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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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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What do Milk, Diesel, and Electric Vehicles all have in Common?

Here are the latest thoughts from our eMobility and Smart Cities advisor, Lukas Neckermann.

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Smart Mobility, the 3 Zeroes and the Role of People

I’m delighted to welcome Lukas Neckermann to the Hyperion team. Lukas joins us as an advisor in the smart cities and smart mobility space. Lukas is an author, key-note speaker, and consultant to the great and good in the sector. We know the eMobility market is an exciting and dynamic place, ever changing, I’ve asked Lukas to share some thoughts about where we are, and what the future may hold.

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The Future of Energy

I'm not sure it's what Prince was referring to in his 1989 Batman soundtrack, but Energy Storage works. It works very, very well, and it's not just the future, it's here now. Two years ago, I attended the REA (Renewable Energy Association) 'Commercializing energy storage' event, to catch up with colleagues and clients, and to hear some of what is going on. Now, not soon, now.

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Talent Acquisition in the Energy Sector

Talent acquisition is a long-term strategy for growth. In the clean energy, eMobility, energy storage and clean tech sectors, finding key talent through rigorous executive search enables companies to be ground-breaking and evolve in an ever-changing market.

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Crowdfunding & Energy Storage Start-ups

Energy storage is moving at a phenomenal rate, not just in terms of product development, but also in terms of start-ups, bankruptcies, mergers, acquisitions, and increasingly, crowdfunding. Any start up faces a multitude of challenges with regard to product design and development, their people of course, but funding has to be the most important of all. Any start-up faces a range of options to fund their evolution, from debt or a range of equity options. Increasingly we are seeing energy storage and other tech companies take the path of crowdfunding. I spoke to MD of ChargeSync Matthew Hunt (no relation), about their reasoning for choosing to crowdfund, and how the process has been.

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We Urgently Need Interoperability in the UK

Did you see the good news about EV and ULEV (UltraLow emissions Vehicle) registrations going up significantly? In the year ended March 2017 a total of 43,819 ULEVs were registered, driving registered vehicle numbers up. That figure is representative of a 34% increase year-on-year and more than 90% up on registrations two years ago. We now have over 108,000 registered on the roads of the UK.

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Never Mind The Lithium, What About The Talent !

Throughout my time in the clean energy sector there has always been talk of scarcity of supply; first it was silicon, then in the boom times of solar development it was solar PV modules themselves. More recently we read of the potential scarcity of Lithium, a core ingredient for Lithium-ion and related batteries, driven by the significant growth in energy storage and EV Vehicles. Now we have scare stories about the scarcity of electricity at certain times of the day, if we all plug in our EV’s to charge. But what about the scarcity of talent?

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