60 episodes

The CleanTechies Podcast was created by Silas Mähner to host conversations with CleanTech / ClimateTech enthusiasts, professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, advocates, and inventors. -Our goal is to have conversations that will help raise awareness about the newest technologies being developed to help reverse climate change. If you want to be part of the CleanTech revolution join our Slack Channel | https://join.slack.com/t/cleantechies/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ If you'd like to come on the show or have recommendations please connect with Silas over LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/silasmahner/ Silas is a Renewables, ClimateTech, and ESG headhunter and the Founder of ErthTechLabs; a consultancy working with early-stage ClimateTech founders to connect with Capital, Co-Founders, and Advisors. He grew up in a very anti-climate-change part of the country in rural Wisconsin. When he got out on his own he realized the incredible benefits of ClimateTechnologies in addition to the realities of Climate Change. He then launched CleanTechies in 2021 to help raise awareness of the various benefits of ClimateTechnology.

The CleanTechies Podcast Silas Mähner - Renewables, ClimateTech, & ESG Headhunter

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The CleanTechies Podcast was created by Silas Mähner to host conversations with CleanTech / ClimateTech enthusiasts, professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, advocates, and inventors. -Our goal is to have conversations that will help raise awareness about the newest technologies being developed to help reverse climate change. If you want to be part of the CleanTech revolution join our Slack Channel | https://join.slack.com/t/cleantechies/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ If you'd like to come on the show or have recommendations please connect with Silas over LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/silasmahner/ Silas is a Renewables, ClimateTech, and ESG headhunter and the Founder of ErthTechLabs; a consultancy working with early-stage ClimateTech founders to connect with Capital, Co-Founders, and Advisors. He grew up in a very anti-climate-change part of the country in rural Wisconsin. When he got out on his own he realized the incredible benefits of ClimateTechnologies in addition to the realities of Climate Change. He then launched CleanTechies in 2021 to help raise awareness of the various benefits of ClimateTechnology.

    #60 - Cleaning up Steel Production with Boston Metal's Adam Rauwerdink

    #60 - Cleaning up Steel Production with Boston Metal's Adam Rauwerdink

    #60 - Cleaning up Steel Production with Boston Metal's Adam Rauwerdink
    Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 60.
    If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.  
    Today we are speaking with Adam Rauwerdink the Sr VP of Business Development at Boston Metals, a Breakthrough Energy Ventures-backed company. BEV is a fund founded by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos along with other Philanthropists. 
    In today's episode, we go through the conventional way of making steel and then walk through how Boston Metal is cleaning it up along with all the other benefits of their modular production model. 
    It's a fascinating show so we are excited to bring this to you. 
    The Main talking points of today's discussion are:
    Intro to AdamThe impetus for joining Boston MetalsIntro to Boston MetalMaterialsNo Coal = Easier Plan for Growth Location of production facilitiesSupply Chain, changing it Speed of Permitting FacilitiesRegulatory LandscapeDemand for Green SteelOther Benefits of Green SteelWorkforce Concerns Partnerships Talent in the SpaceNext Steps / Problems to SolveWrap UpWe hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com
    Boston Metal Website: https://www.bostonmetal.com/Connect with Adam: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamrauwerdink/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channel:  https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner__________
    We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com
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    • 36 min
    #59 - Going Off the Grid with Ben Parvey of OhmGrid

    #59 - Going Off the Grid with Ben Parvey of OhmGrid

    Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 59.
    ________
    If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.  
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    Today we speak with Ben Parvey the CEO at OhmGrid. Where they are helping residential customers get off the grid, they do this through a model where they effectively just switch out some equipment, and then you pay around the same price as your electricity bill. The difference is, that you'll no longer be reliant on the grid and will have guaranteed electricity. 
    What they are doing is really cool, I feel it has a strong appeal to many people given the power outage issues across our country. 
    The Main talking points of today's discussion are:
    IntroGetting into Energy SpaceStarting in the RecessionGoing off the GridResale ValueFinancingSolar ResourcesRegulationsUtilities & Incentive ProgramsSelling Back to the GridGrid Dilemmas: a Hodge-PodgeFuture of the GridInstall and OperationsWhat New Builders ThinkMultifamily ApplicationsRegulatory Stifling Clean SlateCyber SecurityEducating the People en masse TalentWrap UpWe hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com
    OhmGrid Website: https://www.ohmgrid.com/Connect with Ben: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benparvey/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channel:  https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner__________
    We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com
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    #58 - The Future of Clean Energy, Materials/Mfg, & the Circular Economy with Author, Peter Leyden

    #58 - The Future of Clean Energy, Materials/Mfg, & the Circular Economy with Author, Peter Leyden

    Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 58.
    ______
    If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.  
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    This is a very special episode to me. Today we bring you a conversation with Peter Leyden who has spent his career figuring out the future. He started his career in journalism and went on to become, arguably, one of the most influential thinkers about the future of the world. 
    In today's conversation, we cover a lot of things but focused generally on the future of CleanEnergy, how we know it has arrived, what the Circular Economy really is going to be (BioEngineering), and shifting consumer demand driven by the next generation. 
    Peter has a lot of really fascinating points of view and I'm confident that you'll enjoy this conversation if you're someone who likes to think about the future and how it might be. 
    Log of the Show:
    Developing the mentality of future looking backHow we get stuck in day-to-day news rather than broad achievements Future of clean energy Critical UncertaintyThe innovation adoption curveHow industry shifts 5% of EV Sales Paradigm ShiftsTotal Reinvention of the Vehicle Concept / Autonomous Vehicles Generational Shifts & Fundamental Technologies Subsidies - EVs in ParticularCheap Energy to Solve Climate ChangeGlobal Capital Shift and the US Signal Bio-Engineering BoomEV Adoption Setting up Adoption of all ClimateTechThe Circular Economy Bio-Engineering Materials and Production of GoodsBioEngineered Bottles that biodegradeThe Ultimate Circular Economy; a World of Synthetic Biology Possible Public Blowback on Bio-Engineering FoodOld Technology Doesn't go Away Fusion Energy Energy Abundance Shifting Consumer Demand Corporates Chasing GenZ and Millenial Demand Vision for America and Politics History Makes Sense but The Present Isn't as ClearCalifornia: the Future Version of America & Gavin Newsom North Star is the No Carbon Economy Role of Government Space Travel Wrap upWe hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com
    Peter's Website: https://www.peterleyden.com/Follow Peter's Medium Writings: https://peteleyden.medium.com/Follow Peter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/peteleydenConnect with Peter on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterleyden/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channel:  https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: Support the show

    • 1 hr 25 min
    #57 - PropTech, Carbon Capture, and Soap with Jaeson Cardiff

    #57 - PropTech, Carbon Capture, and Soap with Jaeson Cardiff

    Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 57.
    _________
    If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.  
    _________
    Today's conversation is with Jaeson Cardiff in a very exciting discussion about how they are capturing carbon through their Boiler system technology and then using that carbon in cleaning products. Overall the concept is simple but it's very exciting what they are doing and what can come next as they continue to develop their technology to be deployed on a larger scale. 
    I especially appreciated hearing Jaeson's experience that led him from a blue-collar background to becoming a founder of a very complex deep-science technology company that is helping advance the ClimateTech solutions.
    Main Talking Points: 
    IntroWhere did the seed of your idea come fromWhat is the circular economyHow their chemical engineer worksWhat they are doingWhere is it usedEducating people Changing the meaning of Green WashingNon-Technical business founderStarting outCustomersInstallation Economics / ROIOff-take agreementsPartnerships Existing JobsManaging their brand and its evolutionCarbon in soapWhere it goesRegulatory landscapeCarbon taxEducation Carbon EconomyLooking forward in your industryWrap upWe hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com
    Clean02 Website: https://cleano2.ca/Connect with Jaeson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cleano2cct/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channel:  https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner__________
    We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #56 - Solving Energy Demand Spikes of Increased Electrification with Rekha Sharma of Solv4X

    #56 - Solving Energy Demand Spikes of Increased Electrification with Rekha Sharma of Solv4X

    Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 56.
    ___________
    If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.
    ___________  
    Today's conversation is with Rekha Sharma the founder of Solv4x. Rekha spent a number of years working for CAISO which, for those unfamiliar is the grid operator in California. During her time there she dealt with the issue of energy demand irregularities the more renewable energy that came on the grid and the more electrification permeated the grid. 
    That experience led her to seek a solution which is what she's doing with Solv4X. In this conversation she walks us through the evolution of how she got to where she is, the steps she took to get here, and how the first vertical she's focusing on is the EV Charging space. 
    Generally speaking, this was a really great conversation and I personally enjoyed it a lot as she was able to help shed light on the decision-making process to leave a stable job to start this business. Generally, very inspiring. 
    Main Talking Points: 
    IntroThe shift to electrification Her early careerThe evolution of the gridWhat is Solve4XSeeing CAISOs issues firsthandGetting startedFinding the right partnersGetting capitalMany small tweaks How the incubators helpedPicking the right incubatorDivision of labor & specialties in the labor marketUser experience Internships and the importance of hands-on experience Giving back to the people Wrapping up We hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com
    Solv4X Website: https://solv4xinc.com/Connect with Rekha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanpatrickmurphy1/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channel:  https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner__________
    We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ /
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    #55 - Helping Utilities Utilize Wasted Data with Sean Murphy of PingThings

    #55 - Helping Utilities Utilize Wasted Data with Sean Murphy of PingThings

    Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 55.
    If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.  
    Today our episode is with Sean Murphy the CEO of PingThings. Ping things is, in technical terms, the world's fastest nanosecond-precise time series analysis and AI platform. To translate that,  they are able to analyze vast amounts of data very quickly. The application they are focused on currently is for utilities and grid operators. Specifically, transmission lines have a lot of sensors that are not used because most utilities didn't have the ability to actually read and utilize the data collected. With their technology, they are now able to do this and it can have massive impacts on the grid and on climate change. 
    As usual, we discussed a wide range of topics including, his inspiration to become an entrepreneur, how the tech works, future trends, a misalignment of incentives among utilities, and education.


    Really fun conversation today. Enjoy! 
    Main Talking Points: 
    Intro to SeanImpetus for becoming an entrepreneur How to navigate early career with entrepreneurial tendenciesWhat is PingThingsHow did they decide on what industry to supportVisualizing what they doHow they achieve thisUse cases & applicationsHow it impacts climateAn electrical engineering lessonSolutions for this grid problem Any hardware requiredFuture trendsRegulatory landscapeMisalignment of incentives Advice to young professionalsHiring - what they look forCollege systemsDo we need more STEMWrapping upWe hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com
    PingThings Website: https://www.pingthings.io/Connect with Sean: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanpatrickmurphy1/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channel:  https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner__________
    We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you toda
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    • 1 hr 2 min

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