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A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference. Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay.

We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!  

Come and say hi on Instagram (@apositiveclimatepodcast), Twitter (@pstvclimate) or LinkedIn. For bonus content, the latest climate tech news and to make sure you never miss an episode, sign up to our mailing list @ www.apositiveclimate.com 

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A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference. Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay.

We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!  

Come and say hi on Instagram (@apositiveclimatepodcast), Twitter (@pstvclimate) or LinkedIn. For bonus content, the latest climate tech news and to make sure you never miss an episode, sign up to our mailing list @ www.apositiveclimate.com 

    Hydrogen: how Aussie startup Hysata is leading the hydrogen revolution

    Hydrogen: how Aussie startup Hysata is leading the hydrogen revolution

    Alex provides a primer on hydrogen's role in our future clean economy and then we interview Tom Campey from Hysata (11:21) an Australian startup with a breakthrough electrolyser technology.  

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    Hydrogen gets a lot of hype in the media as a future technology, the “swiss army knife” for a decarbonised future. This week we chat with Tom Campey, Chief Commercial Officer from Hysata - a startup based out of Wollongong in Australia that has created the world's most efficient electrolyser technology (from the University of Wollongong). 

    In the episode we cover: 


    The basics of hydrogen - from our own hydrogen expert, Alex McIntosh 
    The role of hydrogen - where will it win? 
    How an electrolyser works 
    How the Hysata electrolyser is a gamer changer, their journey to date and how they intend to commericalise their technology 
    When will hydrogen become commercial? 

    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic


    Hysata’s article in Nature
    Michael Liebrich’s hydrogen ladder 
    A video explainer of the Hysata technology

    About the podcast

    A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference.

    Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay. We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

    If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    The Australian Guide to Electric Vehicles (feat. CarsGuide)

    The Australian Guide to Electric Vehicles (feat. CarsGuide)

    Tom White from CarsGuide presents the state of play for electric vehicles in Australia. 

    Tom has a very cool job! He gets to drive and review all the latest electric vehicles that are coming to Australia. He also recently released the EVGuide Report for all the latest stats, facts and figures on Electric Vehicles

    So what better person to chat to (after our Season 1 chat to Tim Washington) to focus on where things are at for EVs including:


    What are the top selling models currently?
    What are the coolest new releases?
    How and WHEN Australians can get their hands on the latest models?
    Answers to key questions on range, recharging, vehicle to grid, how long EVs last for, when we’ll see a second hard market and much more
    The FUTURE of electric passenger transport (and will it involve hydrogen?)

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic


    CarsGuide’s EV reviews
    Some of the Aussie companies mentioned in the show

    JET Charge
    Chargefox 
    JOLT
    Re:Start
    Relectrify

    Nick’s favourite looking EV model - the Totem Automobili

    About the podcast

    A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference.

    Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay. We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

    If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Reducing your personal carbon footprint (feat. One Small Step)

    Reducing your personal carbon footprint (feat. One Small Step)

    Lily Dempster from One Small Step chats to us about how to address your personal carbon footprint.

    Welcome to Season THREE of A Positive Climate! We’re excited to have a new season of another ten episodes, released fortnightly on Tuesdays in Australia. HIT THE FOLLOW / SUBSCRIBE button in your podcast app

    One Small Step is a mobile app that aims to be your personal sustainability coach. It provides you with tailored programs to help you cut your carbon footprint. It uses behavioural science to make green living simple, easy and fun. Lily has just moved over to the US to continue to scale the business. Give it a download!

    We wanted to bring Lily on not only to share what you can do but also how we should think about what to do. Should we feel guilty when we forget our keep cups? Should we procreate? The big questions!

    We cover a lot on this episode including:


    Tips and tricks to have less of an impact on the environment and climate
    Whether consumers can truly impact the needle on carbon emissions compared to big business
    The biggest sources of personal emissions
    Australia’s (unwanted) place near the top of the global carbon emitter leaderboard   
    Carbon offsetting and donating to climate charities 
    A speed round of submitted questions to Lily from our audience!

    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic


    https://founderspledge.com/stories/climate-and-lifestyle-report

    About the podcast

    A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference.

    Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay. We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

    If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you 

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    A Positive Climate #Wrapped: 2021 in Review with Alex and Nick

    A Positive Climate #Wrapped: 2021 in Review with Alex and Nick

    Alex and Nick wrap up 2021 and the end of our second season with a wide ranging chat: the current state of cleantech, some BOLD predictions about the future, the zaniest climate solutions of 2021 and what we’re excited about for 2022! 

    We cover a lot on this episode:


    Australia’s opportunity to be a renewable energy superpower;
    the hydrogen economy; 
    when we might get to high levels of EV uptake; 
    what our dinner plates might look like in 2025;
    Our favourite moments of Season 1 and 2; 
    Cleantech startup success stories from 2021; and 
    the positive mood at the end of the year around Australian cleantech startups. 

    Alex also briefly talks about cows urinating and Nick covers bees offering pollination as a service.  

    It's been a huge year and we couldn’t be more proud of the growth of this little podcast in such a short space of time. A HUGE thank you to all our loyal listeners for your continued support. We look forward to bringing you even more great episodes in 2022!

    If you know any amazing companies we should profile in 2022 send us an email via hello@apositiveclimate.com. 

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference. Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay.

    We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

    If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!  

    Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or our website. 

    ***Music by the late, great Nick Weaver.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    E-bikes: the electric vehicle transforming our cities (feat. Zoomo)

    E-bikes: the electric vehicle transforming our cities (feat. Zoomo)

    Zoomo’s Mina Nada chats to Nick and Alex about the role of electric bikes in the future of our cities.

    Electric vehicles are a key pillar of our shift to zero carbon transportation. And when we hear the words "electric vehicles" most of us think about cars. But what about e-bikes? In the US for example they outsold cars by over 2 to 1 last year! And they are growing at 16 times faster than general cycling. 

    We wanted to feature ebikes because the reality is they’re not replacing walking or the humble push-bike - they’re replacing trips commonly made by cars and even trucks. And it’s because they’re up to 60% faster at getting you what you need. 

    So there’s a good chance your delivered pad-thai came to you on an e-bike and a really good chance it came to you on a Zoomo bike. Zoomo is riding a number of waves: electrification, the rise of the gig economy and consumers LOVE of on-demand products. The waves are so large that they just raised a A$80m funding round to continue to expand their business globally. Their co-founders recently won the TrailBlazer Award at the 2021 Young Entrepreneur Awards so we were lucky to have their CEO Mina Nada to chat e-bikes. 

    In this episode we cover:


    The role of e-bikes in addressing the zero carbon transportation challenge
    What is driving the explosion of e-bike usage around the world
    An e-bikes for dummies speed round (costs, charging times, range, theft)
    Why Zoomo is unique and why the bikes are flying off the shelves
    How Australia can go about creating a bike culture

    Oh and if you listen to this and think - “Geez I wish i knew more about the batteries powering transportation”- we have an episode for that too!

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference. Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay.

    We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

    If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!  

    Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or our website. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Australia's Role in the Battery Revolution (feat. Sicona)

    Australia's Role in the Battery Revolution (feat. Sicona)

    Christaan Jordaan of Sicona and Novalith talks to us about Australia’s great opportunity in batteries.

    Yes, the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. But there’s lots of technologies for those in between times - some are old, some are new but all of them are getting much much better. Pumped hydro, hydrogen, thermal storage and of course, BATTERIES.

    Batteries are getting cheaper, more efficient and more omnipresent. But where will all the materials come from and what role can Australia play?

    Nick and Alex chatted to Christiaan who is involved in not one but TWO impressive Australian startups targeting this huge economic opportunity. The first Sicona, is innovating within the battery, helping to improve the efficiency via unique anode materials. The other is Novalith, which is commercialising a technology to make the extraction of lithium - a key battery material - more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

    We cover a lot in this episode including:


    The role of batteries in addressing climate change
    Christiaan’s unique perspective on the industry (having worked at one stage in a graphite mine in Mozambique)
    The key materials in the battery supply chain and where they come from
    The exciting opportunity for both Sicona and Novalith
    Some of the inspiring international companies innovating in battery technology

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic


    A TED-talk primer on how batteries work

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    A Positive Climate is an uplifting podcast about tackling climate change. An inspiring look at the products, people and technologies making a real difference. Hosted by Australian climate technology experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer, two friends on a mission to find the solutions to keep our existential crises at bay.

    We cover it all on the show while keeping things optimistic and accessible: electric planes, waste eating maggots, plant-based meats, hydrogen made from beer, the solar revolution, the coolest new sustainable products and much much more.

    If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement, this podcast is for you!  

    Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or our website.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min

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