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Logan heads up the Energy Storage insight team at BloombergNEF. He leads the company’s analysis on the global energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape. He also oversees BNEF’s Supply Chain focus area, a cross-company effort to provide insights on the battery supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability and advanced materials.

He advises utilities, technology companies, investors and policymakers across these fields. He has authored numerous research papers and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media. He was previously a Senior Associate within the Energy Smart Technologies team and regularly works on consulting projects for clients. He joined the company in 2009 as an analyst focused on the wind and solar sectors across the Middle East and Africa. Logan holds an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University in Arabic

Prior to joining the company, he has previously worked at the Next Century Foundation which is a nonprofit political think tank focused on conflict resolution.

With a team of experts spread across six continents, BloombergNEF (BNEF) leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies.

BNEF clients include corporate strategy and business development professionals, finance professionals (traders, analysts, portfolio managers), as well as policy makers and regulators. They work with the largest corporations across utilities and generation, oil & gas, equipment manufacturers, banking and finance, and government.

Their team of experts, spread across six continents, provides independent analysis and insight by looking at specific sectors in depth, as well as cross-sector and cross-geography trends and implications.”

Logan Goldie-Scot on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/logan-goldie-scot-95724216/

Logan Goldie-Scot on Twitter  https://twitter.com/LoganGoldieScot

BloombergNEF on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/company/bloomberg-new-energy-finance/

BloombergNEF on Twitter https://twitter.com/BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF website  https://about.bnef.com/

News stories discussed this week

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World – Peter Frankopanhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Silk-Roads-New-History-World/dp/1408839970

The Powerhouse: America, China, and the Great Battery War – Steve Levine https://www.amazon.com/Powerhouse-America-China-Great-Battery/dp/0143128329

The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future – Levi Tillemann https://www.amazon.com/Great-Race-Global-Quest-Future/dp/1476773505

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Ramya Swaminathan joined Malta from Rye Development, where she was CEO, co-founder and Member of the Board of FFP New Hydro. Under her leadership, Rye Development grew to be the leading developer of new hydropower projects in the United States and its portfolio of development projects, held at its holdco affiliate, FFP New Hydro, advanced from concept through FERC licensing and late stage development financing. She was also responsible for the expansion of Rye’s platform into energy storage, with the addition of two sizable pumped hydro storage development projects in the Pacific Northwest. At Rye Development, Ms. Swaminathan led a multi-disciplinary team, with specialists in engineering and construction, regulatory and environmental aspects, and power marketing.  She also led the company through several financing rounds, both at the platform and the project levels.

Prior to her work in the hydropower space, Ms. Swaminathan was a public finance banker, most recently as a Director at UBS, where she focused on public power clients and senior managed more than $10 billion in financings. Ms. Swaminathan holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Anthropology from Amherst College.

The Malta concept is built upon well-established principles in thermodynamics for a system that stores energy as heat (in molten salt) and as cold (in a chilled liquid). The project was incubated at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory, which applies audacious thinking and radical new technologies to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Based on the research they’d seen, X identified the Malta system as a product that had the potential to unlock a wealth of inexpensive clean energy to address global energy demands.

X’s team designed individual system components and evaluated whether the concept could work in the real world at a competitive price-point. The next two years were spent incubating the concept with a focus on derisking the most challenging concepts first. When it became clear that the technology had potential to be commercially viable at grid scale, Malta was formed outside of Alphabet as its own independent company.

Ramya Swaminathan on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramya-swaminathan-6a52a8b/

Malta Inc website  https://www.maltainc.com/

News stories discussed this week

3 things to know about Malta, the Google-incubated and Bill Gates-backed startup https://www.greenbiz.com/article/3-things-know-about-malta-google-incubated-and-bill-gates-backed-startup

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Dr. Javier Cavada joined Highview Power as CEO and President in September 2018 with the mission to drive the ambitious global expansion strategy for the company’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology. Cavada previously spent 17 years in leadership positions at Wärtsilä Corporation, one of the world’s top technology companies in the energy market. As president of Wärtsilä’s energy division and member of the corporation’s executive board, Cavada led the company’s drive toward 100% renewables, spearheading a deep transformation that enabled the company to become a leading system integrator.

Under Cavada’s leadership, Wärtsilä’s global market share in gas and liquid fuel power plants grew from nine percent to 21 percent. His long career at Wärtsilä also included extensive international experience, including executive roles in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland. In combination with these executive roles, Cavada chaired the board of Greensmith Energy Management Inc. He has also held leadership roles within the German multinational firm Robert Bosch in the fields of automotive technology and manufacturing. Cavada holds a PhD in industrial engineering and among other awards has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Cantabria in Spain.

Highview Power is a designer and developer of a proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology that delivers reliable and cost-effective long-duration energy storage to enable a 100% renewable energy future. Its proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. Developed using proven components from mature industries, it delivers pumped-hydro capabilities without geographical constraints and can be configured to convert waste heat and cold to power.

Javier Cavada on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/javiercavadacamino/

Javier Cavada on Twitter https://twitter.com/CaminoCavada

Highview Power on Twitter    https://twitter.com/HighviewPower

Highview Power website  https://www.highviewpower.com/

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Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE, is an experienced clean-energy entrepreneur, executive and investor with more than 16 years of CEO experience across five sustainable energy companies. Toddington has developed and built over 350MW of solar and battery projects in the UK generating in excess of £200M of revenues over a 4-year period. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of BELECTRIC UK before selling the business to RWE Innogy in December 2016.

GRIDSERVE is a tech-enabled international sustainable energy business which develops, builds, owns and operates solar energy and battery storage solutions for critical power infrastructure.  GRIDSERVE’s team have been responsible for the development, construction and operation of more than a gigawatt of solar energy and energy storage solutions, including connecting over 100 utility-scale sustainable energy projects to the UK grid.

GRIDSERVE is interested in exploring new project opportunities, funding partners, and making new connections, for both hybrid solar farms and Electric Forecourts®

Toddington Harper on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddington/

Toddington Harper on Twitter https://twitter.com/toddington_h

GRIDSERVE on Twitter    https://twitter.com/GRIDSERVE_HQ

GRIDSERVE website  https://www.gridserve.com/

News stories discussed this week

GRIDSERVE to deploy 60 MW of bifacial-plus-tracking projects in the UK https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/03/01/gridserve-to-deploy-60-mw-of-bifacial-plus-tracking-projects-in-the-uk/

GRIDSERVE launch ELECTRIC FORECOURTS https://www.gridserve.com/post/copy-of-design-a-stunning-blog

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Think-Grow-Rich-Original-Restored/dp/0990797600/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797546&sr=8-1&keywords=grow+and+think+rich

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elon-Musk-Billionaire-SpaceX-Shaping/dp/0753555646/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797670&sr=8-1&keywords=elon+musk+autobiography

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Jan is Founder of Ecosummit and Ecosummit Ventures. Ecosummit is Europe’s leading conference for smart green startups, investors and corporates. Our vision is to automate sustainability in energy, mobility and cities. Our events are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A. Since 2010, Jan organised 19 conferences in 5 countries. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.000 videos (450.000 views).

Ecosummit Ventures will be a new smart green VC in Berlin that invests in promising European software and hardware startups with B2C and B2B business models in energy, mobility and cities. Ecosummit Ventures leverages the deal flow, investor network and track record of 19 Ecosummit conferences in 5 countries since 2010. The initiator of Ecosummit Ventures is Jan Michael Hess, the founder of Ecosummit. We’re looking for 2 GPs with VC track record and green heart beat to join as co-founders as soon as possible.

Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategy Consultant, Senior Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Holding a business degree from the University of Mannheim, he lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Yoga, Japan and Jazz.

Jan Michael Hess on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/janmichaelhess/

EcoSummit on Twitter  https://twitter.com/ecosummit

EcoSummit    https://ecosummit.net/

EcoSummit on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/ecosummitTV

News stories discussed this week

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist https://www.amazon.co.uk/Venture-Deals-Smarter-Lawyer-Capitalist/dp/1118443616

EcoSummit Ventures  https://ecosummit.net/ventures

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This week David talks to Devrim Celal, CEO of Upside Energy.

Devrim is a highly successful, award winning entrepreneur with a career spanning leadership role in technology, finance and energy.

Educated in Paris, London and Yale, where he was a Fulbright scholar, Devrim has since held senior roles at A T Kearney where he led strategy development, Sapient where he established the European operations and as a partner at Lansdowne Corporate Finance. He is now CEO of UK energy tech company Upside Energy, leading the organisation from its initial days as a start up to its dynamic growth in this fast-growing sector. He is an avid athlete having been a regular competitor in endurance running events. He runs to promote awareness of and raise funds for MS related charities.

Working in the cloud, in real-time, the Upside Platform can respond rapidly to market signals and deploy new solutions as the energy system evolves. This means we can give our customers immediate visibility of their energy usage and device performance, identifying opportunities as they emerge. The Upside Platform can connect to a wide range of devices, including battery storage systems, electric vehicles, UPS and heating and cooling systems. Providing real-time data and advanced forecasting, it enables our customers to fully optimise their return on investment and market positioning, by dispatching demand-side flexibility in real-time.

Devrim Celal on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/dcelal/

Upside Energy on Twitter https://twitter.com/upsideenergy

Upside Energy   https://upsideenergy.co.uk/

News stories discussed this week

Delta EE report on aggregators https://www.delta-ee.com/delta-ee-blog/demand-side-response-aggregators-the-race-to-profitability.html

BOOK RECOMMENDATION

From good to great- Jim Collins – https://www.delta-ee.com/delta-ee-blog/demand-side-response-aggregators-the-race-to-profitability.html

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This week David talks to Marek Kubik, Market Director at Fluence Energy.

Marek leads Fluence’s UK and Ireland client solutions team and is responsible for overseeing Energy Storage sales and project proposals across UK&I, the Middle East and Africa.  He has 9 years engineering and sustainability experience, including an instrumental role in the UK’s first commercial battery storage array in 2015 and more recently a record breaking UK 120MW energy storage portfolio transaction; the largest in the world to date. A tech futurist and TEDx speaker, Marek was also named a 2017 honouree of the Forbes 30 Under 30; a list that recognises important young entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

Fluence is the result of two industry powerhouses and pioneers in energy storage joining together to form a new company dedicated to innovating modern electric infrastructure. In January 2018, Siemens and AES launched Fluence, uniting the scale, experience, breadth, and financial backing of the two most experienced icons in energy storage.  Their mission is to create a sustainable future by transforming the way we power our world.

As a leading energy storage company, 100% dedicated to the sector, they bring the proven technology solutions and services that overcome the commercial and regulatory barriers that stand in the way of modernizing our energy networks.

The Fluence team encompasses more than 10 years of experience deploying and operating energy storage across 17 countries and 6 continents.  They drive change by opening new markets to storage around the world, with the largest deployed fleet of energy storage projects of any company.

Marek Kubik on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/mlkubik/

Marek Kubik on Twitter https://twitter.com/mlkubik

Marek Kubik on Tedx Talks  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffG7qW2l024 

Fluence Energy   http://fluenceenergy.com/

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Book Recommendation

Thinking, fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0141033576 

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This week David talks to Jeff Bishop, CEO of US based energy storage developer and start up Key Capture Energy.

As CEO of Key Capture Energy, Jeff is responsible for overseeing mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation, financing, as well as ensuring all regulatory requirements are met.  Jeff has spent his career working on utility-scale renewable energy projects and has a proven track record in the energy sector at the intersection of finance, commercial, political and regulatory.

Prior to founding Key Capture Energy, Jeff worked at Brookfield Renewables and EDP Renewables, where among other areas, he oversaw market development that led to contracts for nearly a billion dollars of new wind projects. Previously, Jeff was at Horizon Wind Energy where he was responsible for the financial models for $2 billion of operating wind farms and worked on the sale of the company from Goldman Sachs to EDP Renewables.

Jeff has led or been a board member of renewable advocacy groups such as Renewable Energy Northeast, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and the Maine Renewable Energy Association. Jeff has an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University and is currently working on his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Jeff Bishop on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-bishop/

Key Capture Energy   https://www.keycaptureenergy.com/

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Emma Pinchbeck is an Executive Director of RenewableUK. In that role she sets the overall strategy for the organisation’s communications and policy teams. She is a passionate advocate for renewables in government and business, and regularly appears as an expert on the energy sector in the media.

Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK.

Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in private consulting as an energy policy expert and in finance. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, she is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

Emma Pinchbeck on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmalucypinchbeck/

Renewable UK  https://www.renewableuk.com/

News stories discussed this week

British Wind Power Sets New Generation Record https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/04/british-wind-power-sets-new-generation-record/

Uber, Centrica join ‘world’s biggest’ electric vehicle impact trial https://insights.hyperionsearch.co.uk/post/102f6q5/uber-centrica-join-worlds-biggest-electric-vehicle-impact-trial

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This week I’m joined by CEO of Pivot Power, Matt Allen. If you are in the cleatech sector you would have been hard pushed not to have seen the exciting news and developments at Pivot Power in the last few months. Pivot Power are developing, funding and operating large scale battery storage projects connected directly to the transmission system, providing, among other services, EV Charging infrastructure.

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Matt Allen on Linked In. www.linkedin.com/in/matt-allen-318b426/
Pivot Power on Twitter twitter.com/_PivotPower

News stories discussed this week

Capacity Market Suspension and implications www.current-news.co.uk/news/governme…ng-ecj-ruling
BEIS – Energy Trilema over!! (Tory government against solar and onshore wind?) www.current-news.co.uk/news/energy-s…ples-unveiled
California, PG&E replacing 3 gas plants with Storage. Cheaper to build storage than run the plants!! www.utilitydive.com/news/storage-wi…or-worl/541870/
Pivot Power Video www.pivot-power.co.uk/#open-video

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