Nexus PMG welcomes you to the Bigger Than Us™ podcast, which we, as energy geeks lovingly refer to as the BTU. Bigger Than Us is a podcast that focuses on ideas that will shape the future of our planet and ultimately, our existence. We will occasionally lean into energy topics because after all, it’s the key to our collective survival, but we’ll also explore other areas that we believe will have an effect that is Bigger Than Us.
#231 Marcus Lehmann, CEO of CalWave Power Technologies
Marcus Lehmann, serves as the CEO of CalWave Power Technologies Inc. Marcus founded CalWave in2014 and uses his experience in systems engineering, energy systems and entrepreneurship, to lead a diverse team of engineers, advisers, and industry partners to unlock the vast and steady carbon-free power from ocean waves.
Prior to CalWave, Marcus held research positions at UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and was a project lead at the Cyclotron Road program. Marcus holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Technical University Hamburg, graduated from Technical University Munich with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and received an honors degree in technology management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management.
***Special archive - Peter Kelly-Detwiler, reviews 2022 and looks to 2023
Peter Kelly-Detwiler has 30 years of experience in the electric energy arena. He writes for Forbes.com and other publications on topics related to disruptive innovation and its impact on the electricity infrastructure. He provides strategic advice to clients and investors, helping them to navigate this transitional period. Peter is also the author of The Energy Switch - a book about how companies and customers are transforming the electrical grid and the future of power.
Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has spent much of his career in various areas of competitive power markets. As Senior Vice President at Constellation Energy, he oversaw creation of VirtuWatt – a market leading platform to facilitate real-time awareness of electricity pricing and consumption and bidding of assets into competitive markets. He is currently writing a book on the transformation of electric power markets, to be published by Prometheus Books in the Spring of 2021.
#230 Brandon Banks, Director of Advisory Services at Nexus PMG
Brandon Banks is the Director of Advisory Services at Nexus PMG. He has extensive experience focused on evaluating and developing alternative, renewable, and sustainable infrastructure projects — providing strategic leadership in the circular economy. Brandon holds an MBA from the University of Miami and is a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP). He recently served as the Chairman of the YP Board for Junior Achievement of Greater Miami and he lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two daughters.
#226 Dr. Shuchi Talati, Founder of The Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering
Dr. Shuchi Talati is an emerging climate technology governance expert and the founder of The Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering. She is also currently a co-chair of the Independent Advisory Committee to oversee SCoPEx, an effort to provide oversight for the potential outdoor solar geoengineering experiment proposed by Harvard University. Dr. Talati is a Visiting Scholar at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a Scholar in Residence at Forum for Climate Engineering at American University. She most recently served as a Presidential Appointee in the Biden-Harris Administration as Chief of Staff of the Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management at the U.S. Department of Energy where she was focused on creating just and sustainable frameworks for carbon dioxide removal.
She was also previously the Deputy Director of Policy at Carbon180 and the Fellow on geoengineering research governance and public engagement at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Talati was a AAAS/AIP Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate and served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama. Dr. Talati earned a BS in environmental engineering from Northwestern University, an MA in climate and society from Columbia University, and PhD from Carnegie Mellon in engineering and public policy.
#229 Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Founder of Switch Energy Alliance
Scott Tinker brings industry, government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Dr. Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. With Director Harry Lynch, Tinker co-produced the award-winning documentary films Switch and Switch On, which have been screened in over 50 countries. Dr. Tinker founded the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance, whose educational materials appear from schools to board rooms globally. Tinker is the host of PBS Energy Switch, an energy and climate talk show appearing on over 200 PBS stations nationwide, and Earth Date, featured weekly on over 450 public radio stations in all 50 United States. In his visits to some 60 countries, Scott has given over 1000 keynote and invited lectures. Dr. Tinker presented a TEDx talk on The Dual Challenge: Energy and Environment.
Scott serves on public company boards and science councils, Trinity University’s Board of Trustees, and is an angel investor who has helped bring companies from startup to acquisition. His writing has appeared from Forbes to Fortune to Scientific American. Dr. Tinker has served as president of several international professional associations and is an AGI Campbell Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, AIPG Parker Medalist, and a Geological Society of America Fellow.
#228 Priyanca Ford, Founder & Executive Board Member of Kronos Fusion Energy
Priyanca Ford is the Founder & Executive Board Member of Kronos Fusion Energy Incorporated, a company committed to developing algorithms and machine learning simulations for creating fusion energy generators and other clean fusion energy products that will have a lasting impact on future generations. As a lover of nature and an avid advocate for clean and limitless fusion energy,
Priyanca's passion for sustainable energy began during her childhood in India, where she dreamt of building a company that serves the best interests of the poorest humans on this planet. Currently, she is dedicating her life to achieving Q40 fusion energy mechanical gain.A Harvard Business School graduate with an Executive MBA, Priyanca has a strong background in mathematics, product management, and structuring large data sets to build innovative technology.
As a game theorist and minimalist, Priyanca's interest in fusion energy technology was sparked when she led end-to-end energy simulations at Edison International, which resulted in a new world ERP system that paved the way for a smarter grid and advanced smart meter technology.With over 17 years of experience driving monetization through statistical algorithms and predictive modeling in diverse industries, Priyanca has collaborated with innovative companies, gaining expertise in product development, statistical data analysis, machine learning, and managing executive team priorities. She applies game theory concepts, market positioning, product management, M&A experience, data and process analysis, and business intelligence to strategic executive decision-making.
Throughout her career, Priyanca has held various positions at prominent companies such as Samsung Electronics, The Walt Disney Company, Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster, and Deloitte Consulting. In addition to her professional roles, she has engaged in independent consulting, serving as a C-suite analytics and product strategy consultant for numerous companies, including fusion energy research ventures and Southern California Edison.
Priyanca has pursued non-degree programs in innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, game theory at Yale University, and holds a BS in Economics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Moreover, she founded a company called 3dbuildbot and served as an investor and board member for Brainmix Capital, an AI-focused fund.
Absolutely great energy discussions!
BTU is one of the most thoughtful and compelling energy podcasts available. Hear from the thought leaders creating the new clean energy economy!
This is a great podcast that dives deep into important issues while also getting to know the individuals profiled.
Raj is amazing!
Raj is a fantastic host. He not only get into the issues concerning climate change and the innovations that coming, he gets to know the person. That’s what a real host does. Recommend this for anyone who want to learn about the innovation on the energy space.