Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.
Ep182: Vanadium Flow Batteries
Matt Harper, chief commercial officer at Invinity Energy Systems, joins us to explain vanadium flow batteries. We discuss the future of energy storage, how vanadium flow batteries differ from lithium-ion, what has held back vanadium flow so far, what’s next for Invinity and more.
Ep181: Intersect Power’s Approach and Latest Financing
Sheldon Kimber, CEO and co-founder of Intersect Power, joins us to discuss what he is seeing in the industry and talk about the company’s latest financing. We discuss Intersect’s interest in green hydrogen, how big of an impact tariffs are having on supply chain issues, the current tax equity market, Intersect’s $2.6B financing for construction and operations of a six-portfolio project, and more.
Ep180: Insuring Renewables
Maryann Johnson, senior managing director of property and energy claims at Beecher Carlson, Brian DiLuigi, senior vice president of alternative energy, and Alex Nephew, risk management and insurance advisor with Brown & Brown, join us to discuss the complexities of insuring renewables. We discuss the different capabilities Beecher Carlson and Brown & Brown have to help renewable energy companies, the types of coverage the insurance market has in place for solar and other renewables, some of the differences within the renewables industry relating to coverage and cost for asset owners, what has been happening in regard to losses and claims due to recent severe weather events, the differences relating to coverage and cost for solar asset owners, risk factors that dictate appetite and cost for carriers, what developers and asset owners should be doing to minimize their risk and cost, and more.
Ep179: Solar Energy Validation
Jackson Moore, product director at DNV for renewable energy software, joins us to discuss DNV's solar energy validation work and to address questions about how and why solar assets may underperform. We discuss factors that may affect the likelihood that a project will satisfy investor expectations, whether any of the common causes of underperformance may be remediable during operation, how underperformance risk is being addressed in project finance transactions and more.
Ep178: Green Energy Infrastructure
Sam Porter and Mike Sloan, partners at Synergetic, join us to discuss green energy infrastructure. We go over Synergetic’s mission to deliver zero-carbon energy, the current infrastructure issues that it has identified, how fast the energy transition can happen, what has been learned from Texas’ proactive electric transmission plan (CREZ), what they expect from the infrastructure bill and more.
Ep177: Sustainable Finance
Michael Edesess, managing partner, and Pascal Schoneburg, founder of M1K, join us to talk about sustainable finance. We discuss what sustainable finance is, the financial instruments included in it, whether sustainable finance has been embraced by corporations, the benefits of a sustainable investment and more.
Straight from the horses mouth
One of my favorite things about the energy transition is the direct access to people who are in business and their willingness to share their thoughts. This podcast is a great example - nothing but profiles of important players in the business side of the wider effort to save life on earth. I’m not a capitalist but understanding the business environment is critical to my work - thank you for what you all do to bring this info to the public.
Best way for a quick update of the trends and issues in the energy business. Very nicely unpackaged by the very knowledgeable moderator.
Perfect for project finance professionals but poor audio quality
Finally found a way to efficiently keep current on PFI issues, from trustworthy industry experts. Love it, keep em coming!!
Also, I'd be happy to see these go a bit longer and deeper into the subject matter.
HOWEVER, if Norton Rose is reading this, PLEASE have an audio technician take a look at (1) the recording equipment and (2) the post processing. It's terribly "grainy" sound. The host and guests really need to be mic'd up appropriately, and the audio should be recorded/released in higher fidelity. It comes off as very amateurish and would only take a couple of minutes and <$100 to fix.