“It was a small class of four or five – that is one of the good things about IMechE courses, they are never too large. There was a lot of time to pause during the presentation and have deep discussions about what had just been presented.
“The course was very good in providing a holistic view of the energy transition process and all the different players. I wanted to know how governments participate. How do the utilities, banks, consultancies, venture capitalists, equipment manufacturers and battery manufacturers adapt to becoming greener? At present, we don’t have the capabilities to store energy from wind, for example, so what are some of the potential solutions?
“If you don’t live this every day, it’s not easy to keep up with this information. For the instructor, John Massey, that’s his full-time job. He showed us the whole energy transition picture in two days. He had all the information to hand and provided us with many references and sources of information that I wouldn’t have known existed – or would have had to dig deep to find. I now have all these references, with links, that I revisit, keeping myself updated on the latest trends.
“Hydrogen is a big source of debate. Many of my customers will have to add hydrogen to their portfolio at some point. John was very good at presenting all the hydrogen technologies, what their limitations are, where you can source them and so on. Once these are consolidated in a few years, industrial software companies will be very interested because it’ll be a huge trend in their business. So, while hydrogen installations are not a major part our target clientele’s business at present, they will become significant, and we need to be ready.
“I had time to ask all the questions I wanted. Some of the questions I asked were not straightforward, but John always had the answers. I got really good answers! Plus, there was the technical information he provided, which was comprehensive, too. He didn’t go very deep into the technical side because that was not the purpose of the course. I think the course struck a good balance between technical, commercial and holistic views.”