Stronger together… we really are!

Prince Charles took a keen interest in the Marine Source Heat pump. Our stand was snawiched between a one tonne energy producing under water kite and a multi billion pound tidal lagoon. Image thanks to @BangorUniversity

Prince Charles took a keen interest in the Marine Source Heat pump and spent a good amount of time with us. Our stand was sandwiched between a one tonne energy producing under-water kite and a multi billion pound tidal lagoon.Not boring!  Image thanks to @BangorUniversity

It’s been one of those weeks. Here is a quick summary. On Monday we found out that the National Trust in Wales community energy initiative had been put forward for a big award (community energy England partnership award. We have been short-listed for Cyd Ynni approach (Energy together)) This was thanks to one of the groups we work with. Tuesday we were at the launch of the brand new Multi million pound EU funded Bangor University SEACAMS centre on Anglesey. Tuesday evening I was off with my father in law by train and car to a certain football match in France. Wednesday the chat over a coffee network Paul, Simon and I devised won one of the biggest environmental awards in the UK. (see previous blog) Oh i forgot on Monday i was also counting bulbs for LED replacement (real life is good to ground you)… its been a good week

The bit I would like to focus on is partnership working which most of the above is. We have worked with Bangor University for coming on a couple of decades now. We felt honoured to be invited and have a stand and also meet the VIP who was opening the new marine centre (it was all very hush hush and we were not told until the day who it was) Paul and i duly turned up with the obligatory banners and film. Our stand was surrounded by multi billion pound projects that Bangor University support with their what was quoted by said VIP ‘world renowned’ expertise in oceanography. But the bit that got me was what Bangor University excel at the application of research or driving research based on need. Not sure where the marine source heat pump would be without the reassurance we gave to the statutory bodies and I suppose our own senior management that we had such a prestigious partner on board. From detailed seabed surveys, inter tidal laser surveys, micro flora and fauna surveys, before, during and after surveys but also introducing us to a network of others who made our life easier Bangor provided a critical component to the development. We really are ‘stronger together’ and we should be fostering such partnerships for the long-term and not just ‘because I have a project’

Celebrate success even if you don't reach the goal. we  too easily focus on weakness rather than strength.

My Wednesday. Celebrate success even if you don’t reach the goal. We too easily focus on weakness rather than strength. If you work on risk management all of the time you play a certain way… but if you play to your strengths and have commitment… good things happen!

PS the next Bangor University / National Trust Wales project is also on the cusp of being launched. Here is a teaser. It involves heat harvesting from some sort of waste. It will be one of the first of its type (again!)

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