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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.

    E68: Investing in water with Tom Ferguson, Founder and Managing Partner at Burnt Island Ventures

    E68: Investing in water with Tom Ferguson, Founder and Managing Partner at Burnt Island Ventures

    Nick is joined by Tom Ferguson, Founder and Managing Partner at Burnt Island Ventures, one of the first venture capital firms focused on investing in startups driving innovation in water-focused applications and industries.
    Despite touching nearly everything on Earth, water is an under-discussed, under-invested in, and under-resourced category. As a result, innovation in the space often lags other areas that get more attention, whether fintech, crypto, or AI. At the same time, water is one of several categories that could see the most disruption due to climate change. Hence, Tom & team are on a mission to not just invest well in water but to grow the category as a whole. As part of their conversation, Nick & Tom also discussed:
    Scope & Definition: Nick & Tom spend time breaking down and decomposing what is even meant by ‘water’ when we try to understand it as an industry. Portfolio Companies: Tom runs through seminal examples of several portfolio companies that underscore the types of companies Burnt Island Ventures invests in and the impact they’re targetingStorytelling and Intangibles: Nick & Tom stress the need for better storytelling in the water sector to attract more investment and public interest.
    Timestamps:
    00:01:23 - Tom's Journey into Water Investment
    00:03:23 - Breaking Down the Water Investment Landscape
    00:06:09 - Challenges in Water Sector Investment & Reframing the Industry
    00:13:07 - Burnt Island Ventures' Mission
    00:15:51 - Highlighting Portfolio Companies
    00:22:03 - FundOne Portfolio Overview
    00:27:00 - The Overlooked Importance of Water in Various Sectors
    00:34:17 - The Importance of Storytelling + The Role of Investors in Water Sector
    00:37:00 - Cross-Cutting Issues in Climate and Energy
    00:39:53 - The Role of Water in Climate Adaptation
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you're interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, the energy transition, and  investing in water and what the ‘water’ category as a whole even entails and represents. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform.
    Learn more about Burnt Island Ventures on their website and LinkedIn: https://www.burntislandventures.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/

    • 45 min
    E67: Decarbonizing hydrogen and carbon black by splitting methane with Monolith Materials CEO, Rob Hanson

    E67: Decarbonizing hydrogen and carbon black by splitting methane with Monolith Materials CEO, Rob Hanson

    Description: Nick is joined by Rob Hanson, the CEO of Monolith, a company building methane pyrolysis plants to turn methane into hydrogen and carbon black, both of which are critical products for global industries and which are predominantly produced with significant emissions footprints today. Monolith’s process aims to decarbonize hydrogen and carbon black production while commercializing to scales of clean production not seen almost anywhere else in the world. Nick and Rob also discuss the duality of methane’s inherent economic value and its staggering cost to the environment, especially as a major global warming driver, as well as:
    Technical ins and outs: Among other things, one of the pieces of technologies Monolith has built is one of the world’s largest plasma torches. Not sure what that means? Listen for more.What it’s like working with the DOE’s Loan Programs Office: While the Loan Programs Office's risk appetite doesn’t suit itself to every type of project, Rob breaks down under what circumstances working with the LPO can be a powerful partnership to scale critical clean technologies.Sustained will for the energy transition: Why ‘sustainability’ is about a lot more than just greenhouse gas emissions and other ‘green’ metrics.
    Timestamps:
    00:03:08 - Methane's role across environmental and economic impact
    00:04:11 - Rob's background and journey to Monolith
    00:06:10 - The Role of DOE's Loan Programs Office 
    00:09:03 - Deep dive into Monolith's technology and development
    00:19:08 - Carbon Black production and usage
    00:26:33 - Challenges and rigor required to work with the LPO
    00:30:08 - Monolith's future production capacity and impact
    00:33:32 - The importance of economic viability without green premiums
    00:36:07 - Sustained will and what the energy transition holistically requires
    00:38:33 - Perception of the energy transition in the Midwest
    00:41:47 - Calls to action 
    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 hydrogen in decarbonizing industry. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform.
    Learn more about Monolith on their website and LinkedIn: https://monolith-corp.com/ / https://www.linkedin.com/company/monolith-corp/
    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: a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 43 min
    E66: Building flywheels of irreversible momentum for methane monitoring & measurement

    E66: Building flywheels of irreversible momentum for methane monitoring & measurement

    Description: Nick is joined by Jigar Shah, the Director of the DOE’s Loan Programs Office, and Ian Dickinson, the CEO of LongPath Technologies, to discuss the commercialization of novel methane monitoring technologies to accelerate lower-hanging fruit in methane mitigation. Specifically, Jigar, Ian, and Nick discuss the ongoing methane measurement technologies LongPath is building for oil and gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin and what climate, economic, safety, and regulatory impacts are being driven by a step-change in methane measurement and monitoring technologies. Further, Jigar, Ian, and Nick also discuss:
    Bridging financing gaps: The Loan Programs Office’s role in financing climate and energy technologies to create “flywheels of irreversible momentum,” in Jigar’s words. Momentum for methane: The range of tailwinds coalescing right now for methane measurement and mitigation that are accelerating the work of companies like LongPathThe oil and gas industry’s role: What does the oil and gas industry think of trends in methane measurement and monitoring, whether from a technology perspective or with respect to new regulations coming to the fore in the U.S. to price methane emissions?
    Timestamps:
    00:03:31 - Loan Programs Office's Support for Climate Tech Companies
    00:04:40 - Methane's Impact on Global Warming vs. Lack of Financing
    00:05:16 - Economic Incentives to Address Methane Leaks
    00:08:33 - Technologies for Methane Detection and Monitoring
    00:10:26 - LongPath's Development and Commercialization
    00:15:15 - Safety Benefits of Novel Methane Monitoring
    00:18:45 - Operational and Compliance Challenges in Methane Management
    00:22:40 - EPA's Methane Regulations and Industry Impact
    00:27:29 - Potential Global Impact of Methane Management Technologies
    00:30:12 - Broader Economic and Environmental Benefits of Methane Reduction
    00:31:38 - LPO's Goals and Impact on Hard Tech Innovation
    00:33:40 - Working with the Loan Programs Office
    00:35:09 - Other Exciting Developments in Climate Tech and Energy
    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 DOE's Loan Programs Office in accelerating the energy transition in the U.S. and globally. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform.
    Learn more about LongPath Technologies on their website and LinkedIn: https://www.longpathtech.com/ / https://www.linkedin.com/company/longpathtech/

    Learn more about the DOE’s Loan Programs Office on their website and LinkedIn: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/loan-programs-office / https://www.linkedin.com/company/doe-loan-programs-office/

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    • 38 min
    E65: Building the common operating picture for climate action with Vibrant Planet

    E65: Building the common operating picture for climate action with Vibrant Planet

    Nick and Allison Wolff, CEO of Vibrant Planet, discuss the platform Allison and company are building to accelerate environmentally and economically sound outcomes in natural resource management, wildfire risk mitigation, and more. Whether your interest stems from curiosity around optimal use cases for AI and machine learning in climate action or nature-based solutions ranging from proactive land management to mitigate wildfires or the reintroduction of beavers, there’s something in this episode for everyone. Specifically, Nick and Allison discuss:
    How Vibrant Planet’s platform is a perfect case study of using AI and ML for climate actionRapid outcomes Vibrant Planet has driven by digitizing natural resource management processes and uniting all required stakeholders more seamlessly Underappreciated opportunities for significant impact in nature-based solutions, as well as underappreciated careers that people interested in climate work should consider
    Timestamps:
    00:03:51 - The Multifaceted Impact of Vibrant Planet's Platform
    00:10:44 - The Pre-Digital State of Fire Risk Management
    00:14:16 - The Importance of AI in Vibrant Planet's Platform
    00:19:28 - Global Expansion and Key Use Cases
    00:24:03 - Business Model and Customer Base
    00:25:44 - Emerging Markets and the Future of Carbon and Biodiversity Credits
    00:32:20 - A Concrete Example of Vibrant Planet's Impact
    00:36:07 - Challenges and Concerns for the Future
    00:42:14 - Calls to Action and Keeping Up with Vibrant Planet
    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 future of nature-based solutions work to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform.
    Learn more about Vibrant Planet on their website and LinkedIn: https://www.vibrantplanet.net/ / https://www.linkedin.com/company/vibrant-planet/
    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/

    • 44 min
    SPECIAL EPI: How Glassdome digitizes and accelerates industrial decarbonization

    SPECIAL EPI: How Glassdome digitizes and accelerates industrial decarbonization

    Nick and Josh Charnin-Aker, Glassdome’s co-founder and CTO, as well as TJ Yoon, Product Manager, discuss how Glassdome is building a platform and a deeply experienced team to accelerate sustainability in manufacturing, heavy industry, and more. Not only does this involve building a first-in-class digital product to help customers like SK manage things like product carbon footprint calculations, but it also entails getting their hands dirty to collect novel, primary data from manufacturing environments and supply chains. Specifically, Nick, Josh, and TJ discuss:
    The new base layer for manufacturing and industrial decarbonization Glassdome is buildingThe regulatory environment and specific rules and regulations necessitate a much deeper understanding of supplier and factory-level data from manufacturersHow deeper and digital intelligence will accelerate sustainability outcomes in what are traditionally thought of as ‘hard-to-abate’ industries
    Timestamps:
    00:03:27 - Overview of Glassdome's Business Focus
    00:06:12 - EU and SEC Regulatory Landscape
    00:08:45 - EU Battery Regulations and Challenges
    00:12:07 - EU Battery Regulation Impact on Manufacturers
    00:14:04 - Facilitating Deeper Data Understanding in Manufacturing Supply Chains
    00:20:01 - Differentiation from Other Carbon Accounting Software
    00:21:37 - Acquiring Data from Outdated Manufacturing Equipment
    00:23:31 - Granularity of Emissions Data in Manufacturing
    00:25:46 - Macro vs. Micro-Level Emissions Analysis
    00:27:03 - Opportunities for Manufacturing Decarbonization 
    00:30:08 - Global Shifts in Manufacturing Sustainability
    00:39:41 - The Broader Context of Sustainability Beyond Emissions
    00:42:10 - Call to Action for Listeners and Job Seekers
    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 better data to accelerate industrial decarbonization. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform.
    Learn more about Glassdome on their website and LinkedIn: https://glassdome.com/ / https://glassdome.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/

    • 45 min
    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
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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/

    • 41 min

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