Where to start? Well in a very practical sense, anyone that picks up the gauntlet of progressing the way we do things has to be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Whether that is such luminaries as Lord Kelvin or even just personal family such as grandfather, father and brother.
Riches 'Out of this World'
The EU imports €400b/a, and half of this is for heating so we burn it and it vanishes.
The last five years have been tough. We got 30MW of heat pumps in the bag pretty easily and then really struggled to get people to get it. Things are different now. We listened to some advice (definitely not a Liam trait) of Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is and will now offer heat pumps on a financed basis. I think this is will help immeasurably as folk simply couldn’t get their heads round either the risk or the concept or the ROI.
She’s Electric, she’s in a family full of eccentrics ...
Of course, I don’t look back in anger at what has happened as it is all part of the masterplan.
Liam and Noel had several classics. Cigarettes and Alcohol maybe chimes with the idea of using ammonia as a working fluid. It doesn’t seem legal and yet used safely, such as the projects on the roof of Great Ormond St Hospital and the QE2 Conference Centre in London, it seems that taken seriously it is the right choice. We certain want to Roll with It, and I certainly won’t let anybody get in my way.
In reality there are lots of inspiring, enthusiastic people out there – even some big Oasis fans who know what heat pumps are - Ciaran?
We don’t live in an autocracy and it frustrates the hell out of me that we seem to think that competition brings us closer to perfection. In terms of the utilities and infrastructure they need to be managed well and professionally, but competition doesn’t lead to lower cost. It leads to short termism. How can any CEO sanction an investment that takes five years to break even if on average he will be in a new job in three.
However the planets do seem to be aligning and the other novel ideas of burning gas locally in CHPs or importing wood chips are being seen for what they are...unsustainable.
Will we all be using peat pump in 20 years? No idea; but maybe we need a little time to wake up...
I am convinced that the future is an Oasis. At least definitely maybe.