity of ideas and solutions to global climate and environmental issues and why they matter.
Season 2 is presented by Chris Caldwell and produced by UNITED RENEWABLES in association with LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL, ALUMNI ENERGY CLUB.