Name: Roger Bradley
Organisation: Open University
Role: Associate lecturer
What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
I remember being intrigued by the idea of getting hot water from sunlight. And working on converting old radiators, by painting them black, into solar collectors. My father and I made a heat exchanger to go in the flue pipe on a stove. Many years later, when I returned to study with the open University, I found the environmental and energy aspects of the S102 foundation science course rekindled my interest.
What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
I have solar PV and micro-CHP installed in my house. We took part in a study by the Carbon Trust, which was aimed at evaluating the use of micro-CHP and in particular the Whispergen unit.
What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
I want to develop self-sufficiency in energy and also to explore and expand growing our own food and vegetables particular.
How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?
I'm optimistic at the local and regional level though at the global level I suspect we are in for difficult times.
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