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Climate tech is constantly evolving. Why? To help solve the most important challenges facing our planet. With so much innovation it’s hard to pick out the companies to watch, and it’s even harder to connect them to the wider climate tech picture. That’s why The Keep Cool Show is here. Join host Nick Van Osdol as he dives deep into the latest technologies shaping climate solution technology, but also zooms out to help investors and anyone working in the industry join the dots and get a broader view of what’s really going on. Every week Nick is joined by a climate tech founder, investor or operator, discussing how they’re working to solve climate change. He’ll join the dots in real time, bringing out the nuances, trends and patterns in the industry. If you’re a climate tech professional already working in the industry, looking for the next big opportunity or simply curious about the space, this is the show for you. Episodes every other Thursday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

The Keep Cool Podcast Nick Van Osdol

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Climate tech is constantly evolving. Why? To help solve the most important challenges facing our planet. With so much innovation it’s hard to pick out the companies to watch, and it’s even harder to connect them to the wider climate tech picture. That’s why The Keep Cool Show is here. Join host Nick Van Osdol as he dives deep into the latest technologies shaping climate solution technology, but also zooms out to help investors and anyone working in the industry join the dots and get a broader view of what’s really going on. Every week Nick is joined by a climate tech founder, investor or operator, discussing how they’re working to solve climate change. He’ll join the dots in real time, bringing out the nuances, trends and patterns in the industry. If you’re a climate tech professional already working in the industry, looking for the next big opportunity or simply curious about the space, this is the show for you. Episodes every other Thursday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    E63: Literally Making It Rain with Augustus Doricko of Rainmaker

    E63: Literally Making It Rain with Augustus Doricko of Rainmaker

    Nick and Augustus Doricko, Founder and CEO of Rainmaker, discuss the viability of cloud seeding to (quite literally) make it rain more. Whether for farmers dealing with drought or depleted aquifers or for adaptive purposes such as mitigating wildfires, the potential applications of cloud seeding and making rain more abundant are endless. Nick and Augustus dive deep into the history, theory, and modern current state of cloud seeding while turning an eye to what to expect from Rainmaker in Q2 2024 and beyond. In addition, they discuss:
    The various approaches and technical complexities inherent to cloud seedingWhether cloud seeding simply “pulls forward” rain that would otherwise have precipitatedHow to encourage more people to pursue hard problems and the value of non-linear career and life paths
    Timestamps:
    00:02:06 - Overview of Rainmaker's Mission
    00:03:00 - Public Perception and History of Cloud Seeding
    00:04:49 - Breakthrough in Cloud Seeding Validation
    00:07:40 - Cost Challenges and Rainmaker's Innovations
    00:10:52 - Discussion on Cloud Seeding Materials
    00:13:04 - The Confluence of Technologies in Modern Cloud Seeding
    00:19:41 - Complexity in Climate and Water Systems
    00:22:00 - Public Interest in Complex Climate Solutions
    00:23:10 - The Importance of Long-Form Content
    00:24:24 - Business Model and Customer Agreements at Rainmaker
    00:30:03 - Pricing and Servicing Agreements for Water Production
    00:31:57 - Rainmaker's Seeding Operations and Results
    00:34:14 - Supply-Side Conversations in Water Resources
    00:36:05 - Drone Technology and Altitude in Cloud Seeding
    00:38:01 - Potential Synergies with Other Geoengineering Efforts
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you're interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, the energy transition, and the role of novel geoengineering efforts in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform.
    Learn more about Rainmaker on their website and LinkedIn: https://www.makerain.com/ / https://www.linkedin.com/company/rainmaker-technology-corporation/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much.
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 41 min
    E62: Infrastructure Investing For the Energy Transition With John Skrinar, Partner at Cresta

    E62: Infrastructure Investing For the Energy Transition With John Skrinar, Partner at Cresta

    Description: Nick and John Skrinar, Partner at Cresta Fund Management, explore the intersection of infrastructure investment, private equity, and the energy transition in the U.S. in 2024. Specifically, Nick and John discuss the merits of technologies ranging from carbon capture to hydrogen and renewable natural gas while also casting an eye to the political landscape and how sustainable infrastructure investing has changed over the past five years in the U.S. In addition, Nick and John dove deep on the following topics:
    Other technologies like thermal energy storage, which is commercializing as we speak and offer a cost-effective solution to store and utilize excess renewable energyThe importance and state of stable policy: Nick and John discuss the IRA, the need for further clarification on its components, and other stable policies like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).The importance of "boring capital" in climate tech and energy investment: As more large private equity firms enter the market, it signals a maturation of the industry.
    Timestamps:
    00:01:52 - Climate Tech Investment Landscape
    00:04:48 - Molecule-focused Energy Infrastructure
    00:05:09 - The Role of Private Equity in Energy Transition
    00:06:13 - Types of Projects and Technologies for 2024
    00:07:17 - The Mainstreaming of Carbon Capture
    00:11:27 - The Role of Stable Policy in Infrastructure Investment
    00:15:22 - Specific Projects Supported by Cresta
    00:21:07 - The Potential of Renewable Natural Gas
    00:24:06 - The Process of Creating Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    00:29:57 - Cresta's Investment Strategy for 2024
    00:31:24 - The Practical Applications of Green Hydrogen
    00:34:24 - The Need for Stable Policy in Energy Investments
    00:35:16 - Policy Tailwinds and Headwinds in the US
    00:37:25 - The Impact of State-Level Policies on Energy Transition
    00:40:37 - The Importance of Boring Investments in Energy Transition
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you're interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, the energy transition, and the role of infrastructure investing in various critical capital stacks. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Learn more about Cresta on their website and LinkedIn: https://www.crestafunds.com/ / https://www.linkedin.com/company/crestafunds/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much.
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 46 min
    E61: Making More Climate Resilient Chocolate with Kawa Project and CEO, Aaron Feigelman

    E61: Making More Climate Resilient Chocolate with Kawa Project and CEO, Aaron Feigelman

    Nick and Aaron Feigelman, the CEO of Kawa Project, dive deep on the world of waste-to-value alternatives to commodities like cocoa and palm oil. Specifically Nick and Aaron discuss why cocoa prices are soaring, how there’s a ton of ‘climate’ stories inherent to this dynamic, and the work Aaron’s company is doing to make cocoa alternatives that are sustainable and future-proof. In addition, Nick and Aaron walk through:
    All the climactic impacts inherent to supply chains for things like cocoa The benefit of waste-to-value approaches in climate tech and energyThe nuts and bolts (or beans?) of the cocoa industry and Kawa Project’s business
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, food and agriculture, waste-to-value approaches, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    00:01:34 - Food Waste Statistics and Environmental Impact
    00:04:51 - Challenges and Pivots in Business Model
    00:08:05 - Kawa Project's Current Focus and Progress
    00:13:43 - Impact Layers and Keeping Waste Out of Landfills
    00:15:00 - The Iterative Process of Product Development
    00:16:03 - The Economics of Waste Management
    00:18:45 - Centralization of Cocoa Supply Chain
    00:20:07 - Scale and Sales Cycle in B2B Ingredient Sales
    00:23:59 - The Biggest Challenges for Kawa Project in 2024
    00:27:38 - Aaron's Broader Thoughts on Climate and Industry
    00:33:44 - The Free Market and Climate Solutions
    Learn more about Kawa Project on their website: https://www.thekawaproject.com/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 36 min
    E60: Keeping methane out of the atmosphere by using it on Earth, with Windfall Bio

    E60: Keeping methane out of the atmosphere by using it on Earth, with Windfall Bio

    Description: Nick and Josh Silverman, the CEO of Windfall Bio, discuss his companies novel methane utilization technologies while casting a wide net across the climate tech ecosystem to discuss dynamics inherent to the methane ‘story’ as a whole and why methane mitigation deserves more attention from stakeholders across climate and energy (as well as listeners like you)
    Why methane in general deserves a lot more attention in climate circlesWhy methane hasn’t gotten more attention until now A novel way to use methane on Earth, keeping it out of the atmosphere
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, methane mitigation, energy, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    00:01:57 - Needed Nuance in Climate Discussions and Methane's Role
    00:04:04 - Reversing Climate Change with Methane Reduction
    00:09:06 - Using Methane as a Feedstock
    00:14:37 - Windfall Bio's Business Model and Go-to-Market Strategy
    00:19:31 - Customizing Solutions for Different Methane Sources
    00:25:17 - The Self-Sustaining Business Model of Windfall Bio
    00:26:34 - The Importance of Sustainability in Business
    00:31:11 - The Persistence of Methane Emissions Despite Its Value
    00:34:12 - Case Study: Methane Mitigation on a Dairy Farm
    00:44:13 - The Need for a Broader Focus Beyond CO2 in Climate Action
    00:49:24 - The Positive Movement in Methane Regulation and Awareness
    Learn more about Windfall Bio on their website: https://www.windfall.bio/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 1 hr
    E59: *SPECIAL EPISODE:* Everything Electrification, with Quincy Lee & Ramez Naan

    E59: *SPECIAL EPISODE:* Everything Electrification, with Quincy Lee & Ramez Naan

    Nick, Quincy Lee, the CEO of Electric Era, and Ramez Naam, a highly experienced climate tech and energy analyst and investor, dive deep on all things energy and electrification in 2024. Starting with a focus on mobility and the power sector, Quincy, Mez, and Nick touch on topics as far reaching as geoengineering, the power of narratives, and their expectations for decarbonization across other sectors out to 2050 and beyond.
    Why decarbonization and electrification need to be led by product superiorityWhat to expect in energy and electrification in 2024 and beyondOther trends and topics beyond transportation and the power sector worth your attention 
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, electrification, and energy broadly, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Timestamps:
    00:05:00 - Mobility and Electrification Outlook for 2024
    00:13:27 - Battery Energy Storage on Grids
    00:19:19 - One Story of the Decade: Grid Overhaul
    00:31:27 - The Winning Technologies in Energy Generation
    00:39:52 - Transitions from ‘Old’ to ‘New’ Energy Sources
    00:43:58 - Why Better Products Win in The Energy Transition
    00:47:00 - Why More Focus on Agriculture & Land Use Change is Needed
    00:50:50 - The Case for Geoengineering via Sunlight Reflection & More
    00:54:50 - A Call to Action for Optimism & to Work on Climate
    Learn more about Electric Era on their website: https://electriceratechnologies.com/ and follow Ramez Naan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramez
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 1 hr
    E58: ‘Cyclical’ plastic recycling for a more circular economy with MacroCycle

    E58: ‘Cyclical’ plastic recycling for a more circular economy with MacroCycle

    Description: Nick and the MacroCycle team discuss a paradigmatic shift from mechanical to chemical recycling in plastics recycling, why it matters, and how MacroCycle is gearing up for their first-of-a-kind recycling facility in 2024. In addition, they discuss:
    Differences between ‘traditional’ mechanical recycling and chemical recyclingHow MacroCycle plans to finance and build their first commercial plantWhat it takes to scale an early-stage climate tech startup (beyond the tech)
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, recycling, energy, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Timestamps:
    00:05:06 - The Limitations of Mechanical Recycling
    00:06:09 - Macrocycle's Unique Chemical Process
    00:07:08 - Technological Trends in Recycling
    00:09:51 - Macrocycle's Business Model and Goals
    00:12:31 - Regulatory Tailwinds and Challenges
    00:16:10 - The Circular Nature of Macrocycle's Process
    00:19:20 - Business Model and Scaling Strategy
    00:23:58 - Potential Customers and Market Entry
    00:27:14 - Technical and Business Challenges Ahead
    00:28:11 - Team Building and Diversity
    00:29:33 - Global Challenges in Plastic Recycling
    Learn more on MacroCycle’s website: https://www.macrocycle.tech/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
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    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 36 min

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