David Hunt Energy Guru

David is Managing Partner of Hyperion Executive Search, a clean energy executive search specialists. He has been in the clean energy sector since 2007 and held posts on the Policy Board of the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA), chaired the Pan-European Energy Storage Alliance and sits on the Low Carbon Economy Board for the Liverpool City LEP. He also spent seven years as director of an award winning multi-technology renewable energy company, before setting up Hyperion in 2014. He has spoken about renewable energy on various British and international trade publications including the BBC and the FT. David holds prestigious awards in the energy sector and is recently completing a degree in Environmental Management and Technology from the Open University.

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End Subsidies for Parking Before They Kill Us

Parking subsidies – for city residents and for visitors – adversely impact a city’s air pollution, the health and quality of life of its residents, as well as its economy. They must end.

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Finding Europe’s Energy Storage Talent

We have recently won a number of international assignments partnering with companies trying to identify and recruit candidates for European roles.

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Toxic Employees: How to Avoid them

Nothing is more debilitating within an organisation than a toxic employee. Employers naturally give a lot of time and energy to attracting outstanding candidates. Far fewer devote any time to considering how to avoid the wrong type of candidate finding their way into their business.

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How to Make Yourself Energy Storage Ready

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.

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There is a Hole in My Talent Bucket

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.

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How Can an Industrial Strategy be Relevant without Solar?

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.

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Fully Charged Live

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.

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Collectively Intelligent: Prioritising Safety in Autonomous Systems Design

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”.

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The view from (the) rEVolution18

The revolution may not be televised, but it was certainly energised. A really packed day organised by the EVBox team, including the opportunity for me to be a clean energy groupie.

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Ignore the Noise. Yes, Electric Vehicles are Cleaner

Germany’s high court has now permitted cities to individually ban diesels. Hamburg was the first to ban pre-Euro 6 diesel engine vehicles on a mile-long stretch of road. Stuttgart and Munich – German cities with the most significant air quality issues, but also large automaker representation – are bound to follow suit. 

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