Since 2010 I’ve been running OpenEnergyMonitor.org project to design and build open-source low carbon tech to help understand and optimise energy consumption and generation. I’ve had a long time interest in energy and technologies to help us transition to zero carbon energy systems. In 2015 I transitioned to owning an EV as our households only vehicle to reduce my own carbon emissions. Over the last few years I’ve accumulated experience driving EVs over the UK and several trips to Europe. In my spare time I run a blog zerocarbonadventures.co.uk to share low carbon travel experiences. I enjoy focusing on practical problems and prefer a hands on approach.
Why are you drawn to this area of work?
I’m enthusiastic to share my knowledge of electric vehicles and help community groups and individuals accelerate the transition to zero-carbon. I recently helped manage a project for Arloesi Gwynedd involving two community share Evs.
What is your vision of your region in 2050?
In 2050 all energy consumption e.g heating, travel, manufacturing will be almost totally electrified and almost all electricity will be generated by renewable sources. The intermittency of renewable generation will be balanced by home and grid storage batteries, we will be encouraged to use energy when it’s most available with dynamic electricity tariffs. Excess electricity generation will be used to create liquid fuel or gas for seasonal storage.
Manufacturing will be largely circular, most materials for new manufacture will be obtained by recycling existing materials.
Large parts of our countryside will be re-wilded and livestock farming will be reduced.