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This podcast will highlight the stories from the front line of inspiring sustainability. Host, Adam Woodhall, is an advisor, activator and author for sustainability: "I'm passionate about celebrating the flourishing society we live in; supporting individuals and organisations to abundantly connect with their own values, each other and our shared home; and expressing my values by working with people to generate transformative action." Find out more here: www.inspiring-sustainability.com
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Inspiring Sustainability - Podcast Adam Woodhall

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This podcast will highlight the stories from the front line of inspiring sustainability. Host, Adam Woodhall, is an advisor, activator and author for sustainability: "I'm passionate about celebrating the flourishing society we live in; supporting individuals and organisations to abundantly connect with their own values, each other and our shared home; and expressing my values by working with people to generate transformative action." Find out more here: www.inspiring-sustainability.com
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    #034: From Rock n Roll to Renewable Fintech - Phillip Bruner of Enian

    #034: From Rock n Roll to Renewable Fintech - Phillip Bruner of Enian

    Phillip Bruner is the CEO of Enian, a platform that makes investment in renewable energy projects easy for investors large and small. In a fascinating podcast with Adam Woodhall (left-side in the show picture), Phil shares both his journey and the challenges and opportunities that renewables is facing. In addition, he gives insightful advice on how to get involved in renewable energy.
    Phil (right-side in the show picture) is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience working at every stage of a renewable energy deal from project conception to completion. He is the Founder of the Green Investment Forum, a private dinner club of market leaders in project finance and wealth management.
    In this episode Phil shares his personal experiences from Rock n Roll frontman, founding of the Sustainable Community Energy Network, launching Enian and the experience of crowdfunding that they are currently going through.
    Topics covered:
    How his career in academia led him to the entrepreneurial worldThe importance of partnerships and collaboratingHow to generate network effects to grow a tech platformWhy crowdfunding is a good strategy for a technology companyWhat it means to be building a fossil fuel free worldHow to start a career in renewable energy
    Useful links:
    Enian - https://enian.co/
    Phillip Bruner's Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pbruner/
    Phillip Bruner's Twitter - https://twitter.com/phibrune
    Enian's Blog - https://medium.com/enian
    Podcast host Adam Woodhall:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/adamwoodhall
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/
    Inspiring Sustainability - http://www.inspiring-sustainability.com
    Podcasting Delivery Partner:
    Woon Tan of Podcast Publishing: http://podcastpublishing.help
    Chapters:
    [02:46] Why are you passionate about renewables?
    [03:36] How long have you been working in the renewables industry?
    [06:01] What is Enian?
    [06:37] Why Enian now?
    [12:45] Who else is in the Enian team?
    [14:21] What are your ambitions for Enian?
    [17:29] How does Enian make money and how do they plan to scale the platform?
    [18:35] How to get involved in the renewable energy sector?
    [21:32] Examples of partnerships and impact
    [23:30] The Rock and Roll career of Phil and his personal journey.
    [30:06] What it means to be living in a fossil fuel free world?

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    #033: Why Some Clean Technologies Fail While Others Succeed - Clive Hall of Rushlight Events

    #033: Why Some Clean Technologies Fail While Others Succeed - Clive Hall of Rushlight Events

    Clive Hall, founder of Rushlight Events and London Cleantech Cluster, chairman London Community Resource Network, and a Fellow of the RSA discusses the keys to building successful sustainability solutions and clean technologies start-ups, why he is inspired by the circular economy and the evolution of the Rushlight events. He talks passionately about why he has carried the torch for the cleantech sector as different buzzwords come and go.
    The conversation shares some powerful entrepreneurial advice for founders of cleantech and sustainable companies. Reminding startups to think about their route to market, Clive said that ‘its better to have a small percent of something than 100% percent of nothing.’
    Topics covered in this episode:
    Tips for cleantech entrepreneurs and how to get your startup investment‘Its not the best technology but the best business that wins’Why Clive is passionate about the circular economyThe Rushlight Show on 30th January, upcoming investor evening briefings and the Summer ShowcaseEvolution of the cleantech eventsThe reason behind the name ‘Rushlight’
    Useful links:
    Rushlight Show - https://www.rushlightevents.com
    Clive Hall's Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/clive-hall-68740a/
    Rushlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/rushlight
    Innovate UK - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk
    BEIS - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
    Venner Shipley - https://www.vennershipley.co.uk/
    Carbon Limiting Technologies - https://www.carbonlimitingtechnologies.com/
    Granted Consultancy - https://grantedltd.co.uk/
    Everoze - http://everoze.com/
    Flanders Investment and Trade - https://www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/en
    Prova - https://provapr.co.uk/
    Where did the word "Rushlight" come from - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rushlight
    Chapters:
    [00:38] Who is Clive Hall?
    [02:53] What ignited the passion of Clive?
    [06:30] Why Rushlight?
    [09:35] Evolution of cleantech
    [15:06] Favourite technology or companies
    [18:31] Focus on effective storytelling
    [20:48] Routes to market
    [22:00] Why marine energy hasn't been the vanguard of renewable energy
    [23:02] Advice for cleantech company
    [25:20] Understanding yourself as an entrepreneur
    [26:27] Evolution of cleantech events
    [28:22] What is the Rushlight Show and who attends the event?
    [30:58] Circular economy
    [38:00] Rushlight Awards, Investor briefings
    Podcast host, Adam Woodhall, is an advisor to cleantech, circular economy and sustainable startups on their growth stories. Connect with him here:
    https://twitter.com/adamwoodhall
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/
    http://www.inspiring-sustainability.com

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    • 42 min
    #032: Cleantech + #ClimateAction motivations, frustrations, challenges and opportunities – Hugh Parnell of Cambridge Cleantech

    #032: Cleantech + #ClimateAction motivations, frustrations, challenges and opportunities – Hugh Parnell of Cambridge Cleantech

    The passionate brainchild behind Cambridge Cleantech, Hugh Parnell gives a broad and deep insight into this critical industry as it is today including; the market failings it faces and how to overcome them, the relevance of his own acronym, EECO, the three S’s for start-up success, why we need inspiration from successful cleantech heroes and the collective approach needed to resolve global environmental issues. 
    Recorded at the start of COP24, the global climate talks, in Adam Woodhall’s #GameChanger interview we learn how after a working for two decades in the oil industry, Hugh changed course in the year 2000 and has been involved in many environmental ventures in the two decades since and has helped grow a vibrant angel network.  
    In addition to his stimulating insights, we go on fascinating journey through his cleantech career, including being the founder and Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech and also non-exec director of five companies, including Enval a ground-breaking circular economy solution.
    With the aim of supporting and promoting commercial activities to encourage environmental sustainability initiatives, Cambridge Cleantech are a proactive connector in the green and eco technology solutions space. Hugh first met Adam at the recent Cleantech Venture Day in London, run by Cambridge Cleantech in partnership with the Nordic Innovation Accelerator, where he Chaired this prestigious networking event to bring together start-up companies, larger established organisations and investors.
    Useful Links:
    Hugh Parnell - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hughparnellincambridge
    Cambridge Cleantech - www.cambridgecleantech.org.uk
    Enval - www.enval.com
    Nordic Innovation Accelerator - https://www.nordicinnovationaccelerator.com
    Cleantech Venture Day - http://www.cleantechday.com/london/
    Meet The Buyer Events - https://www.cambridgecleantech.org.uk/events/greater-london-authority-meet-the-buyer-event
    Podcast host, Adam Woodhall, is an advisor to cleantech, circular economy and sustainable startups on their growth stories. Connect with him here:
    https://twitter.com/adamwoodhall
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/
    http://www.inspiring-sustainability.com
    Chapters:
    [02:55] Hugh Parnell - background and career
    [04:15] Hugh’s version of eco – an explanation of the EECO framework
    [11:23] Governmental obligations and expectations
    [13:08] The motivation behind Hugh’s two decades years in the cleantech industry
    [15:47] The three S’s – scale, speed and strength: Reality in transforming ideas into business
    [17:42] Market failings in the cleantech space and how to overcome these
    [19:22] Challenges in the progression of cleantech and sustainable enterprises
    [21:56] Evolution of Cambridge Cleantech, their purpose and mission
    [24:40] How Cambridge Cleantech is supporting companies to achieve scale
    [28:00] Enval circular economy technology
    [31:40] Why we need a language that better describes the current situation
    [33:30] Importance of designing products with reusable and recyclable options in mind

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    • 36 min
    #031: Game Changers squared: mainstreaming 1000 sustainability solutions – Willem van Hasselt of Solar Impulse Foundation

    #031: Game Changers squared: mainstreaming 1000 sustainability solutions – Willem van Hasselt of Solar Impulse Foundation

    The Solar Impulse Foundation both celebrates and promotes game changing solutions and is a game changing organisation itself. In Adam Woodhall’s Inspiring Sustainability interview with Willem van Hasselt we learn where they are on this exciting, and necessary, journey.
    In 2003 global adventurer Betrand Picard decided to prove that you could fly around the world without use of fossil fuel. A 16-year-old Willem saw Betrand speak about his ambitions and was inspired to follow him in delivering a more sustainable world. In 2016, flying the Solar Impulse 2, Betrand fulfilled his ambition, and then launched the Solar Impulse Foundation. In 2018, Willem fulfilled his, by joining the Foundation as Investor Relations Manager.
    The Foundation established ‘The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions’ and in the interview we discuss how they are bringing together the main actors involved in developing, financing and promoting products, services and technologies that can mitigate climate change, protect the environment and create clean growth.
    If you are an innovator, entrepreneur or investor in cleantech and environmental sustainability, and want to be a member of the Foundation, create your free account on their website. Then you can apply to become a ‘Labelled Solution’: (https://solarimpulse.com/members/subscribe)
    Highlights of this episode: 
    * What was learnt from flying around the world using only solar power
    * The types of cleantech ventures they are working with - from re-engineered wood to acid regeneration and from maritime to the building industry
    * How far into the 1000 ‘Labelled Solutions’ they are
    * Why profitability is essential for sustainability
    * How Willem is inspired by the collaborative nature of sustainable entrepreneurs
    * The ventures the foundation are looking to partner with
    * Betrand’s three key things which he shared with Willem 18 years ago
    Useful Links:
    Podcast host, Adam Woodhall:
    - https://twitter.com/adamwoodhall
    - https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/
    Inspiring Sustainability: http://www.inspiring-sustainability.com
    Solar Impulse Foundation online: https://solarimpulse.com/
    Connect with Willem on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willemvanhasselt/
    Follow Solar Impulse Foundation and Bertand on Twitter:
    - https://twitter.com/solarimpulse
    - https://twitter.com/bertrandpiccard
    Cleantech Venture Day run by Cambridge Cleantech:
    - http://www.cleantechday.com/london/
    - http://cambridgecleantech.org.uk/
    Cleantech startups featured:
    - Bound For Blue (Rigid Wing Sail System) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions/bound4blue-wingsail-system-for-fuel-efficiency-in-the-shipping-industry
    - REGMAX (Acid regeneration system for pickling steel) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions-design/regmax
    - WooDoo (Reengineered Wood) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions-design/woodoo
    United World College Singapore https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/
    Chapters: 
    [0:58] What is the Solar Impulse Foundation
    [2:20] Examples of cleantech ventures on their platform and who they partner with
    [4:00] The genesis of the venture
    [8:38] The bigger picture of the foundation
    [11:03] How they review if a solution is profitable
    [12:20] Why it’s so important to be profitable
    [14:24] Dealing with people who don’t care about the environment
    [24:08] How Willem was inspired from a young age
    [30:00] Bertrand’s quote that WiIlem lives by everyday

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    • 32 min
    #030: Science fiction to renewable reality: nuclear fusion energy - Dr Melanie Windridge of Tokamak Energy

    #030: Science fiction to renewable reality: nuclear fusion energy - Dr Melanie Windridge of Tokamak Energy

    Fusing the energy of the sun and start-ups is the topic of this podcast, where we find out how Tokamak Energy is planning to recreate the power of the sun... on a business park in Oxfordshire, and thus deliver almost limitless renewable energy.
    Physicist and communications consultant at Tokamak Energy, and polar explorer and conqueror of Everest, Dr Melanie Windridge, explains how nuclear fusion is not science fiction, but an energy source that will be clean, green and safe.
    Fusion energy has famously always been 30 years away from commercial utilisation, starting from the first international agreement to build a fusion reactor by the leaders of the USA and USSR, Reagan and Gorbachev, in 1985. There is still no clarity on when this massive global initiative will start producing energy commercially.
    Tokamak Energy, which started in 2009, is developing a small scale fusion reactor, which recently reached a temperature hotter than the centre of the Sun, 15 million degrees, and they plan to be producing industrial scale energy by 2025.
    Melanie who has a PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College London shares the history of fusion energy from the development of the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) and the JET (Joint European Thorus) to the current race for fusion energy which is now being led by start-ups around the world.
    Highlights of this episode:
    What is fusion energy how does it compare to fission nuclear energyRecent history of the developments in fusion energy and why the tokamak is a promising approachCurrent race to develop the first commercial fusion energy reactorCurrent developments at Tokamak Energy and their future plansCriticism of fusion energy and how we can overcome these challengesHow being an outdoor adventurer combined with her science background has allowed her to inspire othersHow she overcame initial difficulties working in a male dominated areaUseful links:
    Tokamak Energy: https://www.tokamakenergy.co.uk/
    Recent news release: https://www.tokamakenergy.co.uk/hotter-than-the-centre-of-the-sun-uk-prototype-reaches-15-million-degrees-paving-the-way-for-commercial-fusion-energy/ 
    Melanie Windridge’s personal website: http://melaniewindridge.co.uk/
    Melanie’s book - Aurora: In search of the Nothern Lights: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28014506-aurora
    Nuclear Fusion as a renewable resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_proposed_as_renewable_energy#Fusion_fuel_supply
    Chapters:
    [00:50] What is nuclear fusion?
    [05:00] Why is nuclear fusion energy always still 30 years away?
    [10:00] Tokamak Energy
    [13:00] A worldwide collaboration to create ITER and a big meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev
    [15:00] 3 things that affects output of fusion energy
    [17:00] Magnetic technology has moved on
    [19:00] Pivoting to making power stations with small tokamaks
    [20:40] Milestones to commercialise Tokamak Energy
    [23:00] Science is difficult to predict
    [26:00] Climate change is happening
    [29:00] Other types of fusion energy
    [32:00] Criticism of fusion energy
    [34:00] Background of Melanie Windridge
    [37:00] Polar exploration and climbing Everest
    [39:00] Being a woman in science

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    • 43 min
    #029: From disrupting mobility to cleantech investing - Charlotte Morton of Cleantech Innovate

    #029: From disrupting mobility to cleantech investing - Charlotte Morton of Cleantech Innovate

    Serial entrepreneur Charlotte Morton of Cleantech Innovate shares her experience founding, advising and investing in game changing sustainable startups.
    In this episode, Charlotte talks about her inspiration switching from being a lawyer to founding car rental company Whizzgo which was acquired by City Car Club. Charlotte currently runs We Are Orchard where they manage the trade association ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association) and Cleantech Innovate events that showcases and connects startups in sustainability with investors.
    Highlights of this episode:
    Introducing the pay-by-the-hour car rental concept to the UK and changing consumer behaviours with WhizzgoRunning a trade association organisation for sustainability niches at We Are OrchardThe types of support startup can expect from Cleantech Innovate and some of her favourite startup ideasElements that will derisk a startup for investors and success factors for foundersHow to bring the right experience into your board member and executive teamUseful links:
    Charlotte Morton’s Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-morton-1a0a322
    Charlotte Morton’s Twitter https://twitter.com/charlotte_adba
    We Are Orchard http://www.weareorchard.com/
    We Are Orchard’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/we-are-orchard-ltd/
    We Are Orchard’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/orchardexpo
    Cleantech Innovate https://www.cleantechinnovate.com/
    Cleantech Innovate YT channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxp-J_8HK3h-a-ON71TSuRQ/videos
    Airponix http://www.airponix.com/
    Kite Power Solution http://www.kps.energy/
    67PallMall http://67pallmall.co.uk/

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    • 32 min

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