54 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

    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
    Alisa Murphy, Petr Mikovec & David Hunt – Cleantech Heroes

    Alisa Murphy, Petr Mikovec & David Hunt – Cleantech Heroes

    I really excited about this campaign, #Cleantechheroes It’s an opportunity for me to give back to, and support the sector I love so much, and that has and continues to do so much for me. There is so much content and advice out there at the moment around COVID-19 and Working from home. It can be a lot of noise and distracting at times. Cleantech heroes is about cutting through the noise and offering some direct, one to one, support, experience and advice to founders and cleantech heroes around the key themes of people, value proposition and finance, from experts in each field. You can hear more about those expert and the offer in the podcast, and website below.

    About Cleantech Heroes

    Cleantech Heroes is an initiative of Life Size Media, Hyperion Executive Search and Inven Capital that is providing free individual consultations to enable cleantech companies to realise their full potential. Now more than ever, daring entrepreneurs and forward-thinking businesses are needed to shine a light to others and be champions of cleantech.

    Collectively, the teams behind Cleantech Heroes have the experience and knowledge to accelerate these companies towards their commercial goals.
    We focus on offering our tailored expertise through meaningful interactions. By combining our skills, we strengthen cleantech companies and ensure the sector remains prosperous. Together, we believe in the power and resiliency of cleantech to overcome whatever comes its way.

    Social links

    Alisa Murphy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisamurphy/
    Petr Mikovec on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petr-m%C3%ADkovec-ba654a14/
    David Hunt on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-hunt-cleantech/
    Cleantech Heroes Website: https://cleantechheroes.com/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Best marketing strategy ever! Steve Jobs Think different / Crazy ones speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keCwRdbwNQY&app=desktop

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    • 26 min
    Gideon Van Dijk, Chargetrip – Episode 50

    Gideon Van Dijk, Chargetrip – Episode 50

    I was introduced to Gideon by co-founder Pieter Waller. I met Pieter at the rEVolution event in Amsterdam two years ago. It’s been fascinating to watch their growth, including an A-round of fundraising, and a partnership with Porsche. Gideon share some really valuable insights from that journey, in particular we talk luck and resilience!

    About Gideon Van Dijk

    Gideon is CEO and Co-Founder at Chargetrip, a company accelerating the advent of sustainable mobility by developing the missing navigation tools that help people and businesses switch to electric mobility. Over the last two years, Gideon and his team have taken Chargetrip from a small start-up to an emerging navigation company solving complex routing optimization problems for well known automotive clients. Gideon is a UWC Atlantic Alumni, ex RNLI crew member, and a serial entrepreneur, holding multiple leadership and advisory positions. He has a background in clean-tech, product design, and innovation consultancy. Gideon believes the sustainable energy transition is one of the most significant challenges of our generation and thinks electric mobility is a crucial catalyst. He is a life-long learner, occasional speaker, and deeply interested in technology-driven innovations that enable sustainable development. Gideon currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two kids.

    About Chargetrip

    Driving an electric car is amazing but should be anxiety-free. Chargetrip gives developers the tools to make routing and charging effortless for EV drivers and electrified fleets.

    Our routing engine uses over fifteen different variables to calculate the real-time range of any electric vehicle. Temperature, weather, charge speed, elevation, rolling resistance, real-time vehicle data, and availability of charge stations are all taken into account. Chargetrip’s routing algorithms calculate the best route to a driver’s destination, with the optimal charge stations in between. Build-in predictive models optimize for total travel-time and travel-costs. Chargetrip makes it easy for anyone to drive beyond the range of the battery.
    Chargetrip has received over 2M in funding and has won several innovation and sustainability awards. Chargetrip is a proud EEx portco, the premier clean-tech accelerator.

    Social links

    Gideon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gideongauss/
    Chargetrip on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/10428671
    Chargetrip Website: https://www.chargetrip.com
    State of Charge Newsletter: https://us12.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=eaea97b9072598e3643ab1131&id=9021c65c75
    Latest funding round press release: https://www.chargetrip.com/press-release/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Chargetrip Latest funding round press release: https://www.chargetrip.com/press-release/
    Vaclav Smil - Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07XKXFLK3/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0
    Vaclav Smil - Energy and Civilization: A History https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072FH69YH/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
    This American Life Podcast - https://www.thisamericanlife.org/

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    • 47 min
    Jigar Shah, Generate Capital – Episode 49

    Jigar Shah, Generate Capital – Episode 49

    As you know by now, my first cleantech love and experience was in solar PV. At that time, creating my own solar business, Jigar Shah was an inspiration. Sun Edison really moved the dial forward for solar in the US and then across Europe and beyond. Now funding a range of clean energy and technology infrastructure projects, and a leading voice in the cleantech sector, I was delighted to have Jigar join me for this episode.

    About Jigar Shah:

    Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, the leading investment and operating platform for sustainable infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate Capital is the only “one-stop-shop” for pioneers leading the Resource Revolution.

    Prior to Generate, as the Founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), Shah pioneered “no money down solar”, which unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market and became the largest solar services company worldwide before its acquisition by MEMC. Shah is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Shah served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change.
    Shah’s decades of experience in renewable energy consistently show that business model innovation and entrepreneurship are two of the keys to proving that sustainability pays.

    Shah holds an M.B.A. from The University of Maryland and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
    About Generate Capital

    Generate Capital is a finance company based in San Francisco, California. Its partners with project developers and technology manufacturers globally to finance sectors in renewable energy, technology, finance, and sustainability sectors.

    Founded in 2014, Generate builds, owns, and operates sustainable infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable resource solutions for companies, governments, and communities. Generate currently has more than 25 technology and project development partners and serves more than 400 companies, universities, school districts, cities, and non-profits across North America.

    Generate Capital build, own, operate and finance assets in:

    - Sustainable Energy (microgrids, solar, energy storage, lighting, HVAC systems, fuel cells, geothermal, biomass & biogas, building automation & sensors, heat pumps, smart meters)
    - Sustainable Mobility (electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, autonomous vehicles, charging depots & infrastructure, fleets)
    - Sustainable Water, Waste & Agriculture (anaerobic digesters, wastewater treatment, desalination, food waste management, recycling/reuse, precision agriculture, farm automation, irrigation, sensors & meters).

    Social links

    Jigar Shah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jigarshahdc/
    Jigar Shah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JigarShahDC
    Generate Capital Website: https://generatecapital.com/
    Generate Capital on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/generatecapital/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy – Jigar Shah, https://www.amazon.com/Creating-Climate-Wealth-Unlocking-Economy/dp/0989353109
    Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002RI9BH6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2
    The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00R6OEYIC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
    Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reinventing-Fire-Business-Solutions-Energy-ebook/dp/B005PJTNR2/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&qid=1586247663&refinements=p_27%3AAmory+Lovins&s=digital-text&sr=1-2&text=Amory+Lovins

    • 52 min
    Doug Campbell, Solid Power – Episode 48

    Doug Campbell, Solid Power – Episode 48

    As you know, I’m a bit of a battery nerd, and we’ve had many great CEOs and experts in the subject on the podcast to date. I’d been very keen to have a conversation on the podcast with Doug Campbell, CEO of Solid Power for some time, solid state batteries being another big leap in battery evolution. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

    About Doug Campbell

    Doug Campbell is the CEO and co-founder of Solid Power. He established the company as a spin-out business of the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012 and has led the company through its early development phase into its current phase of achieving the first step of production scale.

    He has been instrumental in establishing the company’s strategy of focusing on rapid product development with follow-on iterations toward meeting customer requirements. To this end, he has been instrumental in the company’s customer and partner outreach as evidenced by the large collection of customers and strategic investors Solid Power has assembled that includes BMW, Hyundai Motor Corporation, Samsung, Solvay and Sanoh among several others.

    Mr. Campbell is a startup veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in hardware-based new technology developments in the markets of energy storage, aerospace and defense. In parallel to Solid Power, Mr. Campbell co-founded and led Roccor, an industry leader in small satellite components including solar arrays, antennas, boom systems and thermal management systems. The company supports a wide array of commercial satellite constellation, military and space exploration customers. Mr. Campbell stepped down as CEO of Roccor effective January 1, 2019 in order to focus on Solid Power but remains on the Board of Directors of Roccor.

    About Hyperion Executive Search

    Solid Power is an industry-leading developer of all solid-state rechargeable batteries. Solid Power's all solid-state batteries replace the liquid electrolyte in a conventional lithium-ion battery with a highly stable solid ion-conducting material. As a result, Solid Power's all solid-state batteries have the potential for substantially greater energy and safety in comparison to current industry-standard Lithium-ion batteries. Solid Power works in partnership with BMW and Ford to develop all solid-state batteries for next-generation electric vehicles. The company’s first equity-based investment round ($20M) was announced in late 2018.

    Social links

    Solid Power on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solid-power/
    Solid Power Website: https://solidpowerbattery.com/
    Doug Campbell on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasmcampbell/
    Solid Power Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolidPowerInc

    EPISODE LINKS

    How I Built This with Guy Raz podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-built-this-with-guy-raz/id1150510297
    Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People Podcast https://guykawasaki.com/remarkable-people/

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Gerry Bristol ,

Amazing Podcast

I’m just loving this and being a Cleantech fan, I’m on the edge of my seat for every episode. Only found it recently so I’m catching up on previous episodes. Great choice of guests from across the Cleantech sector. Keep it going David. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

4321Maple ,

Enjoyed the Evezy interview

Interesting insight into Evezy, love their approach and learning more.

mlkubik ,

Quality guests and insights

David has managed to establish himself as a well connected host and brought a great many of the most interesting cleantech industry thought leaders into one weekly forum.

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