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Extreme Weather Keeps Maxing Out the Grid

By [email protected] It’s been a very intense year for America’s power grid. Across the country, the electricity system just faced another stress-test as extreme heat taxed power plants and grid operators in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and New York. Since 2000, outages across the U.S. have increased by 67%. Is the power system ready for…

Where Are the Gaps in Climate Tech?

By [email protected] We spend most of our time on this show talking about what’s happening in climate tech. What technologies, business models, and markets are being developed? By whom? And how much impact will they ultimately have on decarbonization? But there’s an equally interesting topic. What isn’t happening? In other words, where is the white…

How A.I. Will Revolutionize Climate Tech

By [email protected] The array of AI applications within climate tech is staggering — and rapidly expanding. There are lots of exciting point solutions, but there’s no clear example of AI directly and meaningfully reducing GHG emissions on a global scale. Yet. Last year we had Priya Donti on the show. She’s a PhD student at…

Tracking the Equity Outcome of Decarbonization

By [email protected] We can measure the energy transition in any number of ways. The hundreds of millions of solar panels and wind turbines installed. The gigatons of carbon reduced. Or the number of jobs created. But how do we measure the equity outcome? Our guest co-host, Dr. Destenie Nock, is focused on exactly this question….

Where Are We in the Hydrogen Hype Cycle?

By [email protected] The excitement around green hydrogen has grown dramatically in recent years. Will it live up to the hype? This week, we turn to technologist, author and investor Ramez Naam. Ramez and Shayle examine the drivers behind cost improvement — namely the costs of electricity and different electrolyzer technologies — and why they are…

A Wartime Plan for Electrifying America

By [email protected] What if someone told you that we have everything we need to decarbonize most of the economy? We would just need to start electrifying every new car, furnace, water heater, drier, and cookstove, and industrial process starting right now. And yeah, and put solar on every roof that can handle it. This week:…

How Cheap and Abundant Can Clean Power Get?

By [email protected] A decarbonized power sector will unlock massive opportunities across nearly every other sector, either via direct electrification or indirect electrification via the production of low-carbon fuels, like green hydrogen. But here’s the rub. Many of the companies that are working on these solutions rely on pretty heroic assumptions around the cost, availability and…

Is Offshore Wind Finally Coming to America?

By [email protected] The lack of progress on offshore wind in America is one of the most perplexing stories in energy. The technology and resource availability are tremendous. Europe has de-risked the technology and proven it can be deployed at scale, and at low cost, with minimal disruption. U.S. states are setting big targets. And at…

Where Will Big Money Be Made in Climate Tech?

By [email protected] As investment pours into climate tech, it’s true that a rising tide lifts all boats. But in markets — especially fast-changing markets, like batteries, hydrogen, carbon capture, just to name a few — those boats don’t all get the same lift. Certain parts of the value chain, from upstream mining or manufacturing to…

An Island’s Path to 100% Renewables

By [email protected] The grid of the future lies 850 miles off the coast of Portugal, on an island in the Azores called Graciosa. The island has always been dependent on fossil fuels. But in 2018, that changed. That’s when a group of developers kicked off a hybrid wind-solar-battery storage power plant to slash diesel consumption….

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