"The start of this new decade will hopefully be looked back upon in the years to come as an inflection point in the journey to electrification."
Currently studying a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh University, Richard joins us for a 6 month industrial placement. Involved in a variety of projects including battery production improvements, IP testing and supply chain research, we caught up with him to learn more about his expected industry trends and ambitious plans for the future.
What drew you to Engineering?
Early years at school were essential for sparking my interest in Engineering. Much was made of the global issue of climate change and how the onus is on my generation to lead the transition to sustainable energy. Naturally, I was inspired to study engineering as a means of playing my part in this green technology revolution.
What industry trends do you expect to see in the next 10 years?
The start of this new decade will hopefully be looked back upon in the years to come as an inflection point in the journey to electrification. I expect to see the economic and engineering benefits of an electric motor coupled with lithium-ion batteries lead to accelerated reduction of market dominance of fossil-fuel powered devices in all but a few applications. Advances in power electronics, battery chemistries and manufacturing will make this case ever more compelling.
What engineering problem do you hope to solve throughout your career?
The problem I am most fascinated by is energy storage, hence I am delighted to be at Hyperdrive learning the fundamentals of battery systems design and manufacturing. There is no one size fits all solution to this problem, and each application has a specific technology that is best suited to it. I hope to contribute towards bringing individual consumers the ability to store their own electricity throughout my career.
What are your goals for the next 5 years?
My 5 year plan includes returning to University after this placement to complete my Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, followed by a Masters in Carbon Finance. With this skill set I hope to work on engineering projects, with a focus on economical viability. I hope to gain a place in a team as a graduate engineer within the green technology industry, as I work towards Engineering Chartership.