This means we have to think differently. So, when one developer asked us whether the interconnector could be deliberately overloaded for a short period – to take advantage of high winds – we looked into it, even though the scheme had already been designed. Working with the equipment supplier, we established it would be possible.
We could simply have said no, but I think not necessarily taking no for an answer is an important quality in a #wspchangemaker. That’s why I’ve always admired Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I love his brainstorming spirit. And, while engineering today is a lot safer than in his day, I think it’s a shame we don’t have more of his fearless attitude.
While much of Brunel’s work is still prominent today, my team’s projects are largely hidden from view. It might sound odd, but that’s something I’m proud of. My planning colleagues recently worked with the local community to secure approval for an interconnector in the UK, where the cable will be dug unobtrusively beneath a popular beach. Nobody playing on the sand will have any idea about the low-carbon electricity flowing deep beneath their feet.