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.

 

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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Brexit – A Farce That Won’t Break Hyperion’s European Objectives

As another Brexit controversy-filled week passes us by, at Hyperion we find ourselves unsurprised and unmoved. Regardless of how the Brexit fiasco pans out, our business model will remain unchanged.

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