David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 O’clock news. A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the clean energy space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014 and recently expanded its operations in Europe with a new office in Munich. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US. Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group). The ‘This week in cleantech’ podcast is a platform for David and invited experts to share and review the biggest, and most interesting news stories in the cleantech sector each week, providing expert opinion, analysis and insight. It is anticipated that the podcast will be a catalyst for the further growth and development of the cleantech revolution.
We all know that the solar industry, particularly in the UK has lost a significant number of jobs in the last nine months. We also know that energy storage is the hottest of hot topics at present, and a sector predicted to see substantial growth. However, as I’ve written before, the number of jobs available in the storage sector doesn’t come close to the number of solar jobs lost. Demand outstrips supply. What is more many of the jobs lost to solar do not lend themselves to transfer to the storage sector, for an obvious example think roofer.
Those who take their business or leadership role seriously know that life is much easier and business is much more successful with real talent in your team. The CEO’s of two of the most successful businesses in corporate history, Steve Jobs at Apple and Jack Welch at GE, were both very vocal about having A players on your team. Often I'm asked to write or speak about acquiring top talent. That stands to reason, it's what my company, Hyperion Executive Search does, help companies find the very best talent. But we also help clients to retain that top talent.
Last year, I was invited to meet with the Rt Hon Greg Clarke (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and BEIS colleagues at a regional launch of the industrial strategy green paper/consultation document. It's a pretty weighty paper, you can get a copy here. The 'ten pillars' all make sense and are all essential to any future industrial strategy.
After eight years and more than 300 episodes, Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged, a YouTube show dedicated to the future of energy & transport, will be brought to life as a fun-filled exhibition for thousands of enthusiasts Fully Charged LIVE will launch at the world-famous Silverstone circuit at the heart of the UK's motorway network on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June and tickets are now on general release.
Recent Uber and Tesla crashes (that led to the respective deaths of a pedestrian and a driver) continue a debate about the merits and challenges of robotics and autonomous systems. For novices, luddites, and alarmists, they have given a moment of cynical Schadenfreude – many toward Tesla and Uber. Critics of the current state of self-driving vehicles are even calling for a slow-down in development, excusing their hesitancy with a necessity to build “confidence among consumers and regulators alike.” Several have called users “guinea pigs”.