Photo of Martin Wright with quote that reads, 'I predict that energy will follow the path of telecoms.'

In the Green Room with Martin Wright

Mar 13, 2018



In the Green Room we talk to leading figures in sustainable technology to find out how environmental issues shape their lives and behaviour, and how they envision technology will change the world for the better.

This week we spoke to Martin Wright, CEO of Minus 7, which designs and manufactures a revolutionary solar heating, hot water and energy storage system. Installed in social housing schemes, new build homes and in retrofitted projects, Minus 7’s system is able to reduce both heating bills and carbon emissions drastically.

Starting out in the Royal Navy, Martin has had a varied and successful career. As co-founder of the tidal technology company, Marine Current Turbines (MCT), he oversaw the installation of the world’s first grid-connected tidal stream turbine in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough. Martin is chairman of the UK Renewable Energy Association and is involved with a host of other sustainable endeavours.

My tech hero is…

Isambard Kingdom Brunel. An amazing story of design and invention as well as a very human story about the struggles involved in just making new technology happen. The message: never give in.

The most sustainable room in my house is…

No one room in particular. I have concentrated on good insulation, maximising solar gain, and using PV, solar thermal and wind.

The next technology that has the opportunity to transform society….

Will be decentralised energy based on renewable generation. I predict that energy will follow the path of telecoms. Just as telecoms moved from paying for calls by the minute to now having all you want from a fixed price digital link, the same will happen for energy. Intrinsically, renewables can deliver very cheap energy at the point of use. The grid will become the network that ties it all together.

My favourite sustainable company…

(Apart from Minus 7 of course!) is Loch Duart Salmon. They have built a very successful salmon farming business fundamentally based in sustainable practices rooted in working with the environment rather than imposing regime upon it. The results speak for themselves. They consistently produce award-winning produce to customers worldwide. A great example of how nature pays you back if you treat her right.

The first time I became aware of environmental issues was…

Around the age of 19 after leaving school. I read the 'Social Limits to Growth’, ‘Silent Spring’, and Schumacher’s ‘Small is Beautiful’. It has been downhill since then...

My guilty, unsustainable bad habit is…

Driving a fossil fuel car. However, I do have my eyes on a Tesla...

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