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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

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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

    Juliet Davenport, Good Energy – 78

    Juliet Davenport, Good Energy – 78

    In my early days in renewable energy Good Energy were one of the few companies out there providing customers with clean energy to the consumer. They were a pioneer and inspiration as I co-founded my solar business. Now, many years later I have had the opportunity to have CEO and Founder Juliet Davenport share her founding story, and much more besides. An engaging and passionate climate activist, entrepreneur and climate scientist makes for an interesting story and set of experiences. I hope you enjoy the episode.

    About Juliet Davenport 
    Juliet is the Founder and a Non-Executive Director of Good Energy Group plc – a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together with its customers.
    Juliet was Good Energy’s CEO for 19 years, working on ideas to fight climate change and transform the energy sector for the better. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables.
    She currently sits on the board of the Renewable Energy Association and Innovate UK and is Vice President of the Energy Institute. In July 2020 she was appointed as a new board member of The Crown Estate.
    In addition, she sits on the advisory boards of leading UK think tanks, including Energy Systems Catapult, Aurora, Oxford Energy, and LSE’s Grantham Institute.
    Juliet has various scholastic credentials with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University, Birkbeck and LSE, where she has various roles and accolades, with the ambition of influencing the next generation to think about the energy transition and our low carbon future.
    Juliet is passionate about creating a business that does good; one that can deliver the needs of society in a purposeful way. As part of this vision, she is working with the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project, thinking about a better future.

    About Good Energy

    Good Energy is a generator and supplier of 100% renewable power and an innovator in energy services. It currently owns two wind farms, six solar farms and sources electricity from a community of 1,600 independent UK generators. It has over 250,000 home and business customers.  

    Since it was founded 20 years ago by Juliet Davenport, the company has been at the forefront of the charge towards a cleaner, distributed energy system. Its mission is to support UK households and businesses generate, store and share clean power.  

    Social links 

    Personal website https://julietdavenport.com
    Twitter https://twitter.com/DavenportJuliet
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliet-davenport-643564
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/davenport.juliet/

    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

    How I built this podcast – Guy Raz https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
    Great Green Questions podcast – Juliet Davenport https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/great-green-questions/id1557916383

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    • 39 min
    Dr Graham Cooley, ITM Power – 77

    Dr Graham Cooley, ITM Power – 77

    What’s it all about?

    Green Hydrogen! I’ve been aware of Graham and the work of ITM for some time, since meeting their Germany team at Power to X event in Dusseldorf, and seeing the scale of their recently expanded manufacturing capacity, I thought it would be a great time to have CEO Dr Graham Cooley on the podcast. Hydrogen is still in some ways contentious, but as I’ve said many times, it’s about the right tech solving the right problem. There is much to be done to replace grey/dirty hydrogen with green hydrogen, and it was fascinating to hear Graham’s take on this.

    About Graham Cooley: 

    Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. ITM Power was the first hydrogen related company to be listed on the London Stock Market and has been developing electrolyser equipment for over 20 years. Graham started his career in the power sector in 1989 joining the CEGB and became Business Development Manager at National Power plc and then International Power plc developing energy storage and new generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out from Cambridge University and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd. Graham has a PhD in physics, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). Graham also sits on a number of industry bodies and is a member of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council.

    About ITM Power:

    ITM Power plc manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of renewable hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In October 2019, the Company announced the completion of a £58.8 million fundraising, including an investment by Linde of £38 million, together with the formation of a joint venture with Linde to focus on delivering renewable hydrogen to large-scale industrial projects worldwide. ITM Power operates from the world's largest electrolyser factory in Sheffield with a capacity of 1GW (1,000MW) per annum. Customers and partners include Sumitomo, Ørsted, Phillips 66, Scottish Power, Siemens Gamesa, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Gasunie, RWE, Engie, GNVert, National Express, Toyota, Hyundai and Anglo American among others.

    Social links: 

    ITM Power Website: www.itm-power.com
    ITM Power on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ITMPowerPlc
    ITM Power on Flickr: ITM Power | Flickr
    ITM Power on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ITMPowerPlc
    ITM Power on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITM-Power-113334372043763/?v=wall
    Graham on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/grahamcooley
    Graham on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrahamCooley4

    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

    The ITM Gigafactory walk through is on the company homepage https://www.itm-power.com/

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    • 39 min
    Lubomila Jordanova, Plan A Earth – 76

    Lubomila Jordanova, Plan A Earth – 76

    Lubomila Jordanova is a cleantech force of nature. A passionate founder, leader and connector of people. I’ve enjoyed working with Lubomila via the Greentech Alliance, and seen how she has built and raised funds for the innovative Plan.A Earth platform, and transitioned the business during Covid. She has a great story and energy, and was delighted to be able to share that on the podcast.

    About Lubomila Jordanova: 

    Lubomila Jordanova is the founder and CEO of PlanA.Earth, a Berlin-based startup developing an end-to-end platform that enables companies to measure, monitor and reduce their environmental footprint and improve their ESG performance. She is also the co-founder of the Greentech Alliance, a community of 500+ startups which are connected to over 350+ advisors from VC, media and business, who help them monthly with advice and feedback. Prior to Plan A, she worked in investment banking, venture capital and fintech in Asia and Europe. She was recently announced as Marshall Fund Fellow for 2021 and 100 Top Women in Germany 2020.

    About PlanA.Earth:

    Plan A is an end-to-end platform that lets companies measure, monitor and reduce their environmental footprint and improve their ESG performance. PlanA.Earth empowers enterprises to manage their company sustainably by transforming environmental insights into positive business results. The firm has been recognised by the President of the European Commission as a key player in the field.

    The product calculates company emissions through automated data collection processes, removing the need for cross-department data collection hassle. It then monitors emissions over time, allowing the client to understand their progress and see how they compare to industry benchmarks. Finally, the product creates tailored action plans and automated, custom recommendations blending reduction and compensation that help businesses take action. The product visualizes results, progress, and action steps in one coherent company dashboard, and offers exportable non-financial reports that clients can publish per governmental or investor request.

    Social links: 

    Lubomila Jordanova on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljordanova/
    PlanA.Earth Website: https://plana.earth/
    PlanA.Earth on Twitter https://twitter.com/planaearth?lang=en
    Lubomila Jordanova on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LubomilaJ
    PlanA.Earth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/planaearth/
    PlanA.Earth on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/planaearth
    PlanA.Earth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/planaearth/

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

    EPISODE LINKS

    Softbank, Demeter and Coparion invest $3m into plan as b2b carbon-monitoring and ESG platform https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/09/softbank-demeter-and-coparion-invest-3m-into-plan-as-b2b-carbon-monitoring-and-esg-platform/
    Jane Goodall – Biography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Goodall
    Sustainababble Podcast - http://www.sustainababble.fish/

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    • 46 min
    Michael Sachse, Dandelion Energy – 75

    Michael Sachse, Dandelion Energy – 75

    What’s it all about?

    Addressing the heating issue through geothermal energy, even at a domestic level. I’ve seen Dandelion growing, and raising funds and thought it is a technology we haven’t yet covered on the podcast, so I was delighted when Michael agreed to join me and tell his, and their story, and how heat pumps are one more solution in our armoury.

    About Michael Sachse: 

    Michael Sachse is an experienced executive who has previously scaled start-ups through periods of rapid growth. Sachse was previously CEO of Stardog, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NEA, and Chief Marketing Officer at Opower, where he helped to guide the company through its IPO and acquisition by Oracle.

    About Dandelion Energy:

    Dandelion Energy's mission is to enable the widespread adoption of geothermal. The company offers homeowners affordable geothermal heating & cooling systems as an alternative to gas, oil, propane, or electric heating. Originally conceived at X, Alphabet’s innovation lab, Dandelion is now an independent company offering geothermal heating and cooling systems to homeowners, starting in the Northeastern US. The team brings leadership experience from X and SolarCity, and shares a personal commitment to mitigate climate change by making renewable technologies more accessible.

    Dandelion’s modern geothermal heat pump systems provide efficient heating, air conditioning, and warm water at significant savings over older fossil fuel burning devices. Dandelion systems eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, improve indoor air quality, and allow people to reduce their home’s #1 source of harmful carbon pollution.

    Social links: 

    Michael Sachse on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-sachse/
    Dandelion Energy Website: https://dandelionenergy.com/
    Dandelion Energyon Twitter https://twitter.com/DandelionEnergy
    Dandelion Energy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dandelion-geothermal/

    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

    David’s Fundraising page for Muscular Dystrophy - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-hunt42

    Dandelion- How Geothermal works and installs - https://dandelionenergy.com/how-geothermal-works
    The Weirdest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weirdest-People-World-Psychologically-Particularly/dp/1846147964/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Joseph+Henrich&qid=1618934866&s=audible&sr=1-1-catcorr
    Dan Carlin's Hardcore History - https://open.spotify.com/show/72qiPaoDRf8HkGKEChvG5q

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    • 43 min
    Greg Jackson, Octopus – 74

    Greg Jackson, Octopus – 74

    What’s it all about?

    Going Double Unicorn in 5 years, and still knowing you are still only at the beginning of the journey! I speak to tech founder and CEO of Octopus Energy Greg Jackson about how he used tech as the platform to disrupt one of the industries most resistant to, and in need of disruption- energy supply. With a focus on technology solving problems, and driving down costs, AND a focus on creating cultures which support and empower people to be their best and most creative. I hope you enjoy this slightly longer than usual episode.

    About Greg Jackson: 

    Greg is an experienced digital entrepreneur, passionate about making the green energy revolution affordable through technology.

    He’s founded a number of successful businesses, including e-commerce company C360, built HomeServe’s innovation business and is an angel investor in a wide range of tech start-ups. He also
    served as Director of several innovative businesses, including Zopa, the world’s first peer to peer lender, which has now lent almost £2bn fairly and responsibly whilst generating excellent interest rates for lenders.

    Greg founded Octopus Energy in 2015. It uses technology to be highly efficient – empowering customers with a full digital experience, and then using the same systems to provide the highest standards of support to its customers by phone, email and chat. This technology allows Octopus to challenge normal energy models, bringing transparent, low pricing to new and loyal customers.

    Octopus is a recognised innovator, delivering time-of-use tariffs at scale, driving EV adoption and helping make the smart grid a reality.

    About Octopus Energy

    In the UK, Octopus now stands at 2 million customers, growing by 2500-3000 per day, and is the only energy supplier recommended by consumer champions Which?, for four years in a row. Following
    significant investment from Tokyo Gas and Origin Energy in December 2020, Octopus became a tech ‘double unicorn’ valued at well over £2 billion. With operations in the US, Germany, Australia, New
    Zealand and Japan, Octopus expects to expand its platform into many more markets over the next few years.

    Social links

    Craig Evans on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregsjackson/
    Octopus Energy Website: https://octopus.energy/
    Octopus Energy on Twitter https://twitter.com/octopus_energy
    Greg Jackson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/g__j
    Octopus Energy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/octopusenergy/

    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

    Planet Money Podcast - https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510289/planet-money
    Masters of Scale Podcast - https://mastersofscale.com/
    How I Built This Podcast - https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
    The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apollo-Guidance-Computer-Architecture-Operation/dp/1441908765/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1617803663&refinements=p_27%3AFrank+O%27Brien&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Frank+O%27Brien

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    • 49 min
    Craig Evans, ESS – 73

    Craig Evans, ESS – 73

    What’s it all about?

    Flow batteries have had their technical and commercial challenges over the years, so it’s good to see that the technology is really starting to get traction in that 6-12 hour storage category. It’s also good to hear a good traditional ‘started in my garage’ cleantech start-ups story, just watch for the EPA. This week I talk to Craig Evans about scaling a the flow battery technology and company of ESS Inc.

    About Craig Evans: 

    Craig Evans is the President and CEO, and a founder of ESS Inc. Having started ESS from his garage in 2011, he led the company to the commercialization of the Iron Flow Battery system in 2016. Prior to ESS, Craig was the Director of Design & Product Development at ClearEdge Power Inc. His team designed the ClearEdge5, a 5kW combine-heat-and-power fuel cell system, which was successfully commercialized in 2010. This product received both CSA International certification in North America and KNREC certification in Asia. Craig began his career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) where he held technical leadership positions in their Fuel Cell business and, prior to that, as a project engineer in the Pratt & Whitney aircraft engine business. In 2006, He was awarded the distinguished George Mead Award, the highest honor for individual engineering achievement at UTC.
    Craig Evans has authored over 15 patents and patent applications. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, an MS in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A from Carnegie Mellon University.

    About ESS:

    ESS’s mission is to bring to market the cleanest, lowest-cost long-duration energy storage systems. Which are the catalyst for a sustainable energy future.

    Established in 2011, ESS Inc. manufactures low-cost, long-duration iron flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications requiring 4+ hours of flexible energy capacity. Our long-duration energy storage platforms, the Energy Warehouse™ (EW) and Energy Center™(EC), use iron, salt, and water for the electrolyte, and deliver an environmentally safe, long-life energy storage solution for the world’s renewable energy infrastructure.

    Based in Wilsonville, Oregon, ESS Inc. was founded by a team with deep experience in fuel cells, electrochemistry, advanced material science and renewable energy. After five years of intensive innovation, engineering development and rigorous testing and validation, with the backing of ARPA-E and others, the company began shipping turnkey energy storage solutions that allowed companies and municipalities to control their own energy future in 2015.

    With its safe, earth-abundant, proven all-iron flow battery technology, ESS is helping project developers, utilities, and EPCs make the transition to more flexible non-lithium-ion storage that is better suited for the grid and the environment.

    Social links: 

    Craig Evans on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigeevans/
    ESS Website: https://essinc.com/
    ESS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESS_info
    ESS on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/energy-storage-systems/

    EPISODE LINKS

    ‘All-iron’ flow battery maker ESS Inc launches ‘configurable’ megawatt-scale product https://www.energy-storage.news/news/all-iron-flow-battery-maker-ess-inc-launches-configurable-megawatt-scale-pr
    The Unknown Universe: A New Exploration of Time, Space, and Modern Cosmology- Stuart Clark https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1681774461/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i8

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    • 40 min

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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!

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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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Insightful and playful podcast

David has managed to assemble a great list of interviewees for This Week in CleanTech. He identifies the right topics, asks probing questions and has a nice colloquial manner. Definitely worth subscribing if you're interested in the energy and automotive transitions.

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