29 episodes

Founded in 2018, Soluna develops vertically-integrated, utility-scale projects that combine its own renewable energy power plants with high-performance computing facilities. Our team sits down with experts in the field to discuss life in a startup, Blockchain use cases, and renewable energy innovation.

The Kingdom Podcas‪t‬ Soluna

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Founded in 2018, Soluna develops vertically-integrated, utility-scale projects that combine its own renewable energy power plants with high-performance computing facilities. Our team sits down with experts in the field to discuss life in a startup, Blockchain use cases, and renewable energy innovation.

    The Kingdom Episode 29: Regulation, Innovation, and the Future of Clean Energy with Jonny Sultoon

    The Kingdom Episode 29: Regulation, Innovation, and the Future of Clean Energy with Jonny Sultoon

    In this episode, we’re looking ahead at the role of government and technological innovation in the future of renewable energy. John, CEO of Soluna talks to Jonathan (Jonny) Sultoon, the Head of Markets & Transitions, Energy Transition Practice at Wood Mackenzie. Jonathan has over 18 years’ experience leading analysis for global energy markets, including power, coal, gas, LNG, and renewables. He joined Wood Mackenzie in 2006 and leads a team of analysts designing research for the energy transition. The team extends across all segments, all markets, and all fuels and technologies.In this conversation, we discuss the renewable energy landscape after the Coronavirus pandemic. We question the impact proposed regulations (or lack thereof) will have on Climate Change. We ask about the prospects of green hydrogen, and finally, we prod at the idea that fossil fuel is dead in the light of renewable energy innovation.If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out Zero-Carbon Cloud: Solving Renewable Energy’s Biggest Challenge on our blog!: https://medium.com/clean-integration/zero-carbon-cloud-solving-renewable-energys-biggest-challenge-5d1033e2174c?source=friends_link&sk=39b5345edc22d5ef93a6a02c8e7905a3Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us– The Kingdom Podcast (https://twitter.com/TheKingdomPod)– Soluna (https://twitter.com/SolunaPower)– John Belizaire (https://twitter.com/jbelizaireCEO)Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe.To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn.: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solunablockchain

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Kingdom Episode 28: Renewable Energy in Bitcoin Mining with Jesse Peltan

    The Kingdom Episode 28: Renewable Energy in Bitcoin Mining with Jesse Peltan

    What will the future of crypto mining look like?In this episode, we’re thinking ahead about the relationship between mining and energy, and where renewables will play a role. John, CEO of Soluna, and Phillip, VP of Corporate Development, talk to Jesse Peltan, co-founder and CTO of HODL Ranch – a developer of large scale Bitcoin mining projects in Texas. Jesse dropped out of college to become a co-founder and is on a mission to bring hashrate to the US.Jesse shares his first-hand experience in the industry since 2017, where value creation in institutional scale mining has shifted. These shifts have inevitably had an impact on power generation, cost, and distribution. You can expect to learn more about the changing mining industry, especially in the competitive deregulated power market in Texas. Additionally, we discuss the future of renewable energy in bitcoin mining–where it works and where it doesn’t–and the importance of decentralized finance throughout the world. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out The Golden Triangle: Understanding the Long-Term Profitability and Competitive Dynamics of Mining on our blog!: https://medium.com/clean-integration/the-golden-triangle-understanding-the-long-term-profitability-and-competitive-dynamics-of-mining-687e9109358a Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us– The Kingdom Podcast (https://twitter.com/TheKingdomPod)– Soluna (https://twitter.com/SolunaPower)– John Belizaire (https://twitter.com/jbelizaireCEO) Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn.: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solunablockchain

    • 54 min
    The Kingdom Episode 27: All About Batteries with Jeff Bishop

    The Kingdom Episode 27: All About Batteries with Jeff Bishop

    What solutions do batteries offer to a renewable-powered energy grid?In this episode, Jeff Bishop, CEO, and co-founder of KeyCapture Energy, a utility-scale battery provider, talked to John Belizaire, CEO, and Suzy Peng, Summer Associate at Soluna. Together, they took a deep dive into the world of batteries.Jeff’s extensive experience in the battery and energy industries guide our conversation in this episode as we unpack the ins and outs of grid-scale storage. We learn a lot about the business of batteries and battery technology, as well as address the benefits of batteries– such as the solutions they offer to challenges with intermittent power generation. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out Disconnected: Our Electric Grid’s Struggle with Renewable Energy on our blog!: http://bit.ly/cleanintegration-disconnected Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us– The Kingdom Podcast (https://twitter.com/TheKingdomPod)– Soluna (https://twitter.com/SolunaPower)– John Belizaire (https://twitter.com/jbelizaireCEO) Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn.: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solunablockchain

    • 54 min
    The Kingdom Episode 26: The Zero-Carbon Cloud with Andrew Chien

    The Kingdom Episode 26: The Zero-Carbon Cloud with Andrew Chien

    In this episode, the team at Soluna is hosting William Eckhardt Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Labs, Andrew Chien. Our work at Soluna builds upon his research that shows adding dispatchable load not only reduces stranded power, but it also improves both grid cost and stability. Ultimately, this allows for higher penetration of renewable energy within an existing system. His work started with one crucial question: “How do we minimize the negative impacts of computing, even though it’s doing good or serving a useful purpose?” We learn more about his introduction to computer science, the course of his research in machine learning, cloud computing, and clean energy. We then talk about the practical and theoretical applications of zero-carbon cloud computing now and in the future. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out “Zero-Carbon Cloud: Solving Renewable Energy’s Biggest Problem” on our blog: https://medium.com/clean-integration/zero-carbon-cloud-solving-renewable-energys-biggest-challenge-5d1033e2174c?source=friends_link&sk=39b5345edc22d5ef93a6a02c8e7905a3 Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us @TheKingdomPod, @SolunaPower, and @jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/solunablockchain

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Kingdom Episode 25: What It Will Take To Be 100% Renewable with Rob Gramlich

    The Kingdom Episode 25: What It Will Take To Be 100% Renewable with Rob Gramlich

    In this episode, we’re asking: “What will it take to reach 100% renewable energy?” John, CEO of Soluna, and Phillip, head of Corporate Development, talk to Rob Gramlich, CEO of Grid Strategies– a company with a mission to heighten the efficiency of the development and operation of energy grids. This chat is rich with information thanks to Rob’s extensive experience in the energy sector. You can expect to learn more about the changing structure of energy grids in terms of development and operation and its direct impact on the development of renewables from Rob’s first-hand experience in the industry. Additionally, they discuss the growth (or lack thereof) of energy investment in different parts of the world and what this means for reaching total renewable energy. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out Disconnected: Our Electric Grid’s Struggle with Renewable Energy on our blog! Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us @TheKingdomPod, @SolunaPower, and @jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Kingdom Episode 24: How the Oil Industry Deals with Crisis and its Impact on Climate Change with Bill Hayes and Sanjeev Kumar

    The Kingdom Episode 24: How the Oil Industry Deals with Crisis and its Impact on Climate Change with Bill Hayes and Sanjeev Kumar

    We talk to Sanjeev Kumar, a strategic advisor to Soluna and Bill Hayes, former Head of Legal and External Affairs at Kosmos Energy to learn more about the oil, especially as the industry faces disruption during the Coronavirus pandemic.Tune in for an interesting educational lesson on the history of oil, its rise as an energy source, and its influence on the global economy. Then, we unpack the complexity of the oil industry from Texas to Africa in the last few decades and the technological innovations that have saved the industry through its historical challenges.We question the future of oil and the recent impact of renewables on the industry, gaining invaluable insight from Sanjeev and Bill learnings from their extensive experience in the energy industry. Could these recent challenges be the catalyst for a Renewable Future?For the article Phil Ng mentioned during the episode, read The Shale Apocolypse, and What It Can Teach Bitcoin Miners on our blog!Connect with us on Twitter!@TheKingdomPod@SolunaPower@jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe.To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter.Check out our blog, Clean Integration on Medium, for more or connect with us on LinkedIn.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

AltaBilly ,

Seriously Insightful

A close friend of mine recommended this podcast and I thanked her for it. Every episode is thought provoking. I highly recommend it.

l4ces ,

Informative podcast with depth and breadth.

Always informative and delivered well. A great source for blockchain and renewable energy.

newrav ,

Really cuts to the core issue

Faithful listener would highly recommend

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