Innovation in energy podcast series

Welcome to our ‘Innovation in Energy’ podcast series where we will be exploring some of the latest themes and insights from the energy sector as it goes through a significant transformation, fuelled by new challenges, new ideas and new technologies.

From the smart, flexible grid of the future to implications for strategy and operations, we discuss the new, emerging trends coming from innovation in energy. New episodes on a range of topics related to innovation in energy will be added regularly, with each episode lasting approximately 10-15 minutes. Sign up to listen to the podcasts on your desktop or mobile device, using one of the options below.

Latest episode

Episode 6: Hydrogen - can it help drive us towards a ‘net zero’ world?

June 2019

The UK has become the first large economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 and with this goal in mind, hydrogen is in the ascendancy. After many years on the periphery of energy policy discussions, the energy industry is increasingly talking about hydrogen. This podcast episode features expertise from across the energy world to explore the opportunities, challenges and policy decisions that need to be made so that hydrogen and can fully realise its potential in helping to decarbonize electricity, heat and transport.

Chairing the podcast is Adrian Del Maestro - Director of Research at Strategy& and he is joined by Janine Freeman - Director in Deals in PwC's New Energy practice, Sam Hollister - Director of Economics and Corporate Services at Energy UK, Ed Syson- Chief Strategy and Safety Officer at Cadent Gas and Alan Thomson- Global Leader Energy Systems at Arup.

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Previous episodes

Episode 5: Powering ahead! Making sense of business models in electric vehicle charging

March 2019

Earlier in this innovation series we talked about about the broader developments in EV charging (listen to Episode 3: Electric vehicles - charging for the future). In this episode we are joined by Sam Hollister, Director of Economics and Corporate Services at the trade association Energy UK and Adrian Del Maestro, Director of Research at Strategy&. We discuss the different charging patterns consumers are exploring, how charge point operators are developing a variety of business models and the critical themes that will allow this sector to evolve. Listen to the podcast then find out more about our research.

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Episode 4: Drones - taking the energy sector to new heights

May 2018

In the fourth episode of our podcast series we are joined by Elaine Whyte, UK drones leader at PwC and Jan Sisson, owner and operator of Higher Eyes LLP, providers of airborne engineering inspections using unmanned aircraft. We explore some of the ways drones have the potential to disrupt a range of industries, estimating the market for current business services that could be done by drones at over $127bn globally. Listen to the podcast then find out more about our research in our global report 'Clarity from above'.

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Episode 3: Electric vehicles - charging for the future

April 2018

In this episode we are joined by Graeme Cooper, Project Director for electric vehicles at National Grid and Adrian Del Maestro, Director of Research at Strategy&. We discuss the outlook for and some of the challenges facing charging infrastructure and explore the ways industry and government can work together to make the UK a world leader for new vehicle technology. Listen to the podcast then find out more about our research.

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Episode 2: The new energy system and implications for M&A

January 2018

This episode looks at the implications of the energy transition on deals, as the sector responds to greater fluidity in a period of uncertainty and rapid change. How will companies grapple with the challenges of a more volatile market place?

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Episode 1: The energy transition

November 2017

From electric vehicles taking you to and from work, to solar panels on your roof, it’s clear that there are huge shifts happening in the energy world. In this first episode of our 'Innovation in Energy' series, we discuss some of the broader themes about the energy transition and how technology is disrupting business models across the sector.

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Steve Jennings

Leader of Industry - Energy, Utilities & Resources, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7704 564513

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