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#034: From Rock n Roll to Renewable Fintech - Phillip Bruner of Enian

Season 1, Ep. 34

Phillip Bruner is the CEO of Enian, a platform that makes investment in renewable energy projects easy for investors large and small. In a fascinating podcast with Adam Woodhall (left-side in the show picture), Phil shares both his journey and the challenges and opportunities that renewables is facing. In addition, he gives insightful advice on how to get involved in renewable energy.


Phil (right-side in the show picture) is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience working at every stage of a renewable energy deal from project conception to completion. He is the Founder of the Green Investment Forum, a private dinner club of market leaders in project finance and wealth management.


In this episode Phil shares his personal experiences from Rock n Roll frontman, founding of the Sustainable Community Energy Network, launching Enian and the experience of crowdfunding that they are currently going through.


Topics covered:

  • How his career in academia led him to the entrepreneurial world
  • The importance of partnerships and collaborating
  • How to generate network effects to grow a tech platform
  • Why crowdfunding is a good strategy for a technology company
  • What it means to be building a fossil fuel free world
  • How to start a career in renewable energy


Useful links:

Enian - https://enian.co/

Phillip Bruner's Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pbruner/

Phillip Bruner's Twitter - https://twitter.com/phibrune

Enian's Blog - https://medium.com/enian


Podcast host Adam Woodhall:

Twitter - https://twitter.com/adamwoodhall

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/

Inspiring Sustainability - http://www.inspiring-sustainability.com


Podcasting Delivery Partner:

Woon Tan of Podcast Publishing: http://podcastpublishing.help


Chapters:

[02:46] Why are you passionate about renewables?

[03:36] How long have you been working in the renewables industry?

[06:01] What is Enian?

[06:37] Why Enian now?

[12:45] Who else is in the Enian team?

[14:21] What are your ambitions for Enian?

[17:29] How does Enian make money and how do they plan to scale the platform?

[18:35] How to get involved in the renewable energy sector?

[21:32] Examples of partnerships and impact

[23:30] The Rock and Roll career of Phil and his personal journey.

[30:06] What it means to be living in a fossil fuel free world?

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12/17/2018

#032: Cleantech + #ClimateAction motivations, frustrations, challenges and opportunities – Hugh Parnell of Cambridge Cleantech

Season 1, Ep. 32
The passionate brainchild behind Cambridge Cleantech, Hugh Parnell gives a broad and deep insight into this critical industry as it is today including; the market failings it faces and how to overcome them, the relevance of his own acronym, EECO, the three S’s for start-up success, why we need inspiration from successful cleantech heroes and the collective approach needed to resolve global environmental issues. Recorded at the start of COP24, the global climate talks, in Adam Woodhall’s #GameChanger interview we learn how after a working for two decades in the oil industry, Hugh changed course in the year 2000 and has been involved in many environmental ventures in the two decades since and has helped grow a vibrant angel network.  In addition to his stimulating insights, we go on fascinating journey through his cleantech career, including being the founder and Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech and also non-exec director of five companies, including Enval a ground-breaking circular economy solution.With the aim of supporting and promoting commercial activities to encourage environmental sustainability initiatives, Cambridge Cleantech are a proactive connector in the green and eco technology solutions space. Hugh first met Adam at the recent Cleantech Venture Day in London, run by Cambridge Cleantech in partnership with the Nordic Innovation Accelerator, where he Chaired this prestigious networking event to bring together start-up companies, larger established organisations and investors.Useful Links:Hugh Parnell - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hughparnellincambridge Cambridge Cleantech - www.cambridgecleantech.org.ukEnval - www.enval.comNordic Innovation Accelerator - https://www.nordicinnovationaccelerator.comCleantech Venture Day - http://www.cleantechday.com/london/Meet The Buyer Events - https://www.cambridgecleantech.org.uk/events/greater-london-authority-meet-the-buyer-eventPodcast host, Adam Woodhall, is an advisor to cleantech, circular economy and sustainable startups on their growth stories. Connect with him here:https://twitter.com/adamwoodhallhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/http://www.inspiring-sustainability.comChapters:[02:55] Hugh Parnell - background and career[04:15] Hugh’s version of eco – an explanation of the EECO framework[11:23] Governmental obligations and expectations[13:08] The motivation behind Hugh’s two decades years in the cleantech industry[15:47] The three S’s – scale, speed and strength: Reality in transforming ideas into business[17:42] Market failings in the cleantech space and how to overcome these[19:22] Challenges in the progression of cleantech and sustainable enterprises[21:56] Evolution of Cambridge Cleantech, their purpose and mission[24:40] How Cambridge Cleantech is supporting companies to achieve scale[28:00] Enval circular economy technology[31:40] Why we need a language that better describes the current situation[33:30] Importance of designing products with reusable and recyclable options in mind
12/4/2018

#031: Game Changers squared: mainstreaming 1000 sustainability solutions – Willem van Hasselt of Solar Impulse Foundation

Season 1, Ep. 31
The Solar Impulse Foundation both celebrates and promotes game changing solutions and is a game changing organisation itself. In Adam Woodhall’s Inspiring Sustainability interview with Willem van Hasselt we learn where they are on this exciting, and necessary, journey.In 2003 global adventurer Betrand Picard decided to prove that you could fly around the world without use of fossil fuel. A 16-year-old Willem saw Betrand speak about his ambitions and was inspired to follow him in delivering a more sustainable world. In 2016, flying the Solar Impulse 2, Betrand fulfilled his ambition, and then launched the Solar Impulse Foundation. In 2018, Willem fulfilled his, by joining the Foundation as Investor Relations Manager.The Foundation established ‘The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions’ and in the interview we discuss how they are bringing together the main actors involved in developing, financing and promoting products, services and technologies that can mitigate climate change, protect the environment and create clean growth.If you are an innovator, entrepreneur or investor in cleantech and environmental sustainability, and want to be a member of the Foundation, create your free account on their website. Then you can apply to become a ‘Labelled Solution’: (https://solarimpulse.com/members/subscribe)Highlights of this episode: * What was learnt from flying around the world using only solar power* The types of cleantech ventures they are working with - from re-engineered wood to acid regeneration and from maritime to the building industry* How far into the 1000 ‘Labelled Solutions’ they are* Why profitability is essential for sustainability* How Willem is inspired by the collaborative nature of sustainable entrepreneurs* The ventures the foundation are looking to partner with* Betrand’s three key things which he shared with Willem 18 years agoUseful Links:Podcast host, Adam Woodhall:- https://twitter.com/adamwoodhall- https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwoodhall/Inspiring Sustainability: http://www.inspiring-sustainability.comSolar Impulse Foundation online: https://solarimpulse.com/Connect with Willem on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willemvanhasselt/Follow Solar Impulse Foundation and Bertand on Twitter:- https://twitter.com/solarimpulse- https://twitter.com/bertrandpiccardCleantech Venture Day run by Cambridge Cleantech:- http://www.cleantechday.com/london/- http://cambridgecleantech.org.uk/Cleantech startups featured:- Bound For Blue (Rigid Wing Sail System) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions/bound4blue-wingsail-system-for-fuel-efficiency-in-the-shipping-industry- REGMAX (Acid regeneration system for pickling steel) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions-design/regmax- WooDoo (Reengineered Wood) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions-design/woodooUnited World College Singapore https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/Chapters: [0:58] What is the Solar Impulse Foundation[2:20] Examples of cleantech ventures on their platform and who they partner with[4:00] The genesis of the venture[8:38] The bigger picture of the foundation[11:03] How they review if a solution is profitable[12:20] Why it’s so important to be profitable[14:24] Dealing with people who don’t care about the environment[24:08] How Willem was inspired from a young age[30:00] Bertrand’s quote that WiIlem lives by everyday
10/9/2018

#030: Science fiction to renewable reality: nuclear fusion energy - Dr Melanie Windridge of Tokamak Energy

Season 1, Ep. 30
Fusing the energy of the sun and start-ups is the topic of this podcast, where we find out how Tokamak Energy is planning to recreate the power of the sun... on a business park in Oxfordshire, and thus deliver almost limitless renewable energy.Physicist and communications consultant at Tokamak Energy, and polar explorer and conqueror of Everest, Dr Melanie Windridge, explains how nuclear fusion is not science fiction, but an energy source that will be clean, green and safe.Fusion energy has famously always been 30 years away from commercial utilisation, starting from the first international agreement to build a fusion reactor by the leaders of the USA and USSR, Reagan and Gorbachev, in 1985. There is still no clarity on when this massive global initiative will start producing energy commercially.Tokamak Energy, which started in 2009, is developing a small scale fusion reactor, which recently reached a temperature hotter than the centre of the Sun, 15 million degrees, and they plan to be producing industrial scale energy by 2025.Melanie who has a PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College London shares the history of fusion energy from the development of the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) and the JET (Joint European Thorus) to the current race for fusion energy which is now being led by start-ups around the world.Highlights of this episode:What is fusion energy how does it compare to fission nuclear energyRecent history of the developments in fusion energy and why the tokamak is a promising approachCurrent race to develop the first commercial fusion energy reactorCurrent developments at Tokamak Energy and their future plansCriticism of fusion energy and how we can overcome these challengesHow being an outdoor adventurer combined with her science background has allowed her to inspire othersHow she overcame initial difficulties working in a male dominated areaUseful links:Tokamak Energy: https://www.tokamakenergy.co.uk/Recent news release: https://www.tokamakenergy.co.uk/hotter-than-the-centre-of-the-sun-uk-prototype-reaches-15-million-degrees-paving-the-way-for-commercial-fusion-energy/ Melanie Windridge’s personal website: http://melaniewindridge.co.uk/Melanie’s book - Aurora: In search of the Nothern Lights: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28014506-auroraNuclear Fusion as a renewable resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_proposed_as_renewable_energy#Fusion_fuel_supplyChapters:[00:50] What is nuclear fusion?[05:00] Why is nuclear fusion energy always still 30 years away?[10:00] Tokamak Energy[13:00] A worldwide collaboration to create ITER and a big meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev[15:00] 3 things that affects output of fusion energy[17:00] Magnetic technology has moved on[19:00] Pivoting to making power stations with small tokamaks[20:40] Milestones to commercialise Tokamak Energy[23:00] Science is difficult to predict[26:00] Climate change is happening[29:00] Other types of fusion energy[32:00] Criticism of fusion energy[34:00] Background of Melanie Windridge[37:00] Polar exploration and climbing Everest[39:00] Being a woman in science