Future Proof - The Road to Zero
By Nicolas LeBlanc
Welcome to a podcast diving in to opportunities of a transforming economy, where zero carbon, zero waste and zero impact are the main tenants. We are connecting with companies who are getting the edge, leading the way while being more profitable then ever.
Hydrogen Episode 9 - David Layzell and the Transition Accelerator (Opportunity of the Hydrogen Economy)
Future Proof - The Road to Zero • By Nicolas LeBlanc • Mar 15, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 9 - David Layzell and the Transition Accelerator (Opportunity of the Hydrogen Economy)
Future Proof - The Road to Zero • By Nicolas LeBlanc • Mar 15, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 12 - Kári Helgason (Carbifx and turning CO2 to stone)
Listen to our conversation with Kári Helgason, Head of Research & Innovation at Carbfix. From his start in astrophysics and work at NASA, Kári chose to tackle a more pressing problem closer to home and go to work in the carbon capture and storage industry in Iceland. Taking advantage of Iceland’s zero carbon electric grid and porous basalt rock formations, Carbfix is providing some of the lowest if not the lowest cost per ton of CO2 captured and stored. Looking at deploying their technologies in other areas of the world with similar geology, as well as the construction of a marine terminal to have captured CO2 from Europe shipped to Iceland for storage, Carbfix is working towards its pathway at sequestering a Megaton of CO2 within the next 5 years.
April 05, 2022
Carbon Market Ep 11 - Jason Vallis (Planetary Tech and Ocean Alkalinity Enhancements)
Listen to our conversation with Jason Vallis, Vice President of External Relations for Planetary Tech. Focusing on drawing down carbon through a process that absorbs carbon from the atmosphere to lock it away in the ocean, as well as decreasing ocean acidity (another impact of increasing atmospheric CO2). Their Accelerated Carbon Transmission (ACT) Platform is designed to take mine tailings as the feedstock, as well as water and renewable power, to create their antacid (alkaline) compound that is introduced into the ocean. The by-products of the process are valuable metals and hydrogen which create an additional revenue stream for the process, as well as providing an economic incentive for the treatment of mine tailings. A growing startup, Planetary Tech’s goal is to remove 1 Billion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2035 through a novel process that resolves several environmental problems with one solution.
March 25, 2022
Carbon Market Ep 10 - Jim Mann (The Future Forest Company and scaling up carbon sequestration)
Join our conversation with Jim Mann, Founder and CEO of the Future Forest Company. Based in Scotland, the Future Forest Company aims to produce long term carbon capture through reforestation, biochar production and enhanced rock weathering (carbon reacting rock dust) to increase the carbon sequestration capacity of agricultural land and forests. Currently focusing on how best to deploy these technologies for fastest possible scaling up in order to reach the goal of making a sizable contribution to the need for carbon sequestration. Targets are for removing 3M tons of CO2 by 2030, with the aim of becoming the first company to achieve a billion tons of carbon removed. The company is funded principally by selling verified carbon offsets to enable companies to eliminate the last remaining aspect of their carbon footprint, which represents a potential market of 10 to 20 billion tons of carbon.
March 11, 2022
Carbon Market Ep 9 - Daniel Hooft (Kelp Blue and the underwater forest of tomorrow)
Getting his start in the oil industry, Daniel Hoof was inspired by the huge possibilities of seaweed to draw down carbon, stimulate biodiversity and do so in a commercially viable fashion. In 2020 he founded Kelp Blue. Primarily Focusing on creating products for the bio stimulant market, for use as plant stimulants for the organic agricultural market. Fast growing kelp forest have the ability to lock away carbon into the depth of the ocean as well as providing for increased biodiversity for marine species. Currently developing a pilot project to be launched within the next year, with a plan to expand soon thereafter. Kelp Blue, looks forward to developing the full potential of kelp farming.
February 22, 2022
Circular Economy Ep 11 - Melissa Barbosa (Ikea and the power of the 100% commitment)
Join us for our conversation with Melissa Barbosa, Head of Sustainability at Ikea Group. As a major global brand, Ikea has set a goal of being completely zero waste and climate positive (reducing more GHG emissions that it emits) and committed to responsible sourcing. The timeline they have set to achieve this is 2030. By 2025 they aim to have zero GHG emissions for their delivery service, and in Canada they have already introduced zero emission delivery and service in several markets, as well as producing more power than their operations consume via wind and solar installations. Well on their way to achieve these targets, Ikea has taken a 100% approach in their goals and as such have looked at every aspect of their business and supply chains to develop their business in a full circular model. From switching to more sustainable packaging, creating a service to bring back used Ikea furniture for an in-store discount, and even a plant based Swedish meatballs now served in their restaurant service, there is no end to the number of initiatives this industry leader is taking on.
February 09, 2022
New Energy Ep 09 - Rob Bernhardt (Passive House & super efficient buildings)
Join our conversation with Rob Bernhardt, an expert in building energy efficiency and policy. As past CEO of Passive House Canada and someone who has built and sold Passive House buildings, and lives in one, he is familiar with the costs and benefits of highly efficient buildings. As the most stringent energy efficiency standard in the world, Passive House buildings require up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings in addition to improving affordability, thermal comfort, air quality and noise reduction. From being a novel building practice a decade ago, millions of square feet of both new and retrofit Passive House projects are being undertaken in Canada alone. Both components and expertise are now easier to find, offering a promising path to decarbonization of the building sector.
December 07, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 08 - Rob Lavoie (Air Terra and getting BioChar in the market)
Tune in to our conversation with Rob Lavoie, President and CEO of AirTerra. Rob has turned his fascination with carbon capture into a emerging North American enterprise looking to introduce BioChar products to new markets. From experimentation in Kenya with the aim of greatly improve the efficiency of wood cooking and developing organic soil amendments as a by-product generated by the cooking stoves, AirTerra® is now sourcing biochar from multiple producers in Alberta and BC to produce their SoilMatrix® biochar product. With the ability to utilize waste wood products and locking away half of the carbon content from the initial bio-feedstock into solid form, AirTerra is able to permanently sequester the carbon in the soil while also improving it.
November 13, 2021
New Energy Ep 05 - Vic Shao (AMPLY Power and the complexities of the electrification of transportation)
Join our conversation with Vic Shao, CEO and Founder of AMPLY Power. Bringing cloud based management solutions to fleet charging systems, AMPLY is out to simplify the world of fleet management by creating Charging-as-a-Service to manage the multitude of details to have charging infrastructure work on a fleet level. Currently servicing public and private EV fleets operating electric trucks, buses, vans, and other vehicles. From multiple hardware vendors to drastic time of day electrical pricing tariffs, we'll also discuss the complexities of large scale charging infrastructure and Vic's thoughts on the future of the industry and the pace of electrification.
November 03, 2021
New Energy Ep 04 - Ben Levitt (Zap Energy and the ramping up of Fusion Energy)
Join our conversation with Ben Levitt, Director of Research and Development at Zap Energy. From working in exploratory technology for the oil and gas industry, to being a full participant in the energy transition as he works to bring Fusion technology to market, Ben shares with us his journey. A small but growing startup, Zap Energy is pursuing a novel form of plasma containment technology as the industry is in a rush to reach the goal of self-sustaining fusion. As the last few years have seen significant investment in private investment and growth of a number of start up companies joining the race. Ben also helps us differentiate nuclear Fission (traditional nuclear technologies) to nuclear Fusion, and how this will be a game changer in a zero carbon world. As well as his toughs and the current nuclear Fission industry and what the future holds for it.
October 14, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 10 - Bob Powell (Brigthmark and re-imagining waste)
Join our conversation with Bob Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Brigthmark. Dedicated to finding sustainable and economically viable solutions to the waste problem, Brigthmark has developed two principal business lines. The first is a process for transforming plastic waste into base chemical components that can be used to make fuel or new virgin plastics, thereby completely recycling all classes of plastics including the traditional non-recyclable kinds. The second line of business deals with tackling methane emissions from organic waste, food and animal waste and turning them into renewable natural gas. Focusing on growing both lines of business throughout North America to reduce the impact of waste on the environment, and looking for other ways to re-imagine waste.
October 08, 2021
New Energy Ep 03 - Craig Nicol (GMG and AL-ion Batteries)
Listen to our conversation with Craig Nicol, CEO of Graphene Materials Group (GMG). Having developed the ability to create Graphene by extracting carbon from natural gas, GMG has been busy developing ways to utilize this super material to accelerate the development of reduced and zero carbon technologies. Using the remarkable properties for heat transfer of these materials, GMG is commercializing specialized coatings to be used for air conditioner systems that will dramatically reduce the energy efficiency of these systems. Also in development is an Aluminum-ion based battery with significant improvements over Li-ion technology in performance and environmental impact that GMG is working to bring to market within a year starting in specialized consumer electronics applications initially. Having the potential to revolutionize the battery technology, this will definitely be one company to follow.
August 04, 2021
New Energy Ep 02 - Heather MacKenzie (Solar Alberta and the Alberta Solar Boom)
Join our conversation with Heather MacKenzie, Executive Director of Solar Alberta. Representing residential, business and the solar industry, this Non-Profit has a mission to educate and facilitate the development of solar energy and industry in the province of Alberta. Leading in the growth of solar power generation in Canada, we’ll go over what is making that possible, as well as getting a better sense of what the future holds. We’ll discuss Alberta’s Clean Energy Improvement Program, following on the American PACE model, allowing property owners to obtain affordable loans for rooftop solar install and making solar systems affordable. A great in depth view of Alberta’s solar boom and what it means for the future of energy in this region.
July 23, 2021
New Energy Ep1 - Gray Alton (Terrapin Geothermics - Alberta No 1 and Geothermal Baseload Power)
Join our conversation with Gray Alton, Vice President of Project Development at Terrapin Geothermics in Edmonton AB. Pioneering conventional geothermal power generation in Alberta, Terrapin is looking to take advantage of the untapped geothermal capacity in northern Alberta to create a baseload and renewable zero carbon energy source. Terrapin is currently working on their Alberta No 1 project to drill down 4km to access a geothermal heat resource to run a large-scale electrical generating facility along with a district heating supply network. The second line of Terrapin’s business is taking advantage of recovering waste heat from industrial processes and generating electricity to reduce their electrical grid consumption or generate revenue with the sale of the power generated. With an estimated 60% of the energy we create as a society lost as a waste heat, there is a massive opportunity for zero carbon power generation.
July 15, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 07 - John Bissell and Rich Riley (Origin Materials and Carbon Zero Products from Wood Waste)
Join our conversation with John Bissell and Rich Riley, Co-Chief Executive Officers of Origin Materials. Using novel chemistry to use wood product waste streams as feedstock, their process creates plastics and other valuable materials that would otherwise be made from fossil fuels. These materials are able to be generated in a carbon neutral and even carbon negative manner from waste. Having much demand for their products from a industry looking for zero carbon alternatives, they have created a number of high level partnerships and they are developing their production base as fast as they can to meet the growing demand.
July 10, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 06 - Jonathan Frank (VCIB and value based lending focusing on the climate crisis)
Listen to our interview with Jonathan Frank, Head of Clean Energy at Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB). A Canadian nationally chartered bank, VCIB is a values driven bank with the goal of utilizing the tools of finance to drive a lower carbon future and seek new and innovative solutions that are often overlooked by mainstream finance. Lending to a large range of clean tech focused projects, VCIB is a partner who provides the due diligence needed for project success and is able to make the connection to a wide array of outside expertise. Lending to projects that make economic sense, VCIB is able to provide competitive lending terms and help scale-up climate solutions for projects looking for loans in the range of $3M to $50M or partnering with others on larger projects. Focused on a growing segment of the market, VCIB is aiming to be a major player in the financial solutions to the climate crisis. VCIB also provides a range of business lending solutions, commercial real estate lending solutions and deposit products, all with a focus on creating positive social and environmental change.
June 23, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 05 - Sophia Hamblin Wang (Mineral Carbonation Inc and the Carbon Utilization Market)
Join our conversation with Sophia Hamblin Wang, Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International. Utilizing a variety of industrial mineral waste streams, MCI is able to utilize their carbon reactor system to combine them with captured carbon in order to create a variety of products, such as magnesium carbonate, silica, and other low carbon or carbon negative products. Having been granted a $14M investment by the Australian government, MCI is quickly moving to building a full demonstration plant within 2 years along with plans for additional plant locations and create agreements for carbon value chains for a supply of feed material and supply agreements for their end products. Working on creating the circular economy of carbon, Sophia gives us her perspective of the growing Carbon Capture and Utilization market that may well be worth over 5.9 trillion in the very near future as well as the ongoing race for carbon neutrality.
June 15, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 4 Joseph Pallant (Blockchain for Climate Foundation & the impact of Cryptocurency)
Join our conversation with Joseph Pallant, Founder of Blockchain for Climate Foundation. As an avid supporter of blockchain technology, Joseph has been leading the development of a blockchain platform to enable issuance and exchange of international carbon credits under the Paris Agreement. Utilizing the tools available on Ethereum blockchain ecosystem to issue Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) allows each ton of carbon credit to carry all of the information around the project that created it, how its moved from there, to its eventual "retirement" against a carbon footprint. Blockchain for Climate Foundation's "BITMO Platform" is live as a beta version on Ethereum's Rinkeby testnet. As the target market and initial use case for this platform is national governments seeking to issue and exchange Paris-compliant carbon credits, the team is now seeking national government partners to trial, collaborate on, and if desired, eventually champion its use. We'll also discuss the current carbon footprint of cryptocurrency, and new innovation being done to create a sustainable pathway both in terms of reducing and offsetting emissions for cryptocurrency mining and development of proof of stake consensus mechanism for developing new crypto coins produced at greatly reduced energy intensity.
June 09, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 3 - Siddha Mahajan (Anova Energy and the carbon offset market)
Join us for our conversation with Siddha Mahajan of Anova Energy, as we examine the ways Canadian industry can meet their regulatory carbon emissions reductions. Anova Energy is a leading Canadian commodities brokerage firm, based in Alberta, offering services in procurement management, renewable/green energy credits acquisition & sale, retail energy reviews, energy procurement audits, and energy consumption analysis. In our conversation we'll look at the current options for companies to reduce, and then offset their carbon footprint. How do international credits fit in and the advantage of verified or Gold Standard offsets.
June 06, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 09 - Wilson Ma (Li-Cycle and Lithium battery recycling)
Listen to our conversation with Wilson Ma VP, Corporate Development at Li-Cycle. With Lithium battery demand continuing to rise and the extraction of raw materials creating more pressure on our environment, new and lucrative opportunities are arising to re-use end-of-life batteries and battery manufacturing scrap to create less expensive and less intensive sources. Li-Cycle can supply Lithium to the industry at a cost advantage compared to the mining industry by recuperating up to 95% of the material from old batteries and battery scrap producing new lithium battery materials. With plans to list on the NYSE, build a third facility in Phoenix, and expand globally, Li-Cycle is aiming to become the #1 domestic supplier of cobalt and nickel sulphates. Working with their partners they plan to grow their collection network and recover as many end of life batteries as possible to meet rising demand for batteries now and in the future.
June 01, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 3 - Jennifer Wagner (CarbonCure and low carbon concrete)
Join our conversation with Jennifer Wagner, President of CarbonCure. The recent winner of the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for their innovation in developing solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry. Founded in 2007, CarbonCure has seen increased growth over the last several years, and their technology is now being used by 350 concrete plants around the world. Their process involves injecting captured CO2 from other sources into the concrete mixing process and locking it permanently away as it mineralizes into the concrete structure increasing the strength of the structure allowing the reduction of the cement needed in the mix thereby also reducing the CO2 generated in cement manufacturing.
May 25, 2021
Carbon Market Ep 2 - Gerard Campeau (UR One and Carbon Capture Technology)
Listen to our conversation with Gerard Campeau, CO Chief Technical Officer of UR One inc. located in Ontario. UR One Inc. is a start-up that manufacturers equipment that captures and purifies fossil fuel emission from up to MW power plants. Removing oxides from fossil fuel combustion by capturing emissions containing CO, CO2, NOx, SO and SO2 from the emissions exhaust. Based on air purification technology utilizing electricity and recycled water, this process called Carbon Dissociation Technology (CDST) separates the Carbon, Sulphur, Nitrogen from oxides to end up with Carbon, Nitrogen and Sulphur in elemental form that can be resold as a value added commodity. Eliminating the need to utilize chemical absorbents, and membranes, removing the need to sequester or store liquid carbon dioxide underground. Instead CDST technology collects these valuable materials as Carbon Black, Fullerenes, Sulphurs through this separation process offering a simpler and less expansive solution for purifying emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The one step system eliminates all pre-treatment steps required in traditional CCS and CCUS technologies, further reducing the CAPEX and OPEX costs.
May 21, 2021
Carbon Market Intro with Nic LeBlanc
We are creating a new conversation to focus on the Carbon Market, what does it look like when Carbon becomes a central focus of our economy. The cost of emitting Carbon is going up, and the commoditization of Carbon as a useable product is on the rise and itself leading to a host of new opportunities and market. Business able to cater to this changing market with low carbon products will have a competitive advantage and take away market share from those that ignore this changing reality. The financial market will equally be impacting by this new focus on Carbon, as investors seek to identify where the stranded assets risk will be and attempt to move substantial amounts of funds to new low carbon opportunities. The risks are many but so are the opportunities.
May 21, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 08 - Shaye DiPasquale & Annika Greve (TerraCycle, Loop and the recycling of everything)
Join us for our conversation on the Road to Zero Podcast with Shaye DiPasquale TerraCycle and Annika Greve from Loop as we discuss the growing demand of a circular economy. TerraCycle is a mission based company out to recycle the unrecyclable by partnering with manufacturers to create distributed recycling options where none currently exist. Everything from printing prepaid shipping labels to send in your recycling to providing you with all the tools to setup up collection stations in your local business or community, TerraCycle has a team to create a path to zero waste. Annika will introduce us to Loop, to forward end of the business that looks at how to create reuse strategy to reduce the amount of materials heading to recycling. As part of product redesign and universal reusable containers with easy return, we explore the different strategies Loop takes on to resolve one of the major problems of our age.
May 06, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 7 - Lindsey Boyle (Circular Citizen and individual motivation factors)
Listen to our conversation with Lindsey Boyle, Strategist and Founder of Circular Citizen (email@example.com). After a long career helping big companies innovate in often unsustainable ways, the clear and present danger of the climate emergency hit Lindsey head on in 2018. After learning from Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, Nike Sustainable Design Lead, that people want their shoes to have a second life, Lindsey woke up to the power of the circular economy - one that designs out waste, keeps materials in use and regenerates nature. She is now passionate about business that supports people’s well being and regenerates nature, especially food system innovation. Lindsey helps clients and partners feel confident in the demand for new, circular strategies and business models, using insight such as motivation based segmentations. Lindsey is creating a similar study for BC, Canada based on Sitra's Smart Consumption Profiles with Vancouver based One Earth, a think-and-do tank that innovates and amplifies solutions for sustainability.
May 04, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 6 - Debbie Pietrusik (NAIT Industry Solutions)
Join our conversation with Debbie Petrusik of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Alberta Plastic Alliance. With 80% of our plastic waste ending up in landfills in Canada, it’s time to develop a new system. Working with industry on testing new solutions through the Plastics Research in Action (PRIA) partnership, NAIT work industry, research staff and students to test and obtain data to develop technologies for our waste problem that works in the Canadian climate and context. Such as working on turning plastic bag waste into asphalt, we need to look at a number of solutions to transform our linear waste system to one that is truly circular with all waste finding it’s way back to the value stream.
April 27, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 5 - Taylor Cannizzaro (Plastic Bank and Social Plastics)
Join us for our conversation with Taylor Leigh Cannizzaro, Chief Alliance Officer at the Plastic Bank®, headquartered in Vancouver, BC. From a Biotech professional to Social Plastic® crusader, Taylor was awakened by the issue of ocean plastic and found her way to the Plastic Bank. Helping the world stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities, Plastic Bank builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities and reprocesses the materials for reintroduction into the global manufacturing supply chain as Social Plastic. Plastic Bank reduces the use of virgin plastic, supports companies to integrate Social Plastic, go plastic neutral or even plastic positive.
April 20, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 12 - Jean-Louis Kindler Ways2H (Waste to Hydrogen Technology)
Listen to our conversation with Jean-Louis Kindler, Chief Executive Officer of Ways2H. Having spent many years working with technology innovation in Japan, he now leads a partnership to bring these new waste to hydrogen technology to market. Being able to take sewage sludge or any other solid waste, the technology uses heat to extract hydrogen from the material. A modularly designed system, it is deployable to small scale applications and is at once a solution to the growing waste problem and development of supply of low carbon fuels. As an emerging company, Ways2H is looking to grow and create strategic partnerships to bring this technology into a wider market.
April 15, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 04 Clive Fleming at Reclaim PV (Solar Panel Recycling Down Under)
Listen to our conversation with Clive Fleming at Reclaim PV, as he pioneers solar photovoltaic (PV) panel recycling and resource recovery. Faced with storing them in his garage while he figured out how to keep them from being thrown away in the dump, this situation led him on a research and development mission and started up Australia's first reclamation site for solar PV panels. Developing a process to recover over 90% of materials to return to the local economy, he is now setting his sights to expand and improve the ease and cost of recycling PV panels.
April 13, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 3 - Christopher Bush (Catalyst Agri-Innovation Society & the carbon negative farm)
Listen to our conversation with Christopher Bush, President of Catalyst Agri Innovation Society as he shares with us his journey to create a model for regenerative agriculture that is entirely circular and carbon negative. Starting in sales, he has taken his interest in food systems and sustainability and created an entirely revolutionary way of agriculture. Using animal waste to create renewable biogas and high-grade fertilizer, as well as using water cleaning grasses for feed production for animals. A closed loop and carbon negative cycle is created.
April 06, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 2 - Felix Böck with Chop Value (Recycled chop stick products)
Listen to our conversation with Felix Böck founder of Chop Value of Vancouver BC. As a carpenter, Felix was always fascinated by bamboo as a material. After continuing his interest in bamboo as a PhD student at UBC, he started his journey on building a sustainable community-based business. Building a team, conducting some research, developing a micro factory concept and sourcing bamboo from the local sushi restaurants of Vancouver; so was Chop Value born. Focusing on high end wood products selling to major retailers, Felix and his team are now looking to grow the business with their micro-factory franchise approach.
April 02, 2021
Hydrogen Ep 11 - Gideon Grader (H2Pro & New Lower Cost and High Efficiency Electrolyzer Technology)
Listen to our conversation with Professor Gideon Grader of Technion and Co-Founder of H2Pro. Borne out of Technion’s decade old energy research program, H2Pro is the commercial upstart bringing this technology to market. Using a newly developed two stage process that doesen’t require a membrane for separation of oxygen and hydrogen, H2Pro has developed a lower cost and highly efficient (up to 95% efficient) electrolyser system. With strong funding backing from a diverse group of Japanese and American industry partners, H2Pro is moving ahead with building a development factory to build a commercial prototype by 2022 leading to the rollout of several pilot projects planned for 2023. The product should be commercially available by 2024 and will be aimed for large scale power applications.
April 01, 2021
Circular Economy Ep 01 - Christina Seidel at Recycling Council of Alberta (Beyond recycling)
Listen to our conversation with Christina Seidel, the owner of Sonnevera International Corp and Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta as we explore what is the circular economy and what are some of the ways to get there. Going beyond simply recycling our plastic waste, which has thus far not solved our waste issue, we look at what are some of the disruptive ways we can begin to redesign our economy by designing out the waste or moving to a model of maintaining the value of our resources instead of recycling waste.
March 26, 2021
Hydrogen Ep 10 - Flavio Ortigao & Recupera (Producing Hydrogen with plastic trash)
Join us for a conversation with Flavio Ortigao Owner and Chief Technical Officer at Recupera, as we explore his solution for turning plastic waste into hydrogen and new plastics. Originally from Brazil and now located in Sweden, Flavio has been highly involved in chemistry and biotech before putting his knowledge to work on solving the plastic waste crisis. His system processes the waste via a closed loop Low-Temperature reactor able to break down plastic waste into its basic elements and turn it into high grade hydrogen via syngas (for use in virgin plastic production). By creating valuable feedstock for several types of industry, he makes available a more affordable solution for the disposal of waste plastic.
March 24, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 9 - David Layzell and the Transition Accelerator (Opportunity of the Hydrogen Economy)
Listen to our conversation with professor David Layzell, an Energy Systems Architect at the Transition Accelerator as well as Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Reach (CEASAR) initiative, University of Calgary. Starting his career as a professor of biology, David has followed his interest in energy systems from the botanical world to that of human systems and has become a leader in the planning of transition pathways to Net Zero energy systems. Working with the Transition Accelerator to develop hydrogen hubs across Canada, David is accelerating the production and use of low carbon hydrogen as a fuel for both domestic demand and for new international markets that are quickly emerging.
March 15, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 8 - HTEC (Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure)
Listen to our interview with Shannon Halliday of HTEC Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) of Vancouver BC. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HTEC and having worked many years in the sustainable energy field and has experience in European and Quebec markets, Shannon has a rich background to share. HTEC currently serves BC, Quebec and California with retail hydrogen fueling stations, with near future prospects to grow their infrastructure to a wider market including Alberta. Committed to low carbon fuels, HTEC strives to create partnerships for green and blue hydrogen supplies as well as developing their own low carbon hydrogen infrastructure.
March 11, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 7 - Next Hydrogen (Compact Electrolysers serving Canadian Tire)
Listen to our conversation with Matt Fairlie, Vice Chair at Next Hydrogen Corp. A pioneer of Canadian innovation in Hydrogen, from his days as a graduate student involved in building hydrogen cars to working as a senior official in several hydrogen technology start-ups in Ontario. Next Hydrogen specializes in building modular drop-in electrolyser units that are capable of processing large intermittent sources of electricity and converting it into Hydrogen efficiently. Current clients include Canadian Tire distribution facilities and Next Hydrogen is looking to expand beyond the province of Ontario.
March 05, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 6 - New Wave Hydrogen Inc (low carbon hydrogen from methane)
Join us for our conversation with Kathleen O'Neil, a founder and CEO of two innovative clean tech companies. One company focuses on Carbon Capture and the second one, incorporated in Canada, is developing a new and innovative Methane heating and cracking (pyrolysis) technology to separate the Hydrogen and Carbon components from Natural Gas in a way where no CO2 is produced. This low energy technology turns methane into Hydrogen and Carbon Black (a solid form of Carbon that can be used in other industrial processes). She has been at work developing this technology since 2016, and with over $9M in industry and government funding New Wave Hydrogen is conducting field pilots and looking to move toward commercial pilot scales by 2025. This technology will open the door for distributed and centralized Hydrogen production with low energy requirements and with zero carbon dioxide, offering the potential for significant reductions in GHG emissions in Western Canada and globally.
February 25, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 5 - Hydra Energy (Hydrogen as a Service Delivery Model)
Join us for our conversation with Badr Abduljawad, Co-Founder and Director of Operations with Hydra Energy. As someone who has completely embraced the west coast life, Badr was drawn to Vancouver to play a part in the Hydrogen economy. Along with co-founder Simon Pickup, they have pioneered Hydrogen as a Service (HAAS) and created the easy button for the transportation industry. Converting truck fleets to be able to run hydrogen in a co-combustion process with diesel fuel, providing the fueling infrastructure and hydrogen source with no upfront cost, it's never been easier for companies to move onto the road to zero emissions. Operating in British Columbia and working on expanding the number of fleet vehicles served, Hydra has come up with an effective model to resolve the supply and demand balance of an emerging hydrogen economy.
February 19, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 3 - Maggie Hanna and The Energy Future of Western Canada
Maggie Hanna is our local explorer and energy futurist. Principal of Common Ground Energy Corporation and a fellow with the Energy Future Labs, she is based out of Calgary Alberta. Starting her career as a geologist for the mineral industry, switched into oil and gas exploration for several decades and then worked a technology scout for the oil and gas industry in Alberta, she now is an advocate of a sustainable energy transition and has worked tirelessly to advance new technological innovation in Western Canada. In our conversation we look at what is possible out of a Hydrogen economy for Western Canada from the perspective of someone who knows the Alberta oil and gas industry very intimately. As well as an overview of where the world is headed and how Canada stacks up in developing and taking advantage of the opportunities available from developing our Hydrogen resources.
February 13, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 3 - Zen Clean Energy Systems and AZETEC Hydrogen Truck Project
Jeff Grant is a pioneer in the fuel cell industry who after 16 years at Ballard Power Systems founded Zen Clean Energy Solutions 5 years ago to further implementation work of clean energy projects for various clients. His company has worked with Sun Line Transit of California to electrify their entire bus Fleet to zero emission and as the lead partner of the Alberta Zero Emission Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project. With AZETEC, Zen has worked with various regional partners to create a $15M demonstration project to create a Calgary to Edmonton zero emission heavy truck corridor using Hydrogen technology to test and validate a new Hydrogen Electric truck design to meet heavy duty performance specifications for the Alberta industry. Zen has also brought their vision to the national stage as the lead author of the Government of Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy for Canada and continue to further bring to reality a zero-emission future.
January 23, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 2 - Hydrogen In Motion (Nanomaterial Storage Tanks)
Today we are interviewing Grace Quan, the CEO of Hydrogen in Motion. A Vancouver based company developing a new innovative way to facilitate the storage and distribution of hydrogen, consisting of a solid-state tank system operating at low pressure for storing Hydrogen to be in used in multiple applications. Using an innovative new nanotechnology to create a unique storage media that stores low pressure hydrogen like a sponge. These containers can be quickly swapped out or easily refilled. H2M is currently working on 3 demonstrations projects, a hydrogen powered flying drone, a train locomotive conversion to hydrogen and deploying a 3 wheeled vehicle in India (Tuk Tuk style). This company is getting ready to expand their production facility to meet a growing market. H2M is looking to connect with investors and companies looking to for a solution using the H2M tank system. Grace can be reached on LinkedIn or through her website https://www.hydrogeninmotion.com/.
January 16, 2021
Hydrogen Episode 1 - Engine Hydrogen Injection System (Innovative Hydrogen Solutions)
Join me today for our conversation with Joe Williams of Innovative Hydrogen Solutions, a company borne out of a commitment to reducing air pollution through technology. Their Hydrogen Injection System is a compact add on system for heavy truck, standalone generators and marine diesel engines that dramatically changes the combustion dynamic to cause significant impacts on fuel consumption (15-35% reduction) and particulate emissions (86% reductions). A transition technology available now, financeable, and produces significant maintenance savings. A great example where investing in profit produces a reduction in environmental impacts, and with a Return on Investment of 9 - 14 months this is one worth considering. A simple safe design, the system needs only some distilled water added to produce low volume levels of hydrogen that enters the engine intake to produce the desired and significant effect. Already deployed on heavy trucks on Canadian roads, Danish Ferry’s, and hospital generators in Pakistan, we are talking about a proven and global product.
January 08, 2021
The Road to Zero - Introduction
Welcome to The Road to Zero, a Future Proof Network podcast. In this introduction we set the tone for this podcase and the conversations regarding the emerging Zero Impact Economy.
December 15, 2020