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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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About our guest

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/

News stories discussed this week

 

 

 

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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About our guest

Dan Caesar, is a Director of The Fully Charged Show, he is responsible for scaling up the Fully Charged YouTube channel and Live events. Dan has long been a passionate advocate for all things Cleantech. Dan has held senior Comms roles with cleantech organisations, including Ceres Power, and formerly organised renewable energy and cleantech roadshows and events. Dan is an avid and passionate EV Driver, and very much enjoying his 300 mile range Hyundai Kona.

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/dcaesar/

Twitter https://twitter.com/FullyChargedDan

Fully Charged Show http://www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/

Fully Charged Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/fullychargedshow

News stories discussed this week

  1. VW’s less than $30,000 all-electric hatchback spotted testing https://electrek.co/2018/12/14/vw-electric-hatchback-spotted-testing/

 

  1. Hitachi to acquire ABB power grid business in $11 billion ‘turning point’ for energy market https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/hitachi-to-acquire-abb-power-grid-business-in-11-billion-turning-point-for-energy-market

 

  1. Daimler is buying over $20 billion in battery cells to support electric vehicle plans https://electrek.co/2018/12/11/daimler-billion-battery-cells-electric-vehicle/

 

  1. New York Approves Strategy to Install 3GW of Energy Storage by 2030 https://insights.hyperionsearch.co.uk/post/102f7f0/new-york-approves-strategy-to-install-3gw-of-energy-storage-by-2030

 

  1. C40 Cities addressing Climate Change https://www.c40.org/ending-climate-change-begins-in-the-city

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This week David talks to Lukas Neckermann, smart mobility consultant, author and key note speaker.

About our guest

Lukas Neckermann is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services.

He began his automotive career in BMW’s Central Marketing department in Munich, where he codeveloped the first BMW.com website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, marketing communication, and positioning strategies for BMW’s brands (BMW, MINI, Rover, Land Rover, and MG). Lukas joined Allianz in 2002, reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann. He rose through various strategic and line leadership functions at Allianz, including Head of Business Development for Allianz Automotive. He is an advisor to three startup companies: NEXT Future Transportation Inc. based in Silicon Valley, as well as Flock and Splyt, both based in London.

Lukas is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Adjunct Instructor at New York University, and has lectured and taught courses to executives from over 40 countries; he is frequently called upon as a keynote speaker on “The Mobility Revolution”, as well as on leadership, and innovation.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Lukas is the author of three books, The Mobility Revolution (Matador Business Press 2015), Corporate Mobility Breakthrough 2020 (Corporate Vehicle Observatory 2016), and Smart Cities, Smart Mobility (released End of 2017 in four languages).

Lukas Neckermann on Linked In  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lukasneckermann/

Neckermann Strategic Advisors    https://www.neckermann.net/ 

Twitter  @LNeckermann

Smart Cities, Smart Mobility: Transforming the Way We Live and Work https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smart-Cities-Mobility-Transforming-Live/dp/1788032780/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544536916&sr=1-1

The Mobility Revolution: Zero Emissions, Zero Accidents, Zero Ownership https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mobility-Revolution-Emissions-Accidents-Ownership/dp/1784622478/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544536916&sr=1-2

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About our guest

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 David talks to entrepreneur and founder Artur Sychov about his journey from realising his product vision, to choosing to walk away from the company he created. We all know life as a cleantech entrepreneur is not easy, bringing a product to market in a nascent sector especially so. Having the right investor/funder is also mission critical.  Artur shares some his experiences, learnings and advice from this thrilling but ultimately frustrating experience.

About our guest

Artur is a former investment banker and energy trader, a Finance and Management MBA, that fell in love with the Tesla Model S, and developed an EV Charging product for multi-storey car parks and parking houses, despite being a finance person, not an engineer.  He has learned enormously from his recent experiences and will be back soon with a new project.

Artur Sychov in Linked In  https://www.linkedin.com/in/artursychov/

Easycharge.me on Fully Charged https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT86ICX6VsI

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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.

About our guest

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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This week David is joined by eMobility insider Roger Atkins, they discuss, among other things, Tesla’s market capitalisation, City wide diesel bans, the German luxury auto brands and their electrification issues, mobility as a service, the costs of battery storage and the pending Chinese eMobility scale up.

About our guest

Roger Atkins on Linked In. www.linkedin.com/in/rogeratkins/
Roger Atkins at Instagram www.instagram.com/electricvehiclesoutlook

News stories discussed this week

Tesla Market Cap. www.electrive.com/2018/11/09/tesla…-capitalization/
BNEF Battery Storage forecast: www.electrive.com/2018/11/11/batte…rillion-by-2040/
Paris to launch worlds biggest electric bike scheme: www.electrive.com/2018/11/11/paris…c-bicycle-fleet/
More German cities banning Diesel cars: phys.org/news/2018-11-german-…el-cologne-bonn.html
VW the latest to join Chinese autonomous driving consortium: www.carscoops.com/2018/11/vw-lates…ving-consortium/

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