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Primitive Energy Storage

Energy generation and storage strategy are clearly a hot topic given the global circumstances. Here in the UK we’ve gone some way to solving the renewable generation problem – but we’re a long way from solving the storage problem. In other words when the wind doesn’t blow we haven’t stored enough energy to fill the gap before the wind picks up – hence the share of hydrocarbons required goes up.

CNN explored an interesting project which is looking at how to create storage in a very basic form; effectively storing the gravitational potential of an object. That can be done either above ground, or below ground (mine shafts).

The next few years is going to see a transformation in generation and storage capability; something almost laughably simple was great to see within the mix of hyper-complex emerging technologies in this field.


9th February

Very pleased to see this news around nuclear fusion breakthrough get a good level of media coverage, it’s arguably the most important news of the year. It’s exciting to imagine a world with a steady, immense production cycle for electricity with limited environmental impact. The current forms of energy production all have significant drawbacks; whether in environmental or supply and storage terms – nuclear fusion has the potential to solve those and fundamentally change the way we create and utilise energy.

Of course the ultimate impact isn’t just around how we create energy but more importantly how we utilise it. Energy supply and energy ubiquity will accelerate innovation both for technologies we currently recognise but also those we don’t.

Exciting times.

Covid Perception

Since the start of the pandemic I’ve been surprised by how the perceived risk of Covid has differed markedly from the actual risk.

That’s not to say that concern around an infectious disease is irrational, but with the burden of serious disease and death so heavily skewed towards 60+ numbers shown in the thread below still shock me.

An interesting week to come…

As we enter a big week in British politics:

“The blood is in the water, the sky is dark with chickens coming home to roost, and — sploosh! — that sound you hear is downflooding.

I found this to be a good take on who I think will be the next Prime Minister, no doubt after seeing off a spirited challenge from Liz Truss.

My personal hope is that Rishi gets there. We need a firmer economic ideology and a more pro-business approach as we emerge from the pandemic and he’s one of the few candidates who can combine that with a relative level of popularity with the public.

Sasha in the Lab

Working from home has meant more time with music on my headphones.

I’ve been going back to some of the DJs I listened to twenty five years ago, including the Son of God – Sasha.

This set is from earlier this year and is sublime. The pacing, the mixing, the atmosphere and I love how we gets immersed in the rhythms.

Which led me to track down this, which I love.

Technology & Business – Connecting the Dots

When business systems are at peak performance levels, and employees productivity is rising, providers’ customer satisfaction and retention rates will likely be high. Technology is all about operational efficiencies, automation, and objectives today, not RAM and petabytes.

The language shift may seem subtle, but its impact on the channel is enormous. Tech professionals must speak in terms of their customers issues and objectives, not the finer points of systems that have little knowledge or interest in. Providers must communicate using the terminology business professionals are most comfortable with and truly care about. Those that can talk the talk are on their way to healthier and more productive relationships with their clients.

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