They say everything's bigger in Texas, including climate change. That's why Houston is leading the energy transition. Here in H-Town, the fourth largest city in the United States, entrepreneurs from across Texas and around the world are gathering to work with titans of industry to build the technology that will reduce emissions and power a low carbon future.
We sit down with those change makers and wildcatters who are solving the toughest energy challenges with trillions of dollars on the line. We dig into how Houston will bring technology to market on a massive scale. Join us as we talk with the leaders of the energy capital of the world as they show us how the energy transition gets done.
Hosts: Nada Ahmed and Jason Ethier
Managing Methane: The era of Methane Inventory and Fees are coming, but this revolutionary tech could help you manage your emissions
Welcome to our latest episode where we delve into the innovative world of methane abatement with Andrew Lane, the co-founder and CEO of Capwell Services. Capwell is at the forefront of environmental technology, having developed a patented and affordable solution to capture and abate methane from end-of-life wells that cannot be properly plugged. Join us as we explore the implications of this technology for our planet and the energy sector.
Key Points from the Episode:
Capwell's Innovation: Capwell Services has created a unique solution to address the methane emissions from end-of-life wells, providing an immediate reduction in emissions profiles for their clients.
Relocation to Houston: Andrew Lane discusses the strategic move to Houston, the, energy capital of the world, to be at the center of the energy transition and energy innovation.
The Methane Problem: The U.S. faces a significant challenge with an estimated 3.7 million abandoned wells, 60% of which are leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is 28x more potent than CO2.
Health and Environmental Impact: Methane and associated VOCs from these wells have been linked to health issues like asthma, and some emit hazardous gases like H2S.
Capwell's Sealing Solution: The company has developed various sealing mechanisms to capture methane, catering to the diverse conditions of these wells.
Methane Utilization and Destruction: Capwell's system is designed to either destroy the methane or repurpose it through on-site generation or reintroduction into pipelines, depending on infrastructure availability.
Regulatory Landscape: Discussion on the evolution of regulations, including the introduction of methane fines and federal grants aimed at well cleanup.
Partnerships and Monitoring: Capwell collaborates with partners for methane monitoring and plugging, and is developing onboard sensors to ensure zero methane leakage.
Business Model and Customer Base: Capwell offers different revenue streams, including short-term rentals, rent-to-own, and direct sales, targeting both private sector companies and state governments.
Cost-Effectiveness: A comparison of the costs associated with traditional plugging methods versus Capwell's solution, highlighting the potential savings and efficiency gains.
Founding Story: Andrew Lane shares the journey of Capwell's inception during his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania and the decision to pursue this venture full-time.
Zettawatts on Energy Tech Startups
In this enlightening episode, we dive deep into the world of energy transition technologies with Jason Beck from ZettaWatts. Jason shares his unique perspective on the evolving energy landscape, the importance of climate journeys, and the innovative solutions ZettaWatts is bringing to the table.
ZettaWatts' Mission: The company is focused on enabling energy transition technologies to reach the market and improve their financials. They aim to bridge the gap between new technologies and the financial structures that support them.
Climate Journey: Jason emphasizes the importance of individual climate journeys. He shares his own experience, highlighting the gradual awakening to sustainability and the need for collective action.
Houston's Energy Ecosystem: Houston is emerging as a hub for energy transition. Jason praises the city's vibrant ecosystem and the opportunities it offers for companies like ZetaWatts.
The Role of RECs: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) play a crucial role in the energy market. Jason explains the concept of a REC and its significance in promoting renewable energy sources.
ZetaWatts as a Market Maker: Unlike traditional bilateral markets, ZetaWatts operates as a market maker, aggregating demand and supply. This approach offers benefits like instant diversification and reduced risk for both buyers and sellers.
Innovation in Financing: The introduction of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the IRA has revolutionized the financing landscape for renewable energy projects. Jason delves into the nuances of these financial instruments and their impact on the industry.
Decarbonization by 2050: Jason recommends the book "Speed and Scale" as a master plan for achieving decarbonization by 2050. He stresses the importance of renewable energy in addressing a significant portion of the carbon problem.
Future of ZetaWatts: With a vision to transform the energy market, ZetaWatts is continuously innovating. Jason hints at the company's future endeavors, including exploring new attributes of renewable energy projects and enhancing the REC process.
GOLeafe on Energy Tech Startups
In this episode of the Energy Tech Startups Podcast, we sit down with Arsheen Allam, the founder and CEO of GOLeafe. With a background in material science and engineering, Arsheen has made significant strides in the world of nanotechnology, particularly with graphing materials. Join us as we delve into her journey, the innovations at GOLeafe, and the potential of graphene in the energy sector.
Arsheen Allam is the Founder and CEO of GOLeafe, with a background in material science and an MBA from Duke.
She was recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2019 for her work with graphing materials.
GOLeafe has developed a unique process to extract graphene oxide from various carbon waste streams.
Graphene oxide's water-solubility makes it versatile for diverse applications.
The company produces three to five-layer graphene oxide, focusing on practical applications.
GOLeafe's supercaps aim to improve grid storage, power supplies, and efficiency in electric vehicles.
Supercaps can significantly extend battery life and improve renewable energy storage efficiency.
Arsheen's entrepreneurial journey began with a venture in India, leading her to pursue an MBA for business skills.
The network and support from Duke have been pivotal in her business journey.
Arsheen shared a glimpse of student life at Duke, including the basketball tenting tradition.
Connect with Arsheen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arsheen-allam-793b2933/
Learn more about GOLeafe: https://goleafe.com/
In this episode of the energy technology podcast, we sit down with Manas Patak, the CEO and co-founder of EarthEn. Dive into a conversation about the innovative thermo-mechanical energy storage solution EarthEn offers, its potential impact on the energy sector, and the company's journey and future plans.
Manas introduces EarthEn, a company specializing in thermo-mechanical energy storage using supercritical CO2.
Their technology offers a compact, safe, and cost-effective solution for long-duration energy storage.
The unique use of supercritical CO2, which behaves both as a liquid and gas, is central to EarthEn's technology.
This approach is reminiscent of compressed air energy storage (CAES) but leverages CO2 for superior performance.
EarthEn's innovative approach allows for the augmentation of pipelines, turning them into energy storage assets.
The company targets a diverse range of customer segments, from utility-scale energy storage to commercial-industrial spaces.
Manas shares EarthEn's funding journey, including securing DOE grants and other awards and their future financing plans
With plans to launch their first commercial product by 2026-2027, EarthEn is on a mission to democratize access to clean energy globally.
Connect with Manas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pathakmanas/
Learn more about EarthEn: https://www.earthen.energy/
Helix Earth Technologies
In this episode, CEO and founder of Helix Earth Technologies, Rawand Rasheed, joins the show to discuss his background as an NASA Space Engineer and how it led him to start his own company. He shares insights into the technology originally developed for space that he is bringing back to Earth to decarbonize the built environment and heavy industries. Rawand explains the process of scaling up the technology and developing retrofit devices for air conditioning systems to reduce energy loads. He also delves into the challenges of IP negotiations and the importance of customer feedback in determining product-market fit.
Key takeaways from this episode:
Rawand's background as a aerospace engineer and his work on life support systems in space laid the foundation for his journey into decarbonizing the built environment and heavy industries.
The technology originally developed for fire suppression in space led to the development of a unique filtration method, which became the basis for Helix Earth's retrofit devices for air conditioning systems.
Customer feedback and market demand played a crucial role in determining the feasibility and potential impact of the technology, ultimately shaping the company's go-to-market strategy.
Rawand emphasizes the importance of a supportive community, mentorship, and building a strong team to navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship.
Rawand's childhood experiences and upbringing as an immigrant influenced his passion for the environment, science, and engineering, ultimately shaping his entrepreneurial journey, personal resilience, and commitment to creating innovative solutions.
Find Rawand here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rawandrasheed/
Helix Earth Technologies Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/89793107/admin/feed/posts/
Helix Earth Technologies Website: https://www.helixearthtechnologies.com
INOVUES on Energy Tech Startups
In this insightful episode, Anas Al Kassas, CEO of INOVUES, discusses the company's innovative approach to architectural and facade engineering. With a rich 15-year background in architectural and facade engineering, Anas delves deep into the company's mission to revolutionize building facades. INOVUES energy-saving and smart glass innovations is pioneering a change in the industry. Anas delves into the technology's core value proposition, its potential impact on building owners, and the importance of early backers in bringing such innovations to market.
Anas Al Kassas is at the helm of INOVUES, a company that offers a groundbreaking solution to upgrade building facades without removal, replacement, or disruption.
The technology can reduce the payback period for facade projects from potentially 100 years to as low as three years.
INOVUES addresses common window failures by creating a barrier that mitigates temperature differences, extending window lifespan, and allowing aesthetic upgrades.
Energy efficiency is pivotal for the future, especially with laws like New York's Local Law 97 emphasizing the need for sustainable solutions.
Anas highlights the importance of spreading awareness and educating building owners about the benefits of their technology.
The company is actively seeking early backers and investors to support their mission and bring their solutions to a broader market.
Connect with Anas Al Kassas via email at email@example.com or on platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter.
Such insightful conversations!
This is just what Houston needs to magnify its energy transition innovations.