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Energypreneurs is a podcast that brings solar power, electric vehicles and battery technologies to young entrepreneurs. Sohail Hasnie, our host, is a firm believer that the solution to climate change lies in these technologies, which will also fundamentally change the way we think about electricity and transportation—on road, on water and even on air.

Over the last 35 years, Sohail has applied technology and innovation in many large infrastructure projects across Australasia. As a staff of … Continue Reading >>
Energypreneurs is a podcast that brings solar power, electric vehicles and battery technologies to young entrepreneurs. Sohail Hasnie, our host, is a firm believer that the solution to climate change lies in these technologies, which will also fundamentally change the way we think about electricity and transportation—on road, on water and even on air.

Over the last 35 years, Sohail has applied technology and innovation in many large infrastructure projects across Australasia. As a staff of the Asian Development Bank since 2001, he has developed large investment projects with solar power, battery, and electric vehicles across Asia. << Show Less
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E112: The Dark Side of Hydrogen James Hamilton, John Poljak, Paul Martin, and I explored the Hydrogen debate's dark side (00:40 min) and the fundamental point of why it does not make sense to use Hydrogen as a fuel (03:00). While we hear about Mega projects like the $21 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub, the viable entry points (07:00) remain unclear. We explored the key numbers (10:20 min) and established why Hydrogen is a Win-Win bet for the fossil fuel industry (13:00 min). Green steel and Ammonia may be great products, but how to find consumers (30:00 min) and create a sense of urgency (55:00 min) for climate change. Please join in to understand this complex game of Hydrogen. Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
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E112: The Dark Side of Hydrogen James Hamilton, John Poljak, Paul Martin, and I explored the Hydrogen debate's dark side (00:40 min) and the fundamental point of why it does not make sense to use Hydrogen as a fuel (03:00). While we hear about Mega projects like the $21 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub, the viable entry points (07:00) remain unclear. We explored the key numbers (10:20 min) and established why Hydrogen is a Win-Win bet for the fossil fuel industry (13:00 min). Green steel and Ammonia may be great products, but how to find consumers (30:00 min) and create a sense of urgency (55:00 min) for climate change. Please join in to understand this complex game of Hydrogen. Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E111: Technology Leapfrogging and the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Vehicles to the grid are exciting and may create massive disruption in today’s electricity supply industry of the future. In this episode, I caught up with Claire Miller, the Director of Tech and Innovation at the Octopus Electric Company, UK. We explored the technology (2:00 min) for the different elements of the vehicle to grid and how it may support and eventually disrupt today’s electricity distribution business (8:00 min). How with induction charging (9:10) in future “demand” will be able to move (15:25), and opportunities drones (17:50 min) may bring. We also touched on innovative financing and leasing models (20:07). Claire explained the  impact of autonomous vehicles (32:10), opportunities for EV retrofit (39:05), and opportunities for young people (45:10) Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E110: Let’s Understand Hydrogen Hydrogen is not only highly flammable; it’s a hot topic in the energy world today.  In this episode, Xavier Lara, James Hamilton, David Wenger, John Poljak, and I introduced (01:00 min) and engaged in a conversation with Project Examples (06:30 min), Gray, Green, Blue, and Numbers (11:30 min), the  Hydrogen and Ammonia (27:45 min), the Kilos and Gigajoules (33:25 min) and new Market Opportunities (40:50) We touched upon the need for new players (48:50) and high-level project numbers (53:40)   Please join in to find more. Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E109: Visualizing Climate Crisis Keisuke Taketani is a graphic facilitator or designer who does something magical; he turns long reports into a single page of graphics that are easy to understand. Today we discuss visualization and communication on climate Issues (01:20 min) and how to turn long boring presentations into exciting insights (06:09 min). Keisuke insists that we have to communicate better as we don’t have time (14:22 min) and why we are unable to about obvious things (24:00 min).  He also explains the resources are available (32:00) in to cope with the challenges of translating long English texts to friendly Visuals (40:00 min)  Please join us in this conversation to find more.    Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E108: How to Engage Communities in Climate Actions Aliman Temirbek is high energy and engaging communication professional. She heads Asian Development Bank’s communication in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Today she tells a story (0:33 min) about her not keeping a secret to herself (09:00). We discussed electric cars (22:00 min), charging business opportunities (26:00 min), and electric vehicle retrofit (30:22 min) opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic. While we all ponder what we can do at an individual level to take action and save our energy costs, here, in this episode, Aliman explains what she did. I was amazed by her extraordinary efforts in her neighborhood to engage everyone in climate actions.  Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E107: How Startups Changing Australia’s Energy Landscape Johan Karlsson, co-founder of State of Charge, Melbourne, discussed the fascinating state of play in the electric vehicle space in Australia. We discuss the story behind their startup, the energy transition (07:50 min) in Australia and the re-thinking (09:46 min) of the EV charging business. Johan explained their start up (13:00 min), bi-directional charging opportunities (23:00 min) and why there needs to be mandatory solar and charging requirements (30:45 min).  I liked Johan’s one sentence advice to all entrepreneurs (35:00 min) and his excitement for the overall state of play in Australia (40:35 min).  Please join us in this conversation to find more. Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E106: Sustainable Mobility Options for the Philippines Robert Siy is a columnist and advocate for sustainable mobility in the Philippines. In today’s episode, we get to hear his view on why electric vehicles are only part of the solution for the Philippines. We discussed the main challenges in changing our policies and systems (05:00 min), the flooding by the motorcycles and financing options (12:00 min) for electric vehicles.  We explored investment opportunities (18:00 min), especially retrofit of existing vehicles (20:00) and business model for public transport (26:00 min) and policy options (34:00 min) for the government, and immediate opportunities (41:00 min) Please join us in this conversation to find more. Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E105: Journey of a Renewable Energy Specialist: From Bangladesh to the Pacific Today, Emily So, a renewable energy specialist with the Asian Development Bank, shares her professional transformation from working in a think-tank to a startup to finally a development professional today.  In this episode, we hear about her challenges in installing solar power in luxury lodges in Africa, poor off-grid locations in Bangladesh, and countries across the Pacific. She explains why and how the smaller Pacific countries are introducing solar power and batteries to tackle climate change. Emily explained why development organizations need to invest more in innovative systems and projects to tackle climate change.  To find out more, including how she got convinced of the need for the urgency of tackling climate change while stranded on a remote island, please listen in:  Please listen in to find out more.  Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
E104: Nuts and Bolts of Green House Gas Accounting Today, we tap into the experiences of Darshak Mehta, a technical guru of climate change accounting and an energy efficiency veteran of the 90s. Our conversation tried to decipher the ecosystem of technical terms: Green House Gas Accounting, Clean Development Mechanism, and reference to many guidelines and International Protocols that created this ecosystem.  We tried to explain these items in terms of simple numbers and examples. What is the voluntary mechanism, why does it get complicated, and how does it link back to the Paris Agreement and the countries that have made it.  Please listen in to find out more.  Connect with Sohail Hasnie: Facebook @sohailhasnie Twitter @shasnie LinkedIn @shasnie ADB Blog Sohail Hasnie
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