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Coffee Break with…Dr Daniel Richardson

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Once a month, we share a morning coffee break with one of the Powerstar team to find out more insight into their day-to-day role and why they enjoy working within the Energy sector.

This month, we’ve caught up Dr Daniel Richardson, our PV Design and Proposals Lead. Here’s what he had to say…

What was your first job role within the Energy Sector?

My first job role within the energy sector was as a solar PV and micro-wind system designer at a microgeneration start-up back in 2011. The UK feed-in-tariff scheme was just taking off and while micro-wind hasn’t increased too rapidly since, PV’s rise has been exponential.

Describe a typical day at Powerstar

As a PV specialist at Powerstar my typical day is primarily involved with supporting the proposal and delivery of projects that involve an element of PV. This type of project is becoming increasingly common as our customers move towards their net zero and energy cost reduction targets. It involves assessing the feasibility of PV and the benefits it will bring to each project, in particular in combination with our BESS systems. With the recent rise in electricity prices, it is becoming increasingly attractive to try and use as much self-generated energy as possible by utilising a BESS.

What do you enjoy the most about working in Energy?

The fact that our world runs on it. It is absolutely essential for our modern quality of life. Working on projects that makes Energy greener and more efficient brings a great deal of satisfaction.

Are there any drawbacks to working in this sector?

The pace of change right now is very rapid – it can take a lot of time to keep up with developments!

What’s your proudest achievement to date?

I’ve helped develop projects that have offset more than 8000 tonnes of CO2, and counting.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

I love the outdoors, particularly mountains, where I enjoy hiking, climbing and camping among them.

Advancements in technology often cause significant changes in many industries, such as energy. What recent technological advances have had the biggest impact on your personal life?

The expanding superfast fibre broadband network. This, along with an increasing number of remote working tools, allows me to work remotely and no longer be tied to a polluting commute.

If you had to give one piece of advice to people seeking jobs in energy, what would it be?

Look ahead for the changes. Energy is a rapidly evolving industry at the moment, so someone who is prepared for those changes is always valuable.

Why Powerstar?

I joined Powerstar because of its expertise in technologies that complement PV, and so would fit well with my skillset. I’ll be staying for the friendly atmosphere and the sense of making a positive difference for customers and the world.

Describe Team Powerstar in 3 words

Skilled. Energetic. Growing.

Although only a few months into the role, Daniel is a vital part of the Powerstar family, and we look forward to working with him for many years to come.


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