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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 t ...
 
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Jason Rush, ADB’s Team Leader for Communication, Knowledge and External Partnerships in Southeast Asia, started his career as a lawyer in the United States. He then moved to Asia, focused on communication work in UNICEF, others before joining the Asian Development Bank. In this episode, Jason explained the impact of analog to digital transformation…
 
Emily Morris returned as a guest and updated me on Emrgy’s latest projects and their expansion in New Zealand, South Africa, and Asia. She explained why she is convinced that the future of electricity is distributed. We discuss why the levelized cost of micro-hydropower could be between 2 to 6 cents a kWh, while the capital cost is relatively high …
 
Dr. Vinod Nair is currently the Chief Technical Officer and co-founder at FaradPower, Inc., developing advanced battery materials from agricultural waste. In this episode, he explained one of his innovations to use anode made from domestic waste and replace graphite, the hard carbon material. Vinod also touched on the idea of DC vs AC electricity, …
 
A long-term renewable energy and storage veteran, James Hamilton, shared his industry insight today. He leads the technology innovation and hydrogen team in BayWa Renewable Energy. In today's episode, James shared his renewable energy journey, especially his views on our path to net zero. He argues, solar, wind and batteries are great, but they won…
 
Daniel Hersson and innovation go hand in hand. His early work on innovation is now switched to support climate-friendly venture capital investments. ADB Ventures provides capital and support to early-stage, climate-focus tech start-ups from all around the world. They are helping entrepreneurs build long-term relationships faster and create value. I…
 
Leandro Leviste, the CEO of Solar Philippines, started his solar venture in 2013 when the Philippines had less than 10 MW of installed solar power. Today his ambitions are big: he wants to build solar plants on his 10,000-hectare land through partnerships and enable the transition from coal and gas. Although Leandro started from a mindset of distri…
 
Sebastian Groh, the Managing Director at SOLshare, shares his journey from an investment banker in Europe to the CEO of an off-grid solar company in Bangladesh and its evolution over the past years. His interests are in distributed energy, e-mobility and energy storage. He explains how he became an “entrepreneur” by accident. Sebastian's business i…
 
Janice Baird is currently the Principal at Earth & Every, an environmental advocacy start-up. Her passion: seeking regulatory best practice for major projects, with a focus on energy and fossil fuels. Her team works with communities across the board—from affected areas to concerned citizens. Today we heard from Janice about her exciting work with c…
 
Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga, Chief of the Energy Sector Group, of the Asian Development Bank and I discuss the behind the scenes activities and thinking, which became the recently approved Energy Policy of ADB. We analyze the impact of this new energy policy on the generation, transmission, distribution segments of the power sector and the importance…
 
Dr. Cindy Tiangco’s 25-year work experience includes 10 years in ADB leading clean energy projects—solar PV, mini-grids and battery energy storage systems in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. In some countries in Central Asia she is the “Mother” or “Queen” of Solar. In this episode, Cindy explains the transformation she has seen…
 
What a high-energy discussion on innovation? How to choreograph elephants to dance and create a trend. How to amplify the benefit of innovation by aligning them with megatrends. In this episode, Dan brought his perspectives from his 40+ years of system automation and transformational change in different industries. Jen brought her perspectives from…
 
Dr. Michael Friedman is a medical doctor and medical epidemiologist. As the Country Director, CDC Bangladesh, as his last posting, he was at forefront of Bangladesh’s battle with Covid-19. After 25 years, with the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC), he is exploring the next chapter of his life—contemplating what to do n…
 
In this episode, I was able to hear two scientists' views on the future of electric batteries, their safety, and racing. Dr. Xu’s research group focuses on Lithium-ion battery safety, design, and development of multifunctional energy storage systems among others. Dr. Mesbah Uddin, Professor, and Director of NC Motorsports and Automotive Research Ce…
 
Elaine Chen co-founded BillionWatts Technologies, a subsidiary under Billion Electric Corp, with a focus on solar PV and energy storage-related products and solutions. Today, we discussed with this high-energy young entrepreneur the details of today’s energy transformation in Taiwan and its key drivers. Elaine shared the future of Taiwan’s energy s…
 
Mara Villegas has been in the banking sector since 2008 and is currently the Director for Compliance of a financial investment company. In this episode, we discuss how COVID-19 has accelerated the world of the digital finance industry today and the expected market growth. In the Philippines alone, almost 70% of the population are now using digital …
 
Mary Hendriks, an advocate of electric transport and battery storage, discussed her views on the future of electric vehicles in Australia. We talked about the recent uptakes of electric vehicles in Australia and the incentives on the table. Most of the vehicles in the country are imported from other countries as there is minimal car manufacturing i…
 
Lloyd develops and implements sustainable urban transport initiatives for ADB’s Central and West Asia region. He is particularly supporting the development of quality public transport systems and non-motorized transport integration. In this episode, Lloyd Wright sheds light on some of his recent projects and the fast-changing landscape of urban tra…
 
Greg MacGarvie, CEO of ACE Electric Vehicles, the flag bearer of a new and innovative future in Australia explains how he is aligning his company to this once in a lifetime transition. In 2021 ACE EV Group is launching a range of Australian-made light commercial electric vans and cars. In this episode, he shared his Australian EV vision, and why he…
 
Giovanni Capannelli, a long-term development professional and the true face of today's multiculturalism shares his exciting professional journey of about two decades across many countries--from islands in the Pacific to landlocked Central Asia-- at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Today he also shared his insight from the mysterious countries alon…
 
Silverio Navarro, a veteran of Solar Power in the Philippines, shared his insights on the progresses made in the solar market in Philippines. Silver has been part of many solar projects in the country since 1990s and recently working on hybrid systems and financing solar projects. We discuss the regulatory framework, pricing and the size of the mar…
 
Dr. Farhad Tagdizadeh, Associate Professor of Economics, Tokai University, Japan shares his insight from his own research work on reasons for the continuous decline of solar power prices. He explains the transition from fossil fuel. His research focus is energy economics, energy policy, and the financial side of green energy. Farhad also explained …
 
Chih-Ting Lo, a mining industry veteran, entrepreneur, and energy expert shared her insight in this high-energy conversation. Her storytelling style conversation touched upon the hydrogen and mining industry de-carbonization Apart from taking me through the “Mining Industry 101”, she touched upon the current trend on hydrogen and how hydrogen-power…
 
Michael Taylor, a senior energy analyst is pushing today’s evidence-based good news about the energy transition. As a data analyst, he likes to dig deep into the numbers and try to understand the impact of cost and performance improvements for renewables will have on the energy transition. Today, this International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) v…
 
Richard Bolt, with his background in electrical engineering, was the secretary of Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Richard spent some time in political activism as a researcher for the Australian Democrats, before assuming a variety of leadership roles in the Victorian Public Service. In this episode, we…
 
ADB is revising its energy policy and Dr. Yongping Zhai, Chief of Energy, is leading the Energy Policy update for ADB. In this episode, Dr. Zhai and I discussed the energy policy and its challenges: how to get the right policy mix that will be practical enough to deliver ADB’s planned climate outcome. No new coal. Yes. But what is the best option f…
 
In this episode, I go through the ADB’s draft Energy Policy for public consultation. If you are interested to understand the proposed policy and want to engage in this consultation process, this may be a good start. I discuss the changing energy landscape, ADB’s support for climate change, and activities and investments that the energy policy will …
 
Today we hear from Alexander Ablaza, the man behind many energy efficiency initiatives across Asia, for more than two decades in development agencies and the private sector. His new passion how to scale up markets through ESCOs and help countries meet their Paris Commitment In this episode, Alex shared his journey on the energy efficiency sector an…
 
Jerin Hossain is a mother, entrepreneur, and CEO of a textile company in Bangladesh. Her casual use of social media and engagement with others by sharing her passion to give voice to animals and plants has made her the person with the highest LinkedIn followers in Bangladesh. In today’s episode, she shares her insights into her success with another…
 
Doreen Cooper is an award-winning speaker, international trainer, book author, and content creator. In this episode, we explore more about personal branding and leveraging social media. According to Doreen, personal branding is the identity that you highlight base on your personality, experiences, skills, and values. She also shared some steps on h…
 
Varun Kumar Duggal is working on performance modeling and the techno-economic assessment of lithium-ion battery systems. In this episode, we discuss the importance of stationary energy storage systems in the grid and the complexity of battery degradation. We explore the impact of electric vehicles on the grid, the vehicle-to-grid opportunities, opt…
 
Monalisa Dimalanta is the former Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board of the Philippines. In this episode, we talked about the history of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Philippines. We also explored the Philippines' renewable act, which can be argued as one of the best renewable acts there is, and reviewing the regulatory …
 
Yuki Yu, Researcher & Founder of Energy Iceberg, an information and intelligence in English about the Chinese renewable, and new energy market. Her company focuses specifically on wind or solar, and some of the emerging technology areas like hydrogen and battery energy storage. We discuss China's renewable energy vision, and why China's battery sto…
 
ADB Ventures is investing in bold technology startups solving today’s biggest unsolved problems. Sherwin Pu, the head of ADB’s new impact-technology investment platform, talks about its business model to deploy venture capital investments and technical assistance to support early-stage technology businesses. We learn today the intent behind ADB Ven…
 
Tim Washington, the co-founder of, JET Charge and Chargefox, two successful EV charging start-ups in Australia, speaks candidly about the private sector-led electric vehicle future of Australia. Tim is also the Chair of the Australian EV Council, and as an early adopter of EV, has been driving a model Tesla Model S with free lifetime charging from …
 
Jacqueline van den Ende, a serial entrepreneur, and investor talks about her passion for building high-impact ventures. Born in Australia, growing up in Syria and Europe with ex-pat parents, and even living in Asia she brings an excellent perspective on entrepreneurship in multiple industries and countries—a non-profit consulting firm in Europe, a …
 
Jukka Jarvinen, a matrix entrepreneur of batteries, talks about the dawn of a new era, where energy storage brings the biggest paradigm shift in the energy sector. His passion for electric cars started when he drove his first EV in 1992, his love of EV eventually led him to become one of the top battery technology experts. In this episode, he expla…
 
Freddie Tinga, President at Global Electric Transportation, is building new electric vehicles for Asia and Europe. Freddie’s team brings technical design from California and manufacturing in Spain. Freddie’s vision is to create an entire ecosystem with his 54 kWh 6.5meter four-wheeler electric vehicles. He wants to import fully made electric cars i…
 
Rajat Sarawat is an experienced energy sector professional with more than 25 years of experience in the Industry. Rajat’s core experience derives from developing and implementing the regulatory frameworks in the energy industry in Australia. As a practicing regulator, he shares his thoughts on the challenges of future regulation as rooftop solar po…
 
Jonathan Fievez, the CEO of Carnegie Clean Energy, explains why we may have waves all around us but it is hard to commercially extract energy from them. Sitting by the Indian Ocean in Perth, Australia, Jonathan explained how Carnegie as a technology developer in partnership with the project developers finding niche opportunities between the expensi…
 
Xuefei Liu is now in Paris completing her EMBA. This is her third continent in search of a solution to development challenges. Having spent close to a decade in Sinohydro, one of the largest hydropower companies in China, and then in West and North Africa, and to Europe. She brought an extraordinary aura of energy into our conversation while talkin…
 
Bart Édes, the author of Learning from Tomorrow to prepare for the Next Big Disruption, shares his thoughts on how organizations and entrepreneurs can prepare for the future. How to guard ourselves against obsolescence of our skills and investments. We both shared optimism about climate change and discussed the lessons from the Covid-19 experience—…
 
You need to have a purpose as an entrepreneur and the purpose can't be making money. My today's guest Mr. Christie Fernandez, CEO of SOOORYA EV, Singapore shares his ambition for the purpose build a 4-wheel electric car for ride-sharing. His target to keep the costs low and develop a modular 4-wheeler for the mass market reaching a production capac…
 
Yvonne Power is one of three Co-Founders and the COO at Village Energy, and an advocate for microgrids and renewables, moved from a large state-government-owned power utility in Western Australia to a start to change people’s lives. Village Energy operates in developing Asia —Indonesia and India. Yvonne shares her technology passion and her entrepr…
 
Yes, there is a positive momentum today. Let’s listen to what Michael Grimm, Chief Executive Officer, of Carbon Negative Energy, has to say as he shares his passion for renewable energy and battery projects. In Michael’s world, our addiction has reached its tipping point and we have many reasons to be excited about the post covid world. We discuss …
 
Cameron Quin and Yuri Marshall are the co-founders of Mind You, who are committed to protecting the mental well-being of people for more fulfilled lives. We talk about Cameron’s entrepreneurial journey from a rooftop solar startup in Australia to a startup for mental health in the Philippines. Their collective journey in lifting the stigma, lowerin…
 
In this episode, we get a chance to the world through the eyes of Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga, Director, South Asia Energy of the Asian Development Bank. We get to hear about his own transformation from the Director-General of a multi-sector regulator, to an academic to today, managing a multi-billion dollar energy portfolio covering all of South Asi…
 
While we all have moved our dinner table discussions gradually from Virus to Vaccine in 2021, I had the opportunity to tap into the thinking of a renowned serial entrepreneur, Norman Crowley, owner of Crowley Carbon on tackling climate change. In this episode, we get a chance to see the world through Norman’s optimistic eyes, where cheap solar, EV …
 
Today I had a lively discussion with Mr. Rabindra Kumar Satpathy, a Professional in Solar Energy, who has experience of 30+ years and is the author of the book- ‘ Solar PV Power - Design, Manufacturing, and Applications- Sands to Systems’. He has a long journey since 1984 starting small projects of solar-powered electric fences for elephant sanctua…
 
Nilofar Ghazanfar, the Head of Project Coordination Unit of the Ghazanfar Group in Afghanistan, shares her enthusiasm about the future of Afghanistan, especially its path to decarbonizing using solar power. We explore her passion and vision for women entrepreneurship and solar power, electric vehicles, and batteries in Afghanistan. Born in Afghanis…
 
Gayam Raja, the founder and CEO of Gayam Motor Works (GMW), from India, traces back his successful transition from manufacturing gasoline power 3-wheeler to manufacturing the complete ecosystem of electric 3-wheelers or e-trikes. We explore his inspiration and vision to reach a 1500 unit per unit production capacity exporting to about countries. He…
 
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