58 episodes

Leaders in Cleantech is a weekly podcast with host David Hunt speaking to Cleantech CEOs and industry leaders about their trials, tribulations, successes, failures and future predictions for #cleantech #emobility #energystorage #renewables #smartcities #circulareconomy

Leaders in Cleantech David Hunt

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Leaders in Cleantech is a weekly podcast with host David Hunt speaking to Cleantech CEOs and industry leaders about their trials, tribulations, successes, failures and future predictions for #cleantech #emobility #energystorage #renewables #smartcities #circulareconomy

    Emily Reichert, Greentown Labs – 57

    Emily Reichert, Greentown Labs – 57

    Since first expanding the Hyperion Executive Search activities into the US over the last three years, I’ve been very aware of the awesome job Greentown Labs do at supporting, nurturing and releasing into the world some amazing cleantech companies. Some of which have gone on to be our clients. So with the announcement of their expansion to Houston, I though it would be a great opportunity to hear the story from CEO Emily Reichert

    About EMILY REICHERT

    Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in North America. As the company's first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world. 

    Emily started her career at Arthur D. Little as a Ph.D. scientist and progressed into R&D, business development and general management roles. Prior to Greentown Labs, she was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products. 

    Emily has been appointed to leadership positions on innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and clean technology commercialization at the city, state, and federal level including the City of Somerville’s Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

    She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

    About Greentown Labs

    Greentown Labs aims to be a supportive, collaborative, and inspiring community for early-stage entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. In light of that mission, we don’t take any equity in our member companies. Instead, members pay monthly fees based on their lab and office space. We bring in revenue from other sources, including partnerships and grants, in order to keep membership fees low for our startups.

    Membership fees are approximately market rate, but include so much more than desk and lab space—members also gain access to more than $1 million worth of resources, equipment, programming, staff support, and more.

    Social links

    EMILY REICHERT on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilylreichert/
    Greentown Labs Website: https://greentownlabs.com/
    Greentown Labs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreentownLabs
    EMILY REICHERT on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyLReichert

    EPISODE LINKS

    Greentown Labs Announces Expansion to Houston https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/greentown-labs-announces-expansion-to-houston-301077767.html

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    • 47 min
    Joe Zhou, Quidnet – 56

    Joe Zhou, Quidnet – 56

    My team at Hyperion Executive Search have loved building teams for some of the amazing companies being funded by Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Long durations energy storage is a genuine game-changer, and after a recent $10million fundraise I was delighted to ask Quidnet Energy CEO Joe Zhou to share his, and their story.

    About Joe Zhou

    Joe Zhou is the CEO of Quidnet Energy, which commercializes a breakthrough in geomechanical pumped hydro for energy storage. Prior to Quidnet Energy, Joe worked at Green Charge Networks, a California-based energy storage project developer that was acquired by Engie in 2016. Joe started his career in heavy-industry capital projects, and holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a MBA.

    About Quidnet

    Quidnet Energy was launched with the vision of building breakthrough energy technology to accelerate the energy transition. Quidnet Energy pioneered a novel form of pumped hydro that is widely deployable at very low cost called Geomechanical Pumped Storage. Subsurface rock layers are converted into energy storage facilities for large-scale renewables integration and grid management. Standing upon the shoulders of established hydroelectric and subsurface supply chains, Quidnet Energy repurposes existing resources to quickly marshal implementable solutions for long-duration electricity storage.
    Quidnet Energy is backed by leading investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Evok Innovations, Trafigura, and PRIME Coalition. Quidnet Energy is also partnered with multiple government agencies for advanced energy technologies, such as the US Department of Energy and NYSERDA.

    Social links

    Joe Zhou on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdzhou/
    Quidnet Website: http://www.quidnetenergy.com/
    Quidnet on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/quidnet-energy/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Bill Gates discusses Quidnet along with Malta and Form Energy (All Hyperion Executive Search Clients) https://youtu.be/HGHX8OIaupk

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    • 41 min
    Ben Pullen, Generation.e – 55

    Ben Pullen, Generation.e – 55

    Ben is typical of most of us cleantech entrepreneurs, swimming against the tide and trying to bring the world with us. He shares his story from university, through business and personal triumph and tragedy, to the future of smart mobility and cleantech events, conferences and networking, via some super fun Tesla roadtrips.

    About Ben Pullen

    Ben is the Co-Founder and CEO of Generation.e which is a unique and impactful business which blends audiences and experiences to inspire transformation to smarter mobility for the creation of better connected and sustainable societies. This is achieved through epic adventures, thought leader summits and experiential public awareness campaigns.

    Ben set up the first ever commercial electric vehicle road trip in Dubai in 2017. This quickly expanded across the Middle East and Europe, and by the end of 2019 the event was launched in South Africa. In addition to the road trips, Ben has set up a B2B summit called ‘Smarter Mobility’. Smarter Mobility Africa was launched in South Africa in 2019, Smarter Mobility World in March 2020, and Smarter Mobility Europe in July 2020.

    To date: 7 electric vehicle road trips complete, 9 mobility conferences and summits, 45+ charging points installed, 1000+ electric vehicle test drive experiences and event attendance from senior level government, business, industry leaders, influencers, and the general public. The initiatives are making huge impressions. An episode focusing on Ben's work and the Emirates EVRT was broadcast on the highly renowned show, Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged Show and other exposure across mainstream media includes The Economist, Sky News, CNBC, Forbes, and recently in the UN Environment.

    Ben has an instinct for seeking opportunity, taking action and being at the forefront of this rapidly growing industry. His determination has led to commendable growth and positive impact through his business in its four years of operations: Over 85 partners secured, over 11,000 followers and 60+ million impressions generated through social media.

    Social links

    Ben Pullen on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benpullenergy/
    Generation.e Website: https://generationehq.com/
    Generation.e on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/generationehq

    EPISODE LINKS

    Smarter Mobility Europe https://generationehq.com/smarter-mobility-europe/
    Clifton Suspension Bridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton_Suspension_Bridge

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    • 48 min
    Tomas Kemtys, Contrarian Ventures - 54

    Tomas Kemtys, Contrarian Ventures - 54

    I first met Tomas at an eMobility event in the UK a few years ago. His passion and enthusiasm, as well as the fact his firm, Contrarian Ventures are one of the most active cleantech VCs out there at the moment, made him an ideal person to share the views of the VC at this challenging time. The good news is deals are being done, and money is there to be deployed across the investor community. We share some passions about cleantech, emobility and working with awesome founders and entrepreneurs.

    About Tomas Kemtys: 
    Tomas Kemtys is a Partner at Contrarian Ventures, having joined the firm in February 2019. He is responsible for overall fund strategy including fundraising, deal sourcing and execution, structuring, investment process and thesis building as well as recruiting, amongst others. Tomas sits on a number of Boards of Contrarian Ventures portfolio companies. Prior to Contrarian Ventures, he was an investment banker with Centerview Partners, a leading independent New York based investment banking and advisory firm. Having worked out of London, Tomas has focused mostly on healthcare and consumer retail but has also worked on transactions in energy, industrials and other sectors. He has executed transactions across various countries including UK, USA, Israel, Jordan, South Africa and others. Other relevant experiences include various positions in BNP Paribas, Société Générale and British Petroleum. Tomas is an alumnus of Finance program in ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

    About Contrarian Ventures

    Contrarian Ventures is an early-stage European Venture Capital fund focusing on a major transition in energy sector. Contrarian Ventures is building the firm that defines this new energy category in Europe, where Seed and Series A funding gap is the most acute in the energy and electric mobility Sectors. The fund has already invested in 15 companies across the globe including the UK, Norway, France, the USA, Lithuania, Estonia and Israel. The team is comprised of investment professionals located in the UK, the Netherlands and Lithuania. Aside from the core activity of the Fund – investing, Contrarian Ventures has also founded a number of initiatives that is contributing to the fostering of energy community in Europe. Some of the initiatives include Energy Tech Summit, Energy Tech Network, Bye Fossil Fuels monthly newsletter and many others.

    Social links

    Tomas Kemtys on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-kemtys-0920ba22/
    Contrarian Ventures Website: https://www.cventures.vc/
    Contrarian Ventures on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/contrarian-ventures/

    EPISODE LINKS

    The Energy Tech Summit: https://www.energytechsummit.com/

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    • 41 min
    Juraj Ulehla, Voltia – Episode 53

    Juraj Ulehla, Voltia – Episode 53

    After last week’s episode we return to the ground but stay with eMobility. Last mile deliveries have never been more needed, as we’re currently so reliant on home deliveries. It’s also fair to say cities, mayors and citizens are quite liking the clean air and lack of both air and noise pollution, I can only expect the successes of Voltia and others in this space will continue. That said, when I first spoke to Juraj some time ago, it was his entrepreneurial story that stood, out. We discuss both in this episode.

    About Juraj Ulehla

    Juraj Ulehla, a former investment banker who specialized in risk management when working for international banks, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Voltia. He holds a PhD from the University of Economics Bratislava. Prior to leading Voltia, Juraj focused on solar power plant development and was instrumental in building up Voltia’s predecessor Greenway Operator (GWO), together with his co-founder and co-investor Peter Badik, who heads Voltia’s sister company Greenway Infrastructure (GWI).

    About Voltia

    Voltia is a European e-mobility specialist based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Launched in 2015, with the mission to help make commercial e-mobility effective and affordable, it supports OEMs by broadening the usability of their mass-market electric LCV models. Voltia’s approach is to add value in terms of application-specific re-design for different purposes. It provides development know-how, vehicle structure engineering, prototyping, production set-up, and sales & marketing support. It has clients in 11 European countries. More than 500 Voltia e-vans already operate successfully in large urban environments, such as London, Paris, Nice, Dortmund, Tallinn or Bratislava.

    Social links

    Juraj Ulehla on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jurajulehla/
    Voltia Website: https://www.voltia.com/
    Voltia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/voltia/
    Voltia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Voltia_com

    EPISODE LINKS
    Emissions free deliveries in London using the Voltia electric van https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGrQjyZ_1sM
    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005J3IEZQ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
    Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0124PP3AA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

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    • 38 min
    Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia - Episode 52

    Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia - Episode 52

    As you’ll know I feel a fair amount of guilt over the amount of flying I typically do. Not an issue at present, but as we discuss on this episode, despite the present situation, aviation is on a fast-upward trend, and has a huge environmental impact. So it was a pleasure to speak to Val Miftakhov to see just how close we are to electric flight, at least on a regional level. It was also interesting to hear his thoughts on hydrogen in transport generally, and why he feels aviation is the area where it can, and does, work.

    About Val Miftakhov

    Val Miftakhov is Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia, a company developing the World's first practical zero emission aviation powertrain. Val is an avid helicopter and airplane pilot, and a serial sustainable transportation entrepreneur - his previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions.

    About ZeroAvia

    ZeroAvia is producing the world’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain, initially targeting 9-19-passenger airplanes to start replacing dirty jet fuel. Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable aviation by giving aircraft customers and airframe manufacturers a zero- emission option that serves the most common airline trips. We do this by designing and producing hydrogen-fueled powertrains for the aviation industry. Currently, we have the largest zero emission aircraft in the world flying today using no fossil fuels.

    Social links

    Val Miftakhov on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vmiftakhov/
    ZeroAvia Website: https://www.zeroavia.com/
    ZeroAvia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/zeroavia/
    ZeroAvia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZeroAvia

    EPISODE LINKS

    A New Opportunity For Hydrogen is Aviation https://aeronauticsonline.com/a-new-opportunity-for-hydrogen-is-aviation/
    ZeroAvia’s Hydrogen-Fueled Powertrain for Zero-Emission Aircraft https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=1006
    ZeroAvia Announces £2.7m UK Government Grant for the Development of Zero Emission Aviation https://www.intelligent-energy.com/news-and-events/company-news/2019/09/18/zeroavia-announces-27m-uk-government-grant-for-the-development-of-zero-emission-aviation/

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    • 40 min

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