Showing posts from January, 2014

The Future of Power

SOLAR POWER   It took just 10 minutes for Kevin Arthur to be persuaded that the tiny square of red glass on his fingertips was the future of solar power . He had only recently been involved in a solar energy start-up company and was keen to try his hand at something new. We would still be in the lab if it wasn't for the Technology Strategy Board – they listened to us when nobody else would – and their faith in our technology is seeing fruition right now – we are world leaders in our field -  Kevin Arthur, CEO of Oxford Photovoltaics   But that was before he met the charismatic  Oxford University physicist Dr Henry Snaith and saw his remarkable solar cells.   ‘I went into the room a sceptic and came out a believer,' says Kevin, the Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Photovoltaics. We have been on the most amazing journey with them [Technology Strategy Board] -  Kevin Arthur   Four years later – with a range of Technology Strategy Board fundings under


I’ve just enrolled on a three-year course to become an electrician . It’s a complete career change, but after being made redundant four times from the engineering sector, I want a job that is “recession-proof”. However, because I now attend college during the week, I’m only available to work part-time. I’m worried this could put recruiters off from hiring me. Am I doing the right thing? Steven, 58, via email You’ve certainly taken a bold step, Steven. Throwing your own money and time into a three-year course is not easy and demonstrates your commitment to changing careers. To some extent, your reasons for wanting to become an electrician are sound: businesses and home owners will always need electricians . A word of caution though. The industry is far from “recession proof”. As construction and manufacturing projects have been scaled back over the last few years, so too has the need for all the trades associated with them – and electricians have suffered. David Marshall, of