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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

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

    Phil Caldwell, Ceres Power – 63

    Phil Caldwell, Ceres Power – 63

    What’s it all about?

    Hydrogen vs Batteries!! Not at all. We’re (Clean) technology agnostic here. The challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss are enormous, and we need all the tools in the armoury to stand a chance. That said, it’s important we use the right tool for the right job, and that’s something I discuss with Phil Caldwell, CEO of Ceres Power, what is the best use case for fuel cells and hydrogen. We touch on the different challenges and advantages of leading a listed company, and the critical importance of talent.

    About Phil Caldwell: 

    Phil Caldwell was appointed Chief Executive of Ceres Power in September 2013. Under his leadership Ceres has grown into a world-class clean energy technology business addressing climate change and air quality. Ceres has grown from £50 million to more than £1 billion market capitalisation creating over 300 engineering and technology jobs in the UK.

    Phil has been instrumental in positioning Ceres as an asset-light licensing business; establishing partnerships with significant global engineering and technology players, such as Bosch in Germany, Weichai in China and Doosan in South Korea, using its proprietary Solid Oxide fuel cell technology which can use existing fuels such as natural gas, biofuels and also pure hydrogen to meet the urgency for low carbon power systems in industry, data centres, transportation and everyday living. Alongside its core fuel cell power applications Ceres is also developing Solid Oxide Electrolysers to produce high efficiency green hydrogen as a potential pathway to decarbonise industrial processes.
    Phil has worked in the fuel cell industry for 17 years. He started his career in the Electrochemical Technology Business within ICI. He has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from IESE Barcelona. Prior to joining Ceres he was Commercial Director at Intelligent Energy developing PEM fuel cells for mainly automotive applications.

    About Ceres Power:

    Ceres Power is a world-leading developer of next generation solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and electrochemical technology. Its asset-light, licensing model has seen it establish partnerships with some of the world’s largest engineering and technology companies, such as Weichai in China, Bosch in Germany, Miura in Japan, and Doosan in South Korea, to develop systems and products that address climate change and air quality challenges for transportation, industry, data centres and everyday living. Ceres is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) (AIM: CWR) and is classified by the LSE Green Economy Mark, which recognises listed companies that derive more than 50% of their activity from the green economy.

    Social links

    Phil Caldwell on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-caldwell-58121226/
    Ceres Power Website: https://www.ceres.tech/
    Ceres Power on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CeresPower
    Ceres Power on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ceres-power/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins, https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E327SVA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tu00_p1_i3

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    • 51 min
    Dan Goldman, Clean Energy Ventures – 62

    Dan Goldman, Clean Energy Ventures – 62

    We’ve had the opportunity to speak to some of the pure play cleantech VCs in Europe over the last few months, this time I was delighted to reach out to Dan to share his thoughts from a US perspective. I really like Dan’s approach to both technologies and management teams, and his efforts and take on the diversity and inclusion issue. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

    About Dan Goldman: 

    Dan Goldman is the co-founder and managing director of Clean Energy Ventures, a $110 million early-stage, advanced energy technology venture fund focused on investing in companies commercializing breakthrough technologies addressing climate change. Dan has over 25 years of energy industry operational and investment experience and has been involved in over $4 billion of energy infrastructure and venture finance transactions.

    Prior to Clean Energy Ventures, Dan co-founded Clean Energy Venture Group, one of the most active early-stage advanced energy investors in the U.S. with over thirty portfolio investments between 2007 and 2018. Dan holds board roles at REsurety, SparkMeter, LineVision and ConnectDER, as well as a number of board observer and advisory positions. He also serves as vice-chair of the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Prior to that, Dan served as president and CFO at GreatPoint Energy, a venture/strategic-backed clean energy technology company that raised $280 million to commercialize gasification technology.

    Dan received a B.S. from Cornell and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and is a member and the past chair of the board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

    About Clean Energy Ventures

    Clean Energy Ventures funds startups developing early-stage breakthrough technologies and services that decarbonize parts of incumbent technologies and industries. A $110M fund, Clean Energy Ventures has a strong track record of companies within its portfolio. The firm’s founders have been investing in, supporting and mentoring early-stage clean energy startups together since 2005, and work with a deep bench of venture partners to find and fund the most promising clean energy startups with the potential to mitigate 2.5 gigatons of carbon emissions between now and 2050.

    Social links

    Dan Goldman on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielgoldman1/
    Clean Energy Ventures Website: https://cleanenergyventures.com/
    Clean Energy Ventures on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CEVteam
    Clean Energy Ventures on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-energy-ventures/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Bloomberg Green - https://www.bloomberg.com/green

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    • 47 min
    Rupert Newland, Arenko Group – 61

    Rupert Newland, Arenko Group – 61

    I’ve been privileged to work with Rupert and his team over the last few years and to see the evolution of his business, as the energy transition and in particular the evolution of battery energy storage has seen challenges and opportunities. Here Rupert and I discuss that journey and how he sees the sector continue to evolve over the coming years.

    About Rupert Newland

    Rupert founded Arenko in 2015 to build a world class energy storage business. He is on the company’s Board of Directors and is the Chief Executive Officer. Rupert leads the growth, strategy and direction of Arenko as well as having overall responsibility for the day to day activities. Prior to creating Arenko, Rupert spent seven years in corporate finance, funding and advising renewables and technology businesses and projects. Through Rupert’s leadership, Arenko is addressing a major commercial opportunity and market need which is fundamental to the long-term sustainability of our energy system and provides long term value to our customers and consumers.

    About Arenko

    Arenko is a world leading battery software and controls platform building a differentiated position in the multi-billion-dollar battery controls and automation market. The technology is proven to maximise the commercial and technical return on some of the world’s largest battery assets and is the chosen provider of major battery owners.

    The company recently announced multiple long term software contracts as well as the strategic sale of 141MW of battery projects to focus as a pure play software provider and accelerate the commercialisation of its automation technology. Having proven the capabilities of its technology at scale, Arenko is in a period of rapid commercial scale up and intends to be the preferred software platform to unlock the value of batteries world-wide, offering a fully automated trading service for financial investors and a licence product for energy companies.

    Social links

    Rupert Newland on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rupert-newland-48892121/
    Arenko Group Website: https://arenko.group/
    Arenko Group on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArenkoG
    Arenko Group on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/arenko-cleantech/

    EPISODE LINKS

    In Pursuit of Excellence, Terry Orlick- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pursuit-Excellence-Terry-Orlick/dp/0736067574
    The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution,- https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Solved-Market-Revolution/dp/073521798X
    SALE OF BLOXWICH 41MW TO GRESHAM HOUSE https://arenko.group/sale-of-41mw-bloxwich-battery-storage-project-to-gresham-house/

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    • 39 min
    Simon Bushell, Sympower

    Simon Bushell, Sympower

    What’s it all about?

    I love when small start-ups emerge from accelarators and incubators and start playing with the big boys, engaging with Utilities and large corporates. A partnership increasingly happening and increasingly collaborative, with great results. Here Simon Bushell, CEO of Sympower shares his start-up journey, milestones and thoughts on 100% renewables and an electrified mobility future.

    About Simon Bushell

    Simon is the CEO and one of the founders of Sympower. His mission is to contribute to the systemic change needed to stop the climate crisis.
    Simon featured on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs in 2018. In the same year, he was also named a top talent by Dutch daily financial newspaper Het Financieel Dagblad. Outside of Sympower, Simon sat on the inaugural committee of de Jonge Klimaatbeweging, the Dutch Youth Climate Movement, and is a published researcher on the subject of climate change communication.

    About Sympower

    Sympower is the demand-response specialist using flexibility to power a successful energy transition. The company combines software and hardware, providing an end-to-end solution that stabilises energy grids and offers real-time monitoring and balancing of electricity supply and demand.

    Founded in 2015, Sympower has over 30 staff based in the Netherlands, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Israel. It works with grid operators, energy resellers and companies in traditional industries such as paper and pulp, recycling and waste, agriculture and water management. Sympower’s current customers include transmission system operators Fingrid, Svenska Kraftnät and TenneT, as well as the Israeli system operator.

    Social links

    Simon Bushell on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sbushell/
    Sympower Website: https://www.sympower.net/
    Sympower on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sympower
    Sympower on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sympower/
    Sympower on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sympowerltd

    EPISODE LINKS

    Team of Teams- General Stanley McChrystal - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B015YVRKPM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers -Ben Horowitz - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQ845EA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
    Heat, How we can stop the planet burning – George Monbiot - https://www.monbiot.com/books/heat/

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    • 45 min
    Toon Bouten, Tado – 59

    Toon Bouten, Tado – 59

    What’s it all about?

    Heating, cooling and energy efficiency! Don’t switch off! This stuff is so important, and I’m glad to focus on technologies and leaders across the cleantech sector. We all have a part to play, and Tado is a cool German start up doing great things to address the inefficiency of home heating and cooling. And Toon is an experienced CEO happy to share successes and mistakes and the challenges of scaling and working with original founders.

    About Toon Bouten

    Before joining tado° in 2017, Toon Bouten previously served as Vice President of Philips Electronics NV, where he led the European Consumer Division with multibillion Euro revenues in 48 EMEA countries. As Vice President of Compaq Computers he started the Compaq Consumer Division in EMEA and reached the number one market position in Europe with more than a billion Euro of annual revenues after six years. In early 2000, he took over the CEO position from the founder of Jobline AB, one of the first online recruiting companies and within one year successfully scaled the company to three divisions in nine countries, quadrupled revenues and listed the company on the Stockholm Stock exchange. More recently Toon served as President and CEO of GN Store Nord and GN Netcom, the Danish headset maker where he successfully redesigned its value chain and transitioned it to a scalable and well-positioned leader in the headset industry. Toon Bouten holds an engineering degree from the Technical University of Eindhoven.

    About Tado

    Founded in Munich, 2011, tado° is the European leader in intelligent home climate management. With its Smart Thermostats for heating and cooling, tado° works as your Climate Assistant with Skills such as Geofencing, Weather Adaptation, Open Window Detection, Air Comfort, and more.

    Having secured over USD 100m in funding and with 180 employees, tado° reshapes the way energy is consumed at home for more comfort, savings, and wellbeing.

    Social links

    Toon Bouten on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toon-bouten-a738872/
    Tado Website: https://www.tado.com/gb-en/
    Tado on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tado
    Tado on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tadogmbh/

    EPISODE LINKS

    Steve Jobs – Biography - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Jobs-Exclusive-Walter-Isaacson/dp/1408703742

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    • 43 min
    Cat Newman, Limejump – 58

    Cat Newman, Limejump – 58

    That the cleantech industry is so dynamic is one of its biggest appeals, and its biggest challenges. At Hyperion our goal is to help the world’s best cleantech companies find the talent to achieve their goals and ambitions, and to help founders towards their desired exit. I interviewed LImejump founder, and former CEO Erik Nygard on a previous episode, at the time Hyperion were supporting him to hire a COO. That process went well, and Cat Newman was hired into the role, so well in fact that she has recently been promoted to CEO as Erik moves on to new pastures, after their acquisition by Shell. It was great to talk to Cat about the challenges of moving from corporate to start-ups, about building structure and process for growth, about diversity and so much more. I hope you enjoy the episode.

    About Catherine Newman

    Catherine joined Limejump in February 2020, initially to run the Commercial and Trading teams as COO. In July 2020, Catherine moved into the role of CEO with plans to drive the company’s growth towards becoming the largest transformational player in the global renewable market. Previous to Limejump, Catherine spent 11 years at Gazprom Marketing and Trading. During this time Catherine was in a variety of roles – most noteworthy being COO of Trading and Director of Global IT and Delivery – she also chaired the operating committee.

    Prior to this, Catherine worked at BP. Even though Catherine has worked in the energy trading space for over 20 years, her career started in bioinformatics at Pfizer – she also spent time enjoying the dotcom bubble. This initial career choice followed her BSc (Hons) in Genetics and MSc in Bioinformatics in 1998, both from the University of Manchester. After the dotcom bubble burst, Catherine moved into energy consultancy where she spent time at most of the major energy players across Europe. In her spare time Catherine enjoys family life, keeping fit, gardening and cooking. She is a mental health first aider and is a strong advocate for keeping ‘the balance’ right in life.

    Social links

    Catherine Newman on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-newman-london/
    LimeJump Website: https://limejump.com/
    LimeJump on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Limejump
    LimeJump on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/limejump/

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    • 45 min

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