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Conversations about the energy transition from Wood Mackenzie.

The Interchange Wood Mackenzie

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Conversations about the energy transition from Wood Mackenzie.

    Innovation And Data Are Revolutionizing The Grid

    Innovation And Data Are Revolutionizing The Grid

    America's energy transition is a complex and intricate process with a lot of moving parts. When discussing decarbonizing the globe, the electrical grid is usually overlooked and left out of the conversation. With an influx of renewable energy entering the grid, a constantly growing energy demand, coupled with record-breaking weather events and ageing infrastructure we have seen the strength of the existing grid tested to the limit. The American Electrical Grid is in need of physical updates and digital modernization. 

    This week, David is accompanied by two leaders of grid modernization industry, Peter Wells (CEO of Smart Wires) and Hudson Gilmer (CEO of LineVision) whose companies are using data and new tech to enable the grid to cope with the new demands.

    Smart Wires uses Modular Power Control to direct power where it's needed and decrease the chances of possible outages and LineVision uses the power of innovative data and analytical tools to ensure the power lines and grid are being optimized and used at their fullest capacity. 

    David, Hudson and Peter discuss the biggest challenges utility companies across the US are facing. How is the introduction of new renewable energy projects affecting the grid? How reliable is our grid in times of extreme weather events? Is the grid currently on track to keep up with the future projections of energy demand? What are the policy changes required to modernize the grid? All these questions and more, on The Interchange: Recharged.

    The Interchange is brought to you by the Yale Program in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy, training working professionals to accelerate the deployment of clean energy worldwide. To connect with Yale expertise right from your laptop, grow your professional network, and deepen your impact, visit yalecleanenergy.info/Interchange and apply before March 13, 2022.

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    • 41 min
    A Conversation With Alight – The Commercial Side of Solar

    A Conversation With Alight – The Commercial Side of Solar

    On the Interchange this week, David is joined by Alight CEO and founder Dr Harald Overholm. Harald was previously a cleantech venture capitalist and an advisor on solar markets to the WWF and the Swedish Government. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge with a thesis on solar diffusion and PPA. Alight is the leading solar Power Purchase Agreement provider in the Nordics. The company builds, operates, and owns solar projects, onsite and offsite, specializing in solar PPA. They are currently on track to develop more than 500 MW of PPA-based onsite and offsite projects across Europe.

    David and Harald discuss the future of large scale commercial solar projects, the benefits of a PPA for businesses and investors, the role of co-located storage and the policies and legislation in the US that impede (or accelerate) progress in the sector. They discuss the past, present and future of solar funding and the M&A landscape.




    The Interchange is brought to you by Schneider Electric. Are you building a microgrid? With a microgrid you can store electricity and sell it back during peak times. Keep your power on during an outage. Integrate with renewables. Control energy on your own terms. Having built more microgrids in than anyone else, Schneider Electric has the expertise to help.

    The Interchange is brought to you by Bloom Energy. Bloom’s onsite energy platform provides unparalleled control for those looking to secure clean, reliable 24/7 power that scales to meet critical business needs. It eliminates outage and price risk while accelerating us towards a zero carbon future. Visit Bloom Energy to learn how to take charge today.

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    • 51 min
    EVs in the US – Are We Lagging Behind?

    EVs in the US – Are We Lagging Behind?

    President Biden’s Build Back Better bill includes tax incentives for consumers to switch to electric vehicles, and a multi-billion dollar plan for charging stations and infrastructure. The intent is there, but why is EV adoption in the US still lagging behind the rest of the world? 

    This week on The Interchange, David is joined by Professor Gil Tal from UC Davis, and Professor Peter Wells from Cardiff University, to compare the attitudes towards electric vehicles in the US and Europe.

    What are the barriers standing in the way of mass EV adoption? And what tech and policy breakthroughs are we seeing to overcome these hurdles? Tesla’s market share of EVs hovers around 80%, so what are other manufacturers doing to increase their share of the ever-growing market?

    The Interchange is brought to you by Schneider Electric. Are you building a microgrid? With a microgrid you can store electricity and sell it back during peak times. Keep your power on during an outage. Integrate with renewables. Control energy on your own terms. Having built more microgrids in than anyone else, Schneider Electric has the expertise to help.

    The Interchange is brought to you by Bloom Energy. Bloom’s onsite energy platform provides unparalleled control for those looking to secure clean, reliable 24/7 power that scales to meet critical business needs. It eliminates outage and price risk while accelerating us towards a zero carbon future. Visit Bloom Energy to learn how to take charge today. 

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    • 55 min
    The Future of Solar Storage

    The Future of Solar Storage

    You can develop enough renewable energy to power the world, but without energy storage systems, those developments are rendered somewhat moot. To achieve President Biden’s target of 90% renewables by 2035, the US needs an additional 9 terawatts of solar storage.

    What do our current storage solutions look like? Are batteries leading the charge?

    To answer those questions David turns to Rebecca Ciez, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.

    David and Rebecca look at the current storage options. Are batteries powerful enough to deliver power during outages or periods of no sunlight? Rebecca talks about the materials needed for solar batteries and how we can improve the technology to reduce the strain on supply chains. Investment and government incentives are then thrust under the microscope by David, before the discussion wraps with examining the technological advancements in the space.

    The Interchange is brought to you by Schneider Electric. Are you building a microgrid? With a microgrid you can store electricity and sell it back during peak times. Keep your power on during an outage. Integrate with renewables. Control energy on your own terms. Having built more microgrids in than anyone else, Schneider Electric has the expertise to help.

    The Interchange is brought to you by Bloom Energy. Bloom’s onsite energy platform provides unparalleled control for those looking to secure clean, reliable 24/7 power that scales to meet critical business needs. It eliminates outage and price risk while accelerating us towards a zero carbon future. Visit Bloom Energy to learn how to take charge today.

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    • 44 min
    Solar Power: The Silver Linings of Ditching Silver

    Solar Power: The Silver Linings of Ditching Silver

    Why wouldn’t everyone invest in solar? Well, for that reason exactly: it’s an investment. Although it’s praised for its low maintenance costs and long-term savings, it is still a hefty investment in terms of individual finance cost, manufacturing, and installation. The production of solar panels requires expensive raw material, such as high-grade silicon, and silver for the wiring and cells.

    If the industry could just get the cost of materials down, the climate and environmental benefits would extend far beyond the energy sector.

    An Australian organization called SunDrive solar recently made headlines for their use of copper wiring in solar cells, opening up the opportunity for solar production costs to plummet and increase global solar adoption. 

    New host David Banmiller is joined by PV Magazine Founding Editor Jonathan Gifford to examine this achievement, and what it could mean for solar.

    They also explore supply chains issues, tackling NIMBYism and together they predict the Next Big Things in solar tech.

    The Interchange is brought to you by Schneider Electric. Are you building a microgrid? With a microgrid you can store electricity and sell it back during peak times. Keep your power on during an outage. Integrate with renewables. Control energy on your own terms. Having built more microgrids in than anyone else, Schneider Electric has the expertise to help.

    The Interchange is brought to you by Bloom Energy. Bloom’s onsite energy platform provides unparalleled control for those looking to secure clean, reliable 24/7 power that scales to meet critical business needs. It eliminates outage and price risk while accelerating us towards a zero carbon future. Visit Bloom Energy to learn how to take charge today.

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    • 47 min
    Our Transition: Shayle Kann Hands Off the Show

    Our Transition: Shayle Kann Hands Off the Show

    An announcement: this is Shayle Kann's last episode of the show.

    The Interchange is being handed off to David Banmiller, the global head of strategic banking at Wood Mackenzie.

    In Shayle's final episode, he shares a few words about the history of the show and asks David about his future focus.

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    • 9 min

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Best energy podcast out there

10/10, awesome stuff!

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Great energy podcast

Always a good listen, goes deep and technical on the energy transition.

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Great energy insights

Great podcast on the renewable energy sector with insights given in a really accessible way.

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