89 episodes

Leaders in Cleantech is a weekly podcast with host David Hunt speaking to Cleantech CEOs and industry leaders about their trials, tribulations, successes, failures and future predictions for #cleantech #emobility #energystorage #renewables #smartcities #circulareconomy

Leaders in Cleantech David Hunt

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Leaders in Cleantech is a weekly podcast with host David Hunt speaking to Cleantech CEOs and industry leaders about their trials, tribulations, successes, failures and future predictions for #cleantech #emobility #energystorage #renewables #smartcities #circulareconomy

    Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical Aerospace – 89

    Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical Aerospace – 89

    What’s it all about?
    The electrification of transport continues at pace (literally and metaphorically), and one of the most interesting areas of growth, particularly for those who have to deal with high levels of local and regional road traffic congestion, is electric taxi’s. One of the leading pioneers in this sector is Vertical Aerospace. I was able to speak to founder and CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick ahead of his hot footing to New York to ring the bell on their NYSE public Listing on 16th December. We talk disruption, electrification, innovation and of course entrepreneurship. I hope you enjoy the episode.

    About Stephen Fitzpatrick: 
    Cleantech entrepreneur Stephen Fitzpatrick founded Vertical Aerospace in 2016, an electric aircraft company which is pioneering electric aviations. The Bristol, UK-based company has partnered with Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, GKN and Solvay to build one of the world’s most advanced electric VTOLs (vertical take-off and landing). Its VA-X4 aircraft will be capable of speeds of 200mph, a range of over 100miles, near silent when in flight and with zero operating emissions. Vertical has 1,350 conditional pre-orders of its aircraft for $5.4bn from the likes of American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Avolon and Bristow. The VA-X4 will be delivered to its customers, after certification, in 2024.

    Stephen is also the founder of OVO Energy, the UK’s largest independent energy company supplying British homes with 100% renewable energy. OVO hopes to decarbonise 5m British homes by 2030.

    About Vertical Aerospace:
    Vertical Aerospace is pioneering electric aviation. Over the past five years, Vertical has focused on building the most experienced and senior team in the eVTOL industry, who have over 1,700 combined years of engineering experience, and have certified and supported over 30 different civil and military aircraft and propulsion systems.

    Vertical’s unrivalled top-tier partner ecosystem is expected to de-risk operational execution and its pathway to certification, allow for a lean cost structure and enable production at scale. Vertical has received conditional pre-orders for a total of up to 1,350 aircraft from American Airlines, Avolon, Bristow and Iberojet, which includes pre-order options from Virgin Atlantic and Marubeni, and in doing so, is creating multiple potential near term and actionable routes to market. In June 2021, Vertical Aerospace announced a SPAC merger with Broadstone Acquisition Corp (NYSE: BSN).

    Social links

    Stephen LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-fitzpatrick-9858bb9/
    Vertical Aerospace LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vertical-aerospace-ltd/
    Vertical Aerospace Twitter: https://twitter.com/VerticalAero
    Vertical Aerospace Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/verticalaerospace/?hl=en
    Vertical Aerospace YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMrfQ2oH7u7IVG5z0mFlWXQ

    About Hyperion Executive Search

    Hyperion are a specialist executive search firm working with some of the most innovative cleantech companies in the world, helping to find extraordinary talent to enable their growth and success. Partnering with leading cleantech VCs, as well as directly with founders and entrepreneurs in the sector. With our clients we are transforming business and growing a strong and prosperous cleantech economy.

    If you want to grow your team, or move forward your career, visit www.hyperionsearch.com, or email info@hyperionsearch.com

    EPISODE LINKS

    Heathrow's flying taxis will shuttle passengers between UK cities for the price of an Uber in just four years' time https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10123779/Heathrows-flying-taxis-shuttle-passengers-UK-cities.html

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    • 41 min
    Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot – 88

    Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot – 88

    What’s it all about?

    Extreme fast charging of electric vehicles! I love batteries, and cars, and of course electric vehicles, and I’ve been watching Storedot for some time, and how they are creating batteries that can charge a car fully in 5 minutes. Now I don’t mind a 30-40 minute charge whilst stopped at a service station, or trickle charging at home, but for some people it’s still a barrier to entry, and faster charging will remove another excuse for adoption, and make it easier for us all. A great story of cross discipline research and collaboration. I hope you enjoy the episode.

    About Doron Myersdorf

    As the CEO of StoreDot, Doron brings vast experience in business and technology management to StoreDot. Prior to founding the company, he served as senior director of SanDisk SSD Business Unit (NASDAQ: SNDK), establishing and managing the division in Israel, building product strategy, marketing and business development, resulting in sales to leading laptop makers amounting to over $100M in revenue in under 3 years.

    Previously, he was VP Flash and Operations of systems, a flash memory global leader, where he managed strategic sourcing of $1B annually, resulting in annual revenue of over $1.5B. Doron’s diverse record also includes founder and CEO of InnerPresence, a Silicon Valley security software company, and co-founder and VP business development of Siftology, a pioneer in interactive media search.

    Earlier, as Partner at Tefen – Semiconductor Operations Management, Doron managed US West Coast operations, in charge of the design and setup of over 40 semiconductor, pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing facilities worldwide.

    Doron holds PhD in R&D Management (1994), MSc in information systems (cum laude, 1991) and BSc in Industrial Engineering Management (cum laude, 1989) - all from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

    About StoreDot:

    StoreDot is a pioneer and leader of extreme fast charging (XFC) batteries that overcome the critical barrier to mainstream EV adoption – range and charging anxiety. The company has revolutionized the conventional Li-ion battery by designing and synthesizing proprietary organic and inorganic compounds, making it possible to fully charge an EV in just five minutes – the same time it takes to refuel a conventional combustion engine vehicle. StoreDot’s battery technology is optimized for best driver experience with XFC in Li-ion batteries, as well as future technologies for extreme energy-density (XED).

    Social links: 

    StoreDot
    Website: https://www.store-dot.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/storedot/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ChQSDVUxSLokJjP42Wmqg
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoreDotLtd?lang=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoredotLtd/

    Doron Mysersdorf

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/donush
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donush/

    If you want to grow your team, or move forward your career, visit www.hyperionsearch.com, or email info@hyperionsearch.com

    EPISODE LINKS

    Storedot Scooter charge Demo. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYOsJTL72uY
    Solar and Storage Live - https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/solar-storage-live/index.stm

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    • 43 min
    Jules Besnainou, Cleantech for Europe – 87

    Jules Besnainou, Cleantech for Europe – 87

    What’s it all about?

    I first met Jules through his work at Cleantech Group, but was delighted when I saw, via a number of VC contacts, that he was leading the Cleantech for Europe initiative. I’ve worked for and with many of the VC’s involved, and their portfolio companies. This is a great initiative, with the mission to help the EU lead the race to net zero by putting innovation at the center of the public policy debate, and building bridges between the EU’s cleantech community and policymakers. In President Von der Leyen's words, we are here to seize the EU's man on the moon moment. No small ambition or challenge. I talk to Jules about the state of play in Europe, how it compares to the US and how the EU can seize its moment.

    About Jules Besnainou

    Jules Besnainou leads Cleantech for Europe, an initiative supported by Breakthrough Energy and 12 EU cleantech VCs, aiming to help the EU lead the race to net zero by building bridges between cleantech and policy leaders. Jules is a director at Cleantech Group, the global authority on clean technology innovation. In his decade at the company, Jules has advised the world’s leading cleantech investors and corporates, helping them assess new innovations and deploy capital. After starting his career in San Francisco and London, he moved back to France to focus on European clients and strategy. Jules graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po Paris.

    About Cleantech for Europe

    Cleantech for Europe’s mission is to help the EU lead the race to net zero by putting innovation at the center of the public policy debate, and building bridges between the EU’s cleantech community and policymakers. In President Von der Leyen's words, we are here to seize the EU's man on the moon moment. The initiative is powered by Cleantech Group, supported by Breakthrough Energy and gathers 12 leading EU cleantech venture capital firms.

    Social links

    Cleantech for Europe Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleantechforeu
    Cleantech for Europe Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/74494891
    Cleantech for Europe Website: https://www.cleantechforeurope.com/
    Jules Besnainau LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jules-besnainou-26a51b41/

    About Hyperion Executive Search

    Hyperion are a specialist executive search firm working with some of the most innovative cleantech companies in the world, helping to find extraordinary talent to enable their growth and success. Partnering with leading cleantech VCs, as well as directly with founders and entrepreneurs in the sector. With our clients we are transforming business and growing a strong and prosperous cleantech economy.

    If you want to grow your team, or move forward your career, visit www.hyperionsearch.com, or email info@hyperionsearch.com

    EPISODE LINKS

    Solar & Storage Live, NEC- Birmingham- https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/solar-storage-live/index.stm
    Cleantech for Europe Q3 Review - https://s3.amazonaws.com/i3.cleantech/uploads/additional_resources_pdf/56/256/Cleantech_for_Europe_-_EU_Cleantech_Briefing_-_Q3_2021.pdf

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    If you do enjoy the podcast, please write a review on iTunes, or your usual podcast platform, and tell your cleantech friends about us. That would be much appreciated.

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    • 39 min
    Lukasz Bednarski, Lithium: The Global Race for Battery Dominance and the New Energy Revolution – 86

    Lukasz Bednarski, Lithium: The Global Race for Battery Dominance and the New Energy Revolution – 86

    What’s it all about?
    In a nutshell, Lithium! So much is spoken about the supply and availability of Lithium, and about the Lithium battery sector, from availability of source material, the impact of extraction, and of course the geopolitics of lithium and battery supply. There is no doubt these are huge topics, with a significant impact on how and if we can make the transitions to clean energy and mobility that are essential to the future of our economy, society, and the human race’s survival! So what is the story? Take a listen and find out.

    About Lukasz Bednarski: 

    Lukasz Bednarski is an author, battery materials analyst and a former commodity trader.

    About ‘Lithium: The Global Race for Battery Dominance and the New Energy Revolution’:

    “Lithium: The Global Race for Battery Dominance and the New Energy Revolution” travels from the salt lakes of the Tibetan plateau, where Chinese government–linked companies extract lithium, to Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, which hold the world’s biggest resources of the mineral. It reveals superpowers’ struggle to secure strategic supplies, and the astonishing efforts of lone-wolf inventors and entrepreneurs. The book also explores the environmental impact of lithium extraction, the limits to battery electrification, and lithium battery recycling as the way forward.

    Social links: 

    Lukasz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LithiumResearch

    About Hyperion Executive Search:

    Hyperion are a specialist executive search firm working with some of the most innovative cleantech companies in the world, helping to find extraordinary talent to enable their growth and success. Partnering with leading cleantech VCs, as well as directly with founders and entrepreneurs in the sector. With our clients we are transforming business and growing a strong and prosperous cleantech economy.

    If you want to grow your team, or move forward your career, visit www.hyperionsearch.com, or email info@hyperionsearch.com

    EPISODE LINKS

    Lithium: The Global race for Battery dominance and the New Energy Revolution! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lithium-Global-Battery-Dominance-Revolution/dp/1787385639/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1633536261&qsid=258-2814752-9203612&refinements=p_27%3ALukasz+Bednarski&s=books&sr=1-1&sres=1787385639&text=Lukasz+Bednarski

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    • 42 min
    Nick Stokman, Rockstart – 84

    Nick Stokman, Rockstart – 84

    What’s it all about?

    One of the things that drives me most is helping cleantech founders and start-ups to scale and bring great products and solutions to the world. I do this through the Hyperion Executive Search team, through mentoring for accelerators and incubators like Plug & Play, and Foresight Cananda, and through this podcast. This week I’m keen to share a great new Rockstart accelerator opportunity. Doors close to entry on 30th September, so take a listen, and see if this could be the catalyst for you and your idea or company to come to life.

    About Nick Stokman: 

    Nick is the former Investment Director at Lucros Investment, responsible for building a portfolio of direct equity (VC and PE) and fund investments within the technology sector focused on the energy transition. Nick has 13+ years of transaction experience in an international setting, including 11+ years of experience within the energy investing segment ranging from large (multi billion) project/development investments & financings, to early & late stage VC (up to Series H), and fund investments. Before joining the Rockstart team he was an investor and a mentor for startups in the Smart Energy programs (on behalf of Lucros). Next to his role at the Rockstart Energy Fund, Nick holds non-executive board positions at two cleantech startups. Nick holds an MSc from Erasmus University.

    About Rockstart:

    Rockstart is a global accelerator-VC empowering purpose-driven founder. Through its €22m fund focused on Energy startups, Rockstart is dedicated to finding and investing in top tier founders. Rockstart Energy is for early-stage startups contributing to the energy transition and driving the transformation towards renewable, clean and low carbon energy solutions. The fund is looking to make new investments in the coming months in promising startups, specifically in these three areas of interest:

    o Renewable energy generation
    o Low carbon solutions
    o Mobility

    Social links: 

    Website: https://www.rockstart.com/energy/energy-2021/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rockstart
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockstart
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockstart

    About Hyperion Executive Search:

    Hyperion are a specialist executive search firm working with some of the most innovative cleantech companies in the world, helping to find extraordinary talent to enable their growth and success. Partnering with leading cleantech VCs, as well as directly with founders and entrepreneurs in the sector. With our clients we are transforming business and growing a strong and prosperous cleantech economy.

    If you want to grow your team, or move forward your career, visit www.hyperionsearch.com, or email info@hyperionsearch.com

    About David Hunt

    David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the cleantech sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. He also hosts the ‘Leaders in Cleantech’ Podcast. He was also chosen as one of 25 Linked In Top Voices 2018, and is a Board Advisor, a Mentor for several cleantech accelerators and Speaker.

    EPISODE LINKS

    Rockstart Energy Accelerator accepting applications until 30th September 2021 https://www.rockstart.com/energy/energy-2021/
    Simon Bushall, Sympower, Rockstart Alumni https://leadersincleantech.com/simon-bushell-sympower

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    • 33 min
    Fully Charged Live, Robert Llewellyn & Dan Ceasar - 83

    Fully Charged Live, Robert Llewellyn & Dan Ceasar - 83

    What’s it all about?

    At last. With caution and compliance being followed, live events are back. I expect very many of the Leaders in Cleantech audience are familiar with the all things clean mobility and energy Youtube Channel Fully Charged. As well as having over 800,000 subscribers and 2 million monthly views, the Fully Charged team have also been running fantastic events, in the UK and Austin, Texas. Then Covid interrupted that flow. Now they’re back, starting in the UK in September 2021. I speak to Fully Charged Founder and host Robert Llewelyn (TV actor/presenter and Red Dwarf cult hero) and my good friend Dan Ceasar (CEO and now also a presenter) to look forward to what we can expect at this event, and other international events to follow.

    About Robert Llewellyn: 

    Robert Llewellyn is a British actor, presenter and writer, famous for his thirty-year stretch as the rubber-masked mechanoid Kryten in the much-loved science fiction comedy, ‘Red Dwarf’. With his interest in engineering, Robert then turned his hand to presenting the long-running TV gameshow, ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ and also ‘How Do They Do It?’ and ‘Carpool’.

    In 2010, after being blown away by early Electric Cars, Robert launched Fully Charged, a YouTube channel focussing on the future of electric vehicles, of all shapes and sizes, and clean energy. Fully Charged has exceeded 55 million views around the world and Robert was recently acknowledged as ‘Tech Legend’ at the T3 Awards.

    About Dan Caesar: 

    Clean Energy promoter since 2005, Electric Car driver since 2015, Dan has 25 years’ experience in digital, events and media. He's worked with, or on, the following in that timeframe: Accelerating Clean Technologies, Ceres Power, CORGI, Department of Energy & Climate Change, Energise Communications, Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Solar Media, Wolseley Plc; Renewables Roadshow, Renewables Awards, Renewable Heat Incentive Roadshow, Energy Storage Alliance, Energy Saving Home at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Installer/Green Installer Magazine, House of the Future/Installer LIVE and Place Magazine.

    About Fully Charged:

    The origins of Fully Charged lay in the question, ‘is it possible for humans to no longer need to burn things to live, to work and to travel?’ An unachievable destination perhaps, but an important direction of travel as the world responds to air pollution and climate breakdown. Our recent Fully Charged survey shows that our audience want to live and work in buildings, and travel in vehicles that don’t cost the earth.
    Fully Charged exists therefore to educate, encourage and explain to its viewers that a very high percentage of the energy that the global population demands can and should, come from ‘clean’ sources, like solar, wind and energy storage. In short, we would like the world to…

    STOP BURNING STUFF

    Social links: 

    Fully Charged Live UK: https://fullycharged.show/events/fully-charged-live-2021/
    Fully Charged on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/robert-llewellyn-s-fully-charged-show/
    Fully Charged Website: https://fullycharged.show/
    Fully Charged YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/fullychargedshow

    About David Hunt

    David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the cleantech sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. He also hosts the ‘Leaders in Cleantech’ Podcast. He was also chosen as one of 25 Linked In Top Voices 2018, and is a Board Advisor, a Mentor for several cleantech accelerators and Speaker.

    EPISODE LINKS

    For a ticket to the Business Day at FCL Outdoors for Friday 3rd September (For Leaders in Cleantech listeners, this is free and will also include free entry to the rest of the three day event.
    https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/5JJ3-6QE/fully-charged-2021

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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72 Ratings

J0HN_GALT ,

A must for anyone who wants to engage in Cleantech

These podcasts offer real life learning experiences for anyone engaged in startups, but most applicable to the “Clean-space” sector. I particularly like that David’s guests, all successful leaders, share their experiences openly, almost like chatting over a drink, hence a relaxed and very open exchange. I find nuggets of value in everyone. I particularly like that it covers the whole space, and provides insights that only insiders would know.

Thank you David for providing such engaging content.

JoshCrist ,

Awesome podcast!

David and his guests make this show a must-listen if you have any interest in the world of cleantech. Each episode is insightful, entertaining and empowering as the innovating technology shaping the future is explained in depth. I highly recommend listening and subscribing to This Week in Cleantech! You'll grow your knowledge AND understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur capable of building the changes our world needs!

arf206 ,

Great show, wide range of insights

Big fan of the show & regular listener. David is knowledge and amiable interviewer & I like the long form interview format - learn lots of new things - especially with such a range of guests. Keep em coming!

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