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Great North Festival in partnership with Festival of the North East, The Great Debate and NECTER present
Water and wind: Can renewables deliver?
7pm, Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Panel debate looking at a variety of ways in which energy can be obtained from water and wind and asking how much of our future energy requirements they can provide.

Cat Button, Newcastle University
Jonathan Hughes, The National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC)
Richard Murray, Northumbrian Water
Chair: Caspar Hewett

Motion, Midges and the Magician of the North Review by Danny Crossley

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Cat Button

cat Button
Cat Button is Teaching Fellow in School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Her teaching is tailored to her research interests in the environment, development and urbanisms. She teaches on a variety of courses including postgraduate Planning modules in global urbanisms, has previously taught human geography subjects & has undertaken training to become an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Authority.

Cat's research and teaching fold together a diverse and wide range of topics and approaches springing from an interdisciplinary background in architecture, environmental studies & human geography. Her work to date has included: infrastructural urban theory; climate change governance; development geography; science & technology studies; & environmental everyday practice + her doctoral research looked at Domesticating Environmental Responses: rainwater harvesting in middle class Mumbai.

Until April this year, Cat was a Research Associate at Durham University investigating micro-hydro energy in the North East of England.

Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes is Senior Engineer, Reliability & Validation at The National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in Blyth. Jonathan joined Narec in 2008 after completing a Masters of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University.

Since joining Narec, Jonathan has been involved in testing a number of R&D prototype wind and marine generation systems. He also carries out power quality analysis of prototype marine generators installed in grid locations, as well as the specification, design, build, installation and commissioning of the 3MW drive train and 100m blade test facilities and Offshore Anemometry Platform.

Jonathan has also been involved in the testing and proving of all the electrical instrumentation systems within the 15MW drive train test facility and anemometry platform and works with clients to create bespoke real-time and off-line data analysis and manipulation programmes to suit their testing requirements.

Richard Murray

Richard Murray is Head of Wastewater Operations for Northumbrian Water responsible for: all the large sewers; all sewage pumping stations (850+); all Sewage Treatment Works (430) & all Sludge Processing and Sludge recycling operations. He has worked for Northumbrian Water for 23 years on both sides of the business (clean and dirty) following a spell at British Gas and completing a degree in Applied Chemistry. Northumbrian Water have sponsored him through a Masters in leadership and Management.

Outside of Northumbrian Water Richard has a mixed farm producing suckler calves, Wheat, Oats and Barley using the sludge generated by Northumbrian Water as part of his fertiliser input.

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