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BetaTalk is the recent winner of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2020 communication category “which recognises an organisation who has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables or clean technology with key opinion formers: parliament, government or the public”Nathan Gambling known as BetaTeach on Twitter discusses energy and the transition to low carbon technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps with some of the best renewable engineers. He is uni ...
 
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John Cantor has been working with heat pumps since the late 70s and with refrigeration much earlier. He wrote his book along with Gavin DJ Harper (one of the BetaTalk guest battery experts) back in 2010 just before the renewable heat incentive came into play. He is joined by regular guests Ken and Steve who are big fans of John's pioneering work. I…
 
Decarbonising heat is a world wide challenge and Nathan had a conversation with Nate in Virginia USA to see what is going on over there. Season 4 has a short bulletin at the end of each episode where Nathan and the Welsh Government Optimised Retrofit team listen to coal face engineers to learn about any issues and barriers they think they may face …
 
In this episode Nathan chats to his friend Colin King from Sero group who manage the Welsh Governments Optimised Retrofit programme and are season 4 sponsor of BetaTalk. Colin spent time at the BRE and is highly regarded voice within retrofit. He helped develop the PAS 2035 standards which came about from the Each Home Counts review. Nathan is also…
 
We have a great chat with regular guest Steve about a solar thermal hybrid system he has recently commissioned for a customer. In the bulletin at the end we speak with Paul, a past president at the CIPHE about any barriers into renewables and retrofit. Sign up to the email at http://www.betateach.co.uk/ to learn more about Steve and other engineers…
 
Join James P and James C from Elite, a renewable and gas installation company based in Hull. We hear about their experience with the green homes grant and the renewable heat incentive and the uptake of heat pumps. James P comes from the PV industry and we learn how he teamed up with partner James from the gas boiler industry. We also chat with Lee …
 
In part 1 we heard Steve's common heat pump mistakes now we get to hear from another #betatalk heat architect Si Poskett. It's worth remembering heat pumps are just the heat source on a system, rather like a boiler is the heat source on a system. It is understanding the system as a whole which is the important part. If you wish to learn about hydro…
 
Heat Pumps are fantastic technology. They first trialed in homes in 1948. But they do have to be installed and used correctly. In the first episode we listen to Steve, one of the BetaTalk Heat Architects. In the second episode we listen to Si Poskett another BetaTalk Heat Architect Want to learn all about hydronics to help you in your profession? W…
 
Nathan talks to Victor Hyman who is the executive director of climate care, a cooperative of around 30 HVAC contractors in Ontario Canada, and Robin Curtis who has been involved with ground and water source heat pumps for many moons. This episode covers some history of GSHP as well as discussing what open loop and closed loop systems are both in wa…
 
Nathan discusses how he thinks LA's will need to know who the good engineers are and how the self employed may not want to become MCS. He also introduces us to BetaTeach, the methodology needed for effective training and how LA's, Manufacturers and Associations can all pledge their support.By Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
 
Local Area Energy Plans are something this seasons sponsors Energy Systems Catapult are keen to promote. Different parts of the country will require different stratagies to decarbonise heat, distribute power and organise transport. In the episode Nathan talks to community hero John Talylor who is involved with Greater South East Energy Hub, one of …
 
Agile tariffs, wholesale electricity price, peak and off peak electricity are some of the themes being discussed here with Nathan's guests Helen and Karalos from https://www.evergreenenergy.co.uk/ and Leah from https://www.yourenergyyourway.co.uk/ Nathan is talking to Evergreen Energy about the Homely device, a thermostat which monitors electricity…
 
In the first episode after betatalk won the British Renewable Energy Awards communication category Nathan is joined by two of his favourite engineers Steve and Steve. Along for the ride is Dominic representing the consumer perspective but who ls has vast experience regarding heat loss measurement and building fabric. Topics and themes discussed are…
 
This episode was recorded mid 2020 Nathan discusses heat as a service with Matthew Lipson, Dave Smith and Jayesh Kanbi. Matthew works at https://es.catapult.org.uk/ (energy systems catapult) and has experience working at the Dept of Energy & Climate Change (now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ) and the Climate Change Commi…
 
In this episode Nathan speaks with Adam Chapman from https://heatgeek.com/ about his experience with becoming MCS accredited. It's often heard how MCS is very complex for a heating engineer to undertake so Adam tries to help alleviate any of the mystery. Adam is finding the process enjoyable and hopefully we will see many more smaller companies and…
 
In this episode Nathan speaks with Adam Chapman from Vito Energy and heat geek which is an excellent resource for consumers and engineers. This episode centres around what we can do right now to our heating systems to reduce carbon emissions. Fabric First is inculcated and for obvious reasons. However, there is often something which can be done to …
 
In this episode Nathan's guests myth bust heat pumps. He is joined by Bean from the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and Heat Pump Federation; Robin who is also from the GSHPA and Bill, a heat pump specialist. All 3 guests are engineers with a vast amount of knowledge with heat pump technology. Heat pumps are a recognised technology for helping …
 
In this episode Nathan discusses with Evergreen Energy how consumers are able to get help with the upfront cost of renewable heating technology. Evergreen Energy are an OFGEM approved investor who are able to offer consumers the chance to assign the RHI (renewable heat incentive) payments over to them in order to have a heat pump system installed a…
 
The first episode of season 3 discusses the green home energy grant with renewable heating engineers Leah and Steve and also Kathryn from the University of Lancaster For more information around this grant from the government visit the SimpleEnergy Advice website. This episode highlights how hard it can be for consumers and find out why Steve and ot…
 
Graeme Fox Head of REFCOM - provider of F-Gas Schemes, James Baker, Renewable Heat Engineer (both land and sea) and Lisa-Jayne Cook a refrigeration engineer and along with Graham a board member of IOR Institute of Refrigeration 01:00 Graham describes how REFCOM was set up to provide quality environmental standards. Very interesting how the recovery…
 
00.40 Paul Hull's experience in Denmark where there are lots of heat networks. He was out there. to look at heat recovery systems. He talks about how heat is captured from FaceBook's servers 01.35 Flue recovery for capturing heat 02.40 Energy wastage in the UK and energy efficiency 03.30 Building Management Systems 04.40 District Heating systems be…
 
Guests: Ingo Leusbrock Head of department "Cities and Networks" at AEE Institute For Sustainable Technologie a Non-profit research institute in Gleisdorf, Austria https://www.aee-intec.at/index.php?lang=en Research and demonstration on renewable energy and energy and resource efficiency with strong focus on the thermal. This includes district heati…
 
Visit the BetaTeach Youtube Channel where you'll be able to see my BetaTalk guests. Please like and subscribe. 00:30 Heat Pump manufacturer training 01:58 Heat Pump supply chain issues. Heat Pump and solar thermal technology is not ordinarily stocked in plumbing merchants. Getting it delivered often involves extra contingency and logistics. 05:36 S…
 
Subscribe to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes and find this episode also on the BetaTeach Youtube Channel. Please leave a good review to help others interested in these essential topics find us through search engines. Heat Pump podcasts I imagine a few and far between. This one likes to meet the engineers installing heat pumps, solar thermal syst…
 
Phil Hurley MD of NIBE and the vice chairperson of the Heat Pump Association, Paul Hull the campaign director of Gas Safe Super Hero's and Keith Harrison discuss with Nathan on the BetaTeach BetaTallk podcast how gas and oil engineers can transition to low carbon heating technologies such as heat pumps and solar heat.…
 
Dan and Robert Llewellyn (from Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge fame) are extremely well known for their love of electric vehicles which they discuss on the hugely popular Fully Charged Show. However, they are passionate about ALL forms of renewable energy and will soon be doing a lot more about the available technology to heat our homes and hot w…
 
Active buildings, energy storage, lithium ion batteries and strategic materials, it's all here. Listen to podcast friend Dr Gavin Harper a Faraday Institution Research Fellow School of Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham University chat with Dr Jen Baker from SPECIFIC at the University of Swansea about sustainability and second life batteries. Also…
 
Heat Pumps are the topic on the second podcast recorded via Zoom on lockdown. However, this is the first episode to ever be uploaded to youtube which you can fine here https://youtu.be/HynxIiEuP1Y Nathan chats to UK heating engineer Lee Fischer who is based in Lincoln, regular guest Richard Lowes and Jan Rosenow Principal and European Programme Dir…
 
Can Low Loss Headers and Buffer tanks be installed onto heat pump systems and other renewable heating topics are discussed in this episode but also land regeneration and how soil locks in carbon. Nathan speaks with regular guest host Brandon who is currently on lockdown in New Zealand with his family. Some topics discussed: Comparison of New Zealan…
 
Low temp heating design along with heat pumps is todays discussion at the HQ of Grant who are well known in the industry. Grant is essentially an off-grid company known in the heating sector for their oil boilers, heat pumps and Nathan’s favourite: Solar Heat or also known as Solar Thermal. Nathan gets to chat with Grant’s training manager Phil, an…
 
Ground source heat pumps is still the topic at Kensa. Lots of topics to listen to including: Kensa explain how they are part of the commissioning process Bill explains the importance of installers and customers understanding controls We discuss how heat pump systems run very differently to conventional systems and training currently has not been gr…
 
Kensa Ground Source Heat Pumps are the topic of this weeks betatalk podcast. Nathan took along some of his usual guest engineers to Kensa's HQ to have a chat about heat pumps, training and their "shoebox" design for district and community heating systems. Topics discussed are: Geology of the UK Drilling bore holes for heat pumps Calculating the gro…
 
Meet Emma, Sue, Alan, Lee and Andrew members of a team based in Sheffield and Perth Scotland who specialise in heat pump installations. With over a 100 years of combined experience Nathan enjoyed his visit to chat with the team. Nathan and Emma chat regularly on Social Media and her passion about standards and design within this sector really shows…
 
In this episode Nathan travelled to meet Rebecca from Building People and Abi Burns and Leah Robson from Your Energy Your Way. The discussion considered inclusion and diversity within the renewable and construction sector. Abi comes from a research background and is now training with Your Energy Your Way so we touched on training within the renewab…
 
Carbon capture storage, gas networks, Future Homes Standard it's all discussed in part 2 of Ken Bone and Nathan's trip to Cornwall to meet with Richard Lowes. In this episode we are also joined by Sovay Berriman who discusses her transition into the heating world from art and higher education. At the beginning of the episode you will hear Richard t…
 
Energy and sustainable policy is the topic of this episode. Nathan travels to meet with Richard Lowes, a wonderful gentleman well known in area of heat policy within the UK. Richard has worked on policy regarding the future of the gas grid and started a PhD in 2014 which looked at the development of policy within the heating industry: how it starte…
 
Bristol heating engineers Ben, Simon and Craig chat with Nathan about renewables and the gas heating industry. They discuss the importance of heating system design and how it is vital to obtain efficiency. In this episode you will hear about the types of renewable heating these engineers have worked with and how social housing would benefit from re…
 
Once again Nathan speaks to Brandon and Richard for this podcast on heatpumps. This time we have Brandon's nephew with us who is an apprentice. So a little training theme within this episode. Accountability is a main theme e.g. what happens if heat pumps are installed incorrectly. Other topics include: Data Efficiency IoT and its use within the hea…
 
Solar Thermal (Solarheat) heating is very misunderstood. It is not only clean it is free and maybe this is why it's not in many of the discourses around decarbonisation. While there are many concerned individuals and organisations engendering discussions around decarbonisation a lot of the time they are misinformed. Take a listen to engineers who w…
 
Renewable heat is a hot topic, pardon the pun, and to kick start a new season of BetaTalk Nathan visits expert engineers Brandon from https://www.btseheating.com/ Ken from https://www.renewable-heat.co.uk/ and Richard from https://theintergasshop.co.uk/ In this episode Nathan introduces MCS who will sponsor this season's episodes. They will all hav…
 
Retrofitting heat pumps or installing heat pumps in new builds is a hot topic. Here Nathan chats with Ken Bone from https://www.renewable-heat.co.uk, Paul from Highland Plumbing & Heating Ltd ( https://t.co/aBzV2fwgCR?amp=1) and father and son team James and Ashley from http://h2o-plumbingandheating.co.uk. All have some experience with heat pumps a…
 
Diploma Plumbing Students make up the majority of students on plumbing courses. Contrary to popular belief, not all school leavers go onto uni to for A levels. Hundreds of thousands enrol each year onto college construction and building services course. Most will never enter industry as the apprenticeship opportunities simple are not out there for …
 
Heating system design is back in vogue (it never should have gone out of fashion as it's extremely vital). Here, Nathan travels to Northampton to visit Kim where he trains heating engineers in system design. It should always be noted that the heat source whether it's a boiler or heat pump requires an efficient heating system otherwise there is no r…
 
IMI Hydronic training was taking place at the Guilford gas centre being set up by Tony Rees. It gave me the opportunity to speak with some of the plumbing and heating apprentices and diploma students who attend the college there. This is a 3 parter as I was able to talk to ten students in total. Here are the first three. Fantastic episode this. Lea…
 
IMI Hydronic training attracts some great engineers. Listen to Nathan chat with Al, Kevin and Jo from The Heating Hub. Topics discussed: How IMI are bringing science back into heat engineering Boiler companies will have to adapt quickly Do sites like BOXT add value to the industry What is The Heating Hub Oversizing Pipework Will smaller boiler comp…
 
Gas Safety Week raises awareness within the heating industry and Nathan has been joined by Paul Hull from the Gas Safety Super Heroes and Rob Howard from Gas Safe to discuss the various topics surrounding gas safety. Topics Discussed What happens on your first gas safe inspection Personal CO alarms Training issues, problems and ACS Could manufactur…
 
In part one of this late night discussion Brandon, Steve and Dyfed chat about some of the practical misconceptions surrounding heat pumps, rural oil heating and MCS paperwork. There is also talk about: How they all entered industry: Steve from the army, Brandon from boat building and Dyfed who nearly followed his father's footsteps - a highly regar…
 
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