My maths was never the best but no I haven’t completely lost the plot!
In the latest episode of the Leaders in Cleantech podcast we spoke to Simon Bushell from demand-response specialist Sympower.
We enjoyed a superb discussion about a wide range of topics including how renewable growth is affecting the demand response industry and how 1+1=3; how honesty for leaders is always the best policy; and how the covid pandemic has highlighted the positives and negatives of remote working.
Here is my summary of the key insights:
1. The more renewables, emobility and cleantech we add to our energy systems the more we learn. And that’s how 1+1 = 3: more data from more assets and more asset combinations drives more accurate operational performance improvements at an exponential rate so at this stage of our journey we are all learning very fast.
2. The people you need to take an initial idea to early market status aren’t always the right people to help scale the business for substantial growth. Interestingly Simon’s approach is to have early conversations with people who fall into that category and work out a way to add value to the business in either a different or an enhanced role that fits the skills and abilities of each individual. Very impressive.
3. The covid 19 pandemic has launched all of us into a very steep learning curve in so many areas. Simon spoke about the positives for productivity but also how we are all now realising the real value of meeting our colleagues, partners and customers face to face – there’s no substitute.
Simon is typical of the nearly 60 cleantech start-up founders I've interviewed on the podcast so far.
In that he, like them, isn't typical, and that is what makes the conversations so interesting, the insights so useful, and the journeys they are on so interesting.
This is also why I love not just interviewing cleantech founders on the podcast, but working with them day in day out, supporting their growth and helping to build their teams. And to think I get paid to do this too!!
Hear more from Simon on our latest podcast here
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.