In this episode of “THE CONVO,” with guest Dr. Sugandha Srivastav, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford; we explore George Cove’s solar innovations in the early 20th century and their impact on today’s clean energy transition.
Cove invented household solar panels that looked uncannily similar to the ones being installed in homes today – they even had a rudimentary battery to keep power running when the Sun wasn’t shining. Except this wasn’t in the 1970s. Or even the 1950s. This was in 1905.
We also try to uncover the truth behind his kidnapping. Who did it, and why?
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Dr Sugandha Srivastav is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in Environmental Economics at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Her research focuses on designing effective climate policy in low and middle-income countries. She also explores incentives for clean innovation & finance, and the political economy of energy transitions.
Sugandha is an affiliate of the Economics Department, an Early Career Research Fellow at Saïd Business School and a researcher for the Climate Compatible Growth Programme, where she leads the workstream on Economic Policy in low- and middle-income countries. Sugandha was awarded the Distinguished CESifo affiliate award for her work on bringing early-stage green technologies to market.
Sugandha has worked as an environmental and energy economist at Vivid Economics and ICRIER advising governments, private firms, and international organisations on a broad range of issues related to climate, energy, innovation, and natural resource management. She holds a DPhil in Environmental Economics from Oxford, and an MSc in Economics from LSE.