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By Olubunmi Olajide
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Another Downturn For Oil & Gas: Fraser Cowie
Global oil prices have been pushed under $40 per barrel over the last few months in large parts due to the pandemic, this will have lasting impacts on the industry and would potentially take years to rebound.  Fraser Cowie is the Eastern Hemisphere Sales Manager at Gyrodata, he joins us this week to discuss how the pandemic is affecting the oil and gas services industry and what low oil prices will look like for the future of GyroData. Recommended podcast: How to survive a downturn - https://podcasts.apple.com/ng/podcast/putra-adhiguna-how-to-survive-a-downturn/id1467655589?i=1000443859780&ref=dishapages _ Connect with Fraser on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fraser-cowie-080435113/ Learn more about GyroData: www.gyrodata.com/ _ *Credits* This episode was made possible with the help of Stephen Forrester.  Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
31:27
October 29, 2020
Promoting Energy Dialogues: Monika Simoes
Monika is the Founder & Managing Director of Energy Dialogues, a platform that unites the energy industry through dialogues and serves as inspiration for our podcast.  This week, Monika guides as we explore how conversations around energy have evolved over the years as a direct result of climate change and the energy transition, and what this would mean for the future of the energy industry and the role of collaborations going forward.  Energy Dialogues creates strategic opportunities for worldwide energy industry leaders to meet, converse, learn, and leverage available business insights and potentialities.  _ Connect with Monika on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/monika-sim%C3%B5es-2601b94/ Become a member of Energy Dialogues (It's free till the end of the year): energy-dialogues.com/  _ *Credits* This episode was made possible with the help of Bena Leslie. Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
36:28
October 14, 2020
Nuclear Energy Is Clean Energy: Amanda Lang & Matthew Mairinger
Nuclear energy produces clean electricity, but why isn't it considered as a main energy generation source to address climate change? Matthew and Amanda join us this week to answer our questions and discuss the role of nuclear in the energy transition. They are both active members of NAYGN (North America Young Generation in Nuclear). NAYGN provides opportunities for a young generation of nuclear enthusiasts to develop leadership and professional skills, create life-long connections, engage and inform the public, and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Recommended resources: Podcast on Radiophobia - podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-278-john-lindberg-public-affairs-manager-world-nuclear/id1331598443?i=1000491305438 _ Connect with  Amanda on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/amanda-lang-005b3017/ Matthew on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/matthew-mairinger-p-eng-19524380/ NAYGN: https://naygn.org/ _ *Credits* This episode was made possible with the help of Lee Causey (Former president of NAYGN). Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
41:50
October 7, 2020
The Cost of an Oil Spill: Yuvan Beejadhur - Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2 part series. A Japanese bulk carrier ran aground on coral reefs of Mauritius on 25 July 2020. The ship began to leak fuel oil (nearly 4000 tonnes) in the following weeks. Our guest this week is Yuvan Beejadhur, a blue economy expert who has worked with the UN and the World Bank. Yuvan is also a Mauritian,  and in this episode, we discuss the oil spill that has had a devastating impact on marine life and the Mauritius Economy. In this second part, we discuss with Yuvan the path forward from the oil spill and where the responsibilities for the events lie. _ Connect with Yuvan on LinkedIn | Twitter  _ *Credits* Thank you to James Ellsmoor, founder of Island Innovation for his help in making this episode possible Research for this episode was assisted by Oghosa Erhahon Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
30:20
September 24, 2020
The Cost of an Oil Spill: Yuvan Beejadhur - Part 1
A Japanese bulk carrier ran aground on coral reefs of Mauritius on 25 July 2020. The ship began to leak fuel oil (nearly 4000 tonnes) in the following weeks. Welcome to the first episode of season 3. Our guest this week is Yuvan Beejadhur, a blue economy expert who has worked with the UN and the World Bank. Yuvan is also a Mauritian,  and in this episode, we discuss the oil spill that has had a devastating impact on marine life and the Mauritius Economy.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series. _ Connect with Yuvan on LinkedIn | Twitter  _ *Credits* Thank you to James Ellsmoor, founder of Island Innovation for his help in making this episode possible Research for this episode was assisted by Oghosa Erhahon Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
39:58
September 24, 2020
Energy Literacy in Nepal: Campfire Ep. 5
Pramod, Kushal, and Joshua are building an energy literacy program that integrates with school curriculums in Nepal.  In this campfire episode, we discuss how their project has been affected by the pandemic, especially since schools can no longer hold physical classes. We explore how social factors, lack of proper access to electricity, and the internet makes the effects felt by the pandemic disproportional in certain communities.  _ Connect  Pramod Rijal - linkedin.com/in/pramod-rijal-27727959 Joshua Meinke - linkedin.com/in/joshua-meinke Kushal Gautam - linkedin.com/in/kushal-gautam-4a588260  
26:28
August 24, 2020
Re-imagining Nuclear Waste: Campfire Ep. 4
5 graduate students from the University of Michigan entered a grand challenge to find a practical use for nuclear waste, and here is the winning idea that won them $17,000. Anya, Jacob, Luyao, Aniket, and Marianna make up the SustainiUM team. They join us on this episode of our campfire series to discuss their solution to creating a viable product/service utilizing nuclear waste. The solution that won them the competition was to use the heat generated from spent nuclear fuel to process sewage sludge and transform it into sustainable biomass. In this conversation we explore their team dynamics, the motivations behind entering the competition, why they decided on their winning entry, and how balancing technology and policy was key in completing the competition.  _ Connect with the team on SustainiUM LinkedIn Anya Shapiro - linkedin.com/in/anshapiro/ Jacob Ladd - linkedin.com/in/jacob-ladd-9061a1a1/ Marianna Coulentianos (Absent from the interview) - linkedin.com/in/mariannacoulentianos/ Luyao Li - linkedin.com/in/umseas-lluyao/ Aniket Yadav - linkedin.com/in/anikety/ _ Related Links: cfe.umich.edu/nuclear-energy-grand-challenge-reimagining-nuclear-waste www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJNwFrfPyrU
36:05
August 17, 2020
Degrees Of Change: Campfire Ep. 3
Co-founders, Isha Kulkarni and Tanmay Takle started Degrees of Change to inspire systemic action on climate change and bridge the knowledge gap . In the 3rd episode of the campfire series, we introduce Tanmay and Isha, both from India with a global educational background. We explore their story and motivations behind building their platform Degrees of Change.  Degrees of Change is a community working to demystify climate change and sustainability in India and the world. We hope to inspire systemic action by providing insight and analysis through a holistic lens. Our platform serves as a voice for like-minded individuals across borders and disciplines, dissatisfied with the alarmist rhetoric around sustainable development, each with a unique insight to offer. As we step into the decade of action, we hope to bring about the degrees of change the world needs. https://www.degreesofchange.in/ _ Connect  Isha Kulkarni: LinkedIn | Twitter - @ishagk Tanmay Takle: LinkedIn | Twitter - @TanmayTakle _ Thank you for joining us this week, please send your feedback via energytalkpodcast@gmail.com
21:13
August 4, 2020
Water For Everyone: Campfire Ep. 2
Paola & Areli are building solar water distillers for rural communities in Bolivia while being in their 4th year of University. In this campfire episode, we introduce Paola Carvajal and Areli Diaz, Co-founders of the Student energy chapter at the University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquísaca. We go deeper into why they chose this project and how they are adjusting their plans with social distancing measures in place, especially since the second phase of their project involved organizing workshops for young children and women.  _ Connect  Paola Carvajal: LinkedIn Areli Diaz: LinkedIn _ Thank you for joining us this week, please send your feedback via energytalkpodcast@gmail.com
23:35
July 13, 2020
Building An Energy Background: Campfire Ep. 1
Winner, Alero, and the rest of their team set out to build an energy literacy program to help primary and secondary school students learn more about energy in their local community in Nigeria, then the pandemic hit and it was back to the drawing board.  Welcome to our first campfire episode, over the next 8 weeks we'll be hearing the stories of different teams of young people building projects in the energy space.  In our first episode, we head to Nigeria to hear from the Student Energy chapter at the University of Port Harcourt. Connect  Winner: LinkedIn Alero: LinkedIn _ For our regular listeners, please tell us what you think about the new format for the campfire series. Since we are interviewing a younger group a lot more attention was spent making them comfortable and this format allows us to express answers in a more concise manner. These interviews will go a long way in helping us prepare for season 3, feel free to share your input with us at energytalkpodcat@gmail.com.  With all Energy,  The Energy Talk team.
17:55
July 6, 2020
Season Finale: Introducing Campfire
Our final episode for season 2, thank you all for your support so far. We couldn't have made it this far with our audience and amazing guests.  In this final bonus episode, The Energy Talk team looks back on our favorite episode in the last 5 weeks, and announce our new project called "the campfire series". Campfire is a series of interviews with young people (students and young professionals) in the energy and climate space, this short series will run from June to mid-August with the aim of connecting with our community and discovering the stories of the leaders of the future that will drive the energy transition.  Season 3 is scheduled for September. We'll keep you updated as we continue to plan :D  If you'd like to be part of the project please email us: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com Or send us a dm on Instagram and twitter @TheEnergyTalk 
23:20
June 1, 2020
Anna Mikulska: Covid-19 Impacts On Oil & Gas
Last month, the WTI oil price traded negative for the first time in history, thanks to the coronavirus and other contributing factors.  In this episode, we dive into the reasons behind this occurrence and what this pandemic will mean for the larger oil and gas markets. Guiding us through this conversation is Anna Mikulska, a nonresident fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, and a fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. _ Connect with Anna on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/anna-mikulska-410a846/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
25:37
May 26, 2020
Rebekah Shirley: Why is Energy Access Important?
840 million people don't have access to energy, and by 2030, 90% of the people without energy will be in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: IEA) Dr. Rebekah Shirley is the Chief Research Officer at Power For All, she guides us through a conversation about the real-world impact that comes with access to energy. She introduces us to 2 research campaigns (Powering Jobs, and Utilities 2.0) that put numbers to the progress and empowerment that energy access has brought to developing communities.  Contact us: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Connect with Rebekah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebekahGShirley (@RebekahGShirley) Learn more about Power For All: https://www.powerforall.org/ Powering Jobs report: https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-jobs-decentralized-renewables-and-energy-transition Utilities 2.0 report: https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-under-grid-opportunity _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
34:59
May 18, 2020
Anu Adasolum: Women In Energy
Women account for 26% of the total workforce in the energy sector, but their representation at higher levels in the organization is even less: 23% of managers and 17% of board members are female on average. (According to 2018 report from BCG and WoNY). Anu Adasolum, Chief Operating Officer of Rensource Energy, joins us this week to discuss the topic of women in energy and give her take on what the future holds for renewable energy in West Africa.  _ Connect with Anu on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anu-adasolum-46754a19/ Learn more about Rensource Energy: https://www.rensource.energy/#what-we-do-section _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
32:27
May 14, 2020
Robert West: Technological Investments In The Energy Transition
Big banks and institutions are making commitments to divest from fossil fuel projects, but where will new investments go? and is this the right move? Joining us this week to answer those questions is Robert West, Founder, and CEO of Thunder Said Energy, a research consultancy that looks into disruptive energy technologies that can change the energy systems and help investors put their capital in the right places.  _ Connect with Robert on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-west-cfa-2b21b614/ Learn more about Thunder Said Energy: https://thundersaidenergy.com/about-us _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
29:34
May 12, 2020
Promise Ahante: Leveraging Opportunities in The Energy Transition
Covid-19 is affecting job markets worldwide and many young people are facing increasing uncertainty in their career prospects.  In this episode, Promise Ahante, SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) president of the Imperial College chapter, guides us through a story of his own experiences as a young professional in the energy industry. From graduating in the middle of the oil crisis in 2016 to being awarded a scholarship to pursue his masters' degree in the UK.  We also discuss the energy transition and the impact it'll inevitably have on the petroleum industry. _ Connect with Promise LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/promiseahante/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
48:49
May 4, 2020
Bonus Episode: Staying Sane During Lockdown and Episode Recaps
Hello everyone, I hope you're all doing well. Come hang out with us as we chat about the podcast, COVID-19, and things that inspire us. Bonus episodes are an opportunity for the TET team to be casual and speak directly to you the listeners, the format is more relaxed and serves as a change of pace from our more serious interview discussions and stories.  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @TheEnergyTalk, or email us at energytalkpodcast@gmail.com. 
31:34
April 27, 2020
Sanjana Paul: Hacking The Climate Crisis
Earth Hacks works with college students to host 48-hour environmental hackathons focused on creating innovative, equitable, and just solutions to the climate crisis. Joining us this week is the groups' Executive Director and Atmospheric Science Software Developer at NASA, Sanjana Paul. We discuss how her passion for finding workable solutions to climate challenges lead to starting Earth Hacks and her work at NASA, and about the most ambitious project The Earth Hacks team has taken on so far, named Capsule.  _ Connect with Sanjana Twitter: @lightbulbnerd Learn more about Earth Hacks: https://www.earthhacks.io/ The Capsule project: https://www.capsulehack.io/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
30:39
April 24, 2020
Ayodeji Dada: Energy Efficiency - Beyond Lightbulbs
Ayodeji Dada is the CEO of Stratagem Energy Management Company, Nigeria’s emerging energy management company for manufacturers, entrepreneurs, SMEs, and government agencies that want to reduce cost and maximize profit. In this episode, he is joined by Jennifer Anya to discuss the important role energy efficiency is playing in the energy transition.  _ Connect with Ayodeji LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ezekiel-ayodeji-dada/ Learn more about Stratagem Energy Management: https://stratagemenergy.com/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
44:25
April 20, 2020
Teague Egan: Energy Storage Technology
Teague Egan is the CEO of EnergyX and on this episode, he guides us through a conversation on the exploration and production of lithium for battery technologies and the role the lithium industry will play in the clean energy systems of the future. _ Connect with Teague Twitter: @TeagueEgan Learn more about EnergyX: https://energyx.com/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
37:29
April 17, 2020
James Ellsmoor: Innovating island Sustainability
James is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, and founder of island innovation. Where he helps islands transition towards low carbon energy sources and develop sustainable practices for the environment. In this episode, James guides us through a conversation about the unique challenges islands face with energy generation and distribution, and how this particular problem results in a much higher electricity cost than most other parts of the world. We also discuss the effect tourism has on the economy and environment of many tropical islands, for good and for bad.  Last year, Island Innovation organized a virtual island summit, a remote conference that connected over 4000 representatives from islands around the world, James discusses the impact of this event and what lessons he took away from it.  _ Connect with James  Twitter: @jellsmoor Learn more about Island Innovation: https://www.islandinnovation.co/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
29:44
March 16, 2020
Ujunwa Ojemeni: Impact Investing In Energy
Ujunwa Ojemeni is an impact investing and energy expert with experience in the areas of opportunity maturation, financing, and policy. Previously a Senior Investment Associate at All On, responsible for driving clean energy investment opportunities from origination to closing as well as providing strategic, governance and operational support to investees of All On. She is also the Founder and President of the African Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI Network) focused on promoting the participation of women in the energy sector through mentorship programs, career sponsorship (acceleration), networking opportunities, professional development and leadership training for women at all stages of their energy careers and for female students at the secondary and tertiary levels. _ Connect with Ujunwa on: LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ujunwaojemeni/ Twitter: @UjunwaOjemeni Learn more about the AWEDI network: http://awedinetwork.com/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
32:43
March 10, 2020
Vanessa Nakate: African Voices In The Climate Movement
Climate change disproportionately affects African communities but it's still not discussed in many African countries, in this episode, we explore some of the reasons why. Vanessa Nakate, a youth climate activist from Uganda, joins the conversation this week to share her experiences while raising awareness for climate change in her local community and representing Africa at international conferences.  Recently she was involved in a major incident at Davos 2020, an event that included misrepresentation by the media and a lack of attention for African voices in the climate movement. _ Learn more about Vanessa and her work Twitter: @vanessa_vash _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
36:45
March 2, 2020
Dejo Fabolude: Power Of AI & How It'll Take Your Job
Artificial intelligence technology will drastically change the way we work but what about the effect it'll have on energy systems? This week we have the Information Management Operations Team Lead at Chevron, Nigeria with us. We'll be discussing the advancements being made in Artificial Intelligence and computer science technology which will make us more productive and threaten the global job markets as more functions become automated.  We also discuss the importance of the oil and gas in developing countries and what that will mean with our changing climate and how to respond to growing pressures to divest entirely from fossil fuels. _ Connect with Dejo  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dejofabolude/ Twitter: @the_dej _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
49:42
February 24, 2020
Bonus Episode: Introductions, Goat Economics, And Generating Free Electricity
Come hang out with us on the first bonus episode of season 2.  In this episode, we introduce our new team member - Oghosa, our Head of Engagement -, give a recap on the episodes we've had so far and run through some energy news that has interested us over the last few weeks. One of which includes the effect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on global energy markets.  _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
32:22
February 17, 2020
Girish Shivakumar: Energy and Sustainability in India (Mission Zero)
Girish Shivakumar guides us through the energy systems of India, the second-largest country population and one of the fastest-growing economies. In this episode, we discuss the amazing rise of India's electricity access rates, from 70 to almost 99% in the last 10 years. The driving forces behind the booming economy, emerging electric vehicles market, and business adoption of sustainable practices. _ Learn more about Girish and his podcast, Mission Shunya: https://girishshivakumar.com/podcast/ Connect with Girish on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shivakumargirish/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah  SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xz
37:25
February 10, 2020
Meredith Adler: How You Can Make Impact In Energy
Student Energy is a global charity building the next generation of energy leaders who will accelerate our world’s transition to a sustainable future, and this week we speak to the organization's Executive Director. _ Learn more about Student Energy here: https://www.studentenergy.org/ _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xzDvpWA
39:19
February 3, 2020
Guled Ahmed: Trading Goats For Solar Home Systems
Guled Ahmed is the CEO and Founder of Power Off-Grid and Jiko Bio-Gas, both operating in Somalia. He has gotten recognition over the years for his innovative approach towards rural electrification in Somalia, some of his patent solutions include trading Goats for solar home systems... yes, Goats. In this episode, we discuss a lot about the operations of his companies and also dive into how global climate and energy policies sometimes negatively affect developing/low-income countries. These anti-Global South biases have serious repercussions, many of which are making the goal of global energy access by 2030 unattainable, at least for many communities in the Global South. _ Learn more about Power Off-Grid and Jiko Biogas here: https://power-offgrid.com/ Follow him on Twitter @GuledWiliq _ Music by Jensen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHFEpuTjAVekbI1xzDvpWA
1:08:37
January 27, 2020
Sandra Dozie: Tackling Energy Poverty Through Entrepreneurship.
Sandra Dozie is the CEO of Salpha Energy, a company that provides solar electricity products to various homes, businesses, and income levels across West Africa.  She joins us for the first episode of season 2 to discuss the importance of being an active player in the push to permanently eradicate energy poverty. Sandra worked with the UN at the historic period in 2015 when the Sustainable Development Goals were first implemented, this ambitious move by the UN inspired Sandra to come back to Nigeria a year later.  In 2017, Salpha Energy was born, and a little while later a major recession hit Nigeria, weakening an already unstable economy.  Find out how Sandra and the rest of her team overcame this challenge and many more on their path to establishing Salpha.  _ Learn more about Salpha Energy here: https://salphaenergy.com/ Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Music by Jensen: http://theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music
46:00
January 20, 2020
Bonus Episode: Last Podcast of The Year!
Thank you to everyone who have made the last 6 months of The Energy Talk podcast worthwhile. From our amazing guests to our awesome listeners, it's a pleasure to be your guide through all the conversations we've had and I'm so excited to keep this going next year.  All my best and with Energy! Olu. _ Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com
13:04
December 18, 2019
Dimitrios Mentis: Building The Energy Access Explorer
The Energy Access Explorer provides the data and tools necessary to create a future where all people have access to affordable, reliable and modern energy. This week on the podcast we'll be speaking to an individual that is helping to build it. Dimitrios Mentis is the project manager of The Energy Access Explorer, and a senior associate at the World Resources Institute (WRI). The Energy Energy Access Explorer was launched in September of 2019 but has been in development for much longer. Right now in its beta stage and only covering 3 East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania).  The potential for the project is massive as it will help renewable energy developers, governments, NGOs, and researchers make quicker and more informed decisions with access to useful data and accelerate our progress towards SDG7. And the best part? The platform is open source. Start exploring here: https://www.energyaccessexplorer.org/ _ Get in touch with Dimitrios via email: Dimitrios.Mentis@wri.org Also, connect with him on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dimitris-mentis-6abb4553/ Learn more about the WRI here: https://www.wri.org/  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.
45:17
December 4, 2019
Yetunde Fadeyi: Energy Poverty and Environmental Sustainability
Yetunde Fadeyi is the founder of REES Africa and co-founder of Wattcore Energy, both organizations focus on providing electricity to disenfranchised communities and promoting sustainable developments of the environment. Yetunde also received a Chevening scholarship this year to pursue her master's education in the UK.  In this episode, Yetunde and Jennifer discuss the motivations behind REES Africa - which operates in 5 states in Nigeria and one state in Ghana (Accra). During the conversation, you will learn what goes into planning rural electrification projects, the importance of partnerships and stakeholder engagement, and of course the irreplaceable role of passion and commitment.  _ Find out more about the work REES Africa doing here: www.reesafrica.org/ Follow Yetunde on twitter @yetunde_fadeyi and Stay up to date with REES Africa on social media @reesafrica everywhere. Here's a link to the REES documentary 'ATUPA'  of their work in the Sagbo Kodji: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j6RQvvOoMk Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.
50:31
November 25, 2019
Jamie Margolin: Rise of The Youth Climate Activists
Jamie Margolin is a youth climate activist and the co-founder of This Is Zero Hour. She was one of the main figures in the global climate strike that had over 1 million people worldwide participate in. And oh, she is only 17.  In this episode, we learn about the motivations that are driving the youth climate movement. We discuss how Jamie manages to balance her work as an activist while being in her final year of high school and dealing with the pressures that come with always being in the public eye in the era of social media. _ Find out more about Jamie and Zero Hour here: http://thisiszerohour.org/ You can also follow her on Twitter @Jamie_Margolin and Instagram @jamie_s_margolin We also highly recommend that you check out her TEDx talk here: https://youtu.be/amGyIqIBzEk Don't forget to follow us too on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.
29:39
November 18, 2019
Bret Kugelmass: Misconceptions About Nuclear Energy
This week on the podcast, Bret Kugelmass - Host of the Titans of Nuclear podcast and Managing Director of the Energy Impact Center - will be guiding us through our first conversation about Nuclear Energy! In this episode, we learn about the ups and downs in the development timeline of nuclear energy and correct some common misconceptions that have formed over the years about the largely misunderstood energy source.  _ Find out more about Bret and the work he is doing: https://www.energyimpactcenter.org/ You can also connect with him on LinkedIn here Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.
43:33
November 11, 2019
Bonus Episode: Episodes recap, Banter, and Podcast announcements
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com  Tune in next week to listen to our first conversation about Nuclear Energy.  _ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.
41:37
November 8, 2019
Anna Mikulska: An Introduction To Energy & Climate Policy
Anna Mikulska, Ph.D., is a nonresident fellow for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. She is also a fellow and lecturer at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.   Anna is joining us today on the podcast to give a crash course on energy policy and the important role it plays in the energy transition. Throughout our conversation, we will be exploring several aspects of energy policy with a focus on developed countries and the different approaches used to provide stable and affordable energy for their citizens. I hope this episode is accessible to everyone, even if this is your first time learning about energy policy - or if this is the 1000th time - there's something in this conversation for everyone.   _  Find out more about Anna and find all her articles and publications here: kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/senior-fellow/anna-mikulska Connect with Anna via LinkedIn and Twitter: @anna_b_mikulska. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com and don't forget to check us out on Twitter and Instagram!  _  Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.
53:09
November 2, 2019
William Brent: Impact of Decentralized Renewable Energy
William Brent is the Chief of Communications in an NGO called Power For All; which is a global coalition of 200 private and public organizations campaigning to deliver universal energy access before 2030 through the power of decentralized, renewable electricity. In this episode, William gives us massive insights into what it's like being part of an NGO like Power For All, and having the privilege of working in many developing countries in Africa and Asia, and in most cases seeing rural electrification projects go online and provide communities with their first introduction to modern energy.  We discuss a lot about the Sustainable Development Goal 7 that was set by the UN, with a target to eradicate energy poverty by 2030. William makes a good case for decentralized renewable energy as the best solution to achieve the SDG7 goals and the important role it and many other factors are going to play in the massive countdown to 2030. ___________________________ FInd out more about the work Power For All is doing by visiting their website here: www.powerforall.org Connect with William on Twitter @mrcleantech or via LinkedIn You can get in touch with us at the email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com ___________________________ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music
43:17
October 7, 2019
Dr. Victoria Nalule: Energy Access in Developing Countries
Joining us this week on the podcast is Dr. Victoria Nalule from Uganda she is a lawyer that specializes in the energy and mining industries of Africa and she is an avid advocate for women’s issues and infrastructural and economic developments in African communities. On this episode, we dive into the topic of Energy Access, which simply means making sure that everyone has stable and affordable electricity and means to improve their standards of living and reduce their overall carbon footprint. The Sustainable development goal 7 set by the United Nations aims to lift millions of people out of energy poverty, majority of which are in Sub-Saharan African and that is the region we will be focusing on in this episode. Through our talk, we will discuss the challenges slowing the progress of these goals and make arguments on the best paths forward to provide energy to the people who need it the most.  ___________________________ Connect with Dr. Victoria and find out more about the work she is doing on LinkedIn here.  I also recommend you check out her youtube channel and podcast for more resources on the topics we discussed.  Youtube - https://youtu.be/KDVVL8X3W90 (Energy Justice series) Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/5Br6PHlBgv9rYTHKUJKTMR You can get in touch with us at the email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com   ___________________________ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  http://theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music
40:57
September 30, 2019
Jake Corley: Entrepreneurship In Oil & Gas
Jake Corley, CEO, and Co-founder of Wellhub, managing partner of Digital Wildcatters which among other things produces the "oil and gas start-up podcasts", which He co-hosts with his partner Collin. Jake also, owns and operates his own oil-field and from what you'll hear from our conversation, he might be the most natural entrepreneur I've ever spoken to.  ___________________________  Find out more about Jake and the work he is doing: https://www.digitalwildcatters.com/ and reach out to him via email @jacobwcorley@gmail.com You can get in touch with us at the email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com  or visit the website @ theenergytalk.com Thank you for listening, and see you next week.  ___________________________  Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  http://theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music
46:14
September 23, 2019
Bonus Episode: Introducing our new team member
After a month's long absence we are finally back with another bonus episode.  It is also my pleasure to introduce Jennifer as a new member of The Energy Talk team.  ___________________________  You can get in touch with us at the email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com  or visit the webiste @ theenergytalk.com Thank you for listening, and see you next week. ___________________________  Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  http://theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music
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September 19, 2019
Ruairi McLoughlin: Lighting Up The World With Solar
Light Up The World (LUTW) is a Canadian non-profit organization focused on the principle that access to energy changes lives. The organisation works in communities that don’t have access to electricity; now focusing operation in Peru. Joining us on this episode from Lima, Peru is Ruairi McLoughlin, the social enterprise manager of LUTW, Peru.  We talk about the importance of the work being done by LUTW and also about solar technology and energy access.  Ruairi also shares some of his own personal motivations behind the work he is doing, and how those motivations have taken him for an engineer in the UK, to lighting up homes for the first time in Peru. You can find out more about LUTW here or with the link below.   http://lutw.org/about-lutw-2about-lutwabout-lutw/about-lutw/   You can also connect with Ruairi here via email:  r.mcloughlin@lutw.org   Thank you Ruairi and the rest of the LUTW team for sharing your story and being part of this conversation.   ___________________________  This episode also includes some announcements about the podcast, you can get in touch with me at the email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com  or visit the webiste @ theenergytalk.com Thank you for listening, and see you next week.   ___________________________  Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  http://theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music 
48:39
August 12, 2019
Laura Dafov: Searching For Purpose And Gas Hydrates
Laura Dafov joins the energy conversation this week from Texas, USA.  She shares about her current role in BP, finding large deposits of Natural Gas Hydrates, which is a cleaner burning and abundant fuel source that could play a significant role in the global energy mix of the future. Laura also shares the importance of being passionate about the work you do and always looking for new ways and people to learn from. It was truly a joy talking to and learning from Laura.  You can connect with Laura on LinkedIn here and find out more about what she is up to, tell her Olu sent you :). Thank you for listening to the episode this week, you can contact me to find out more about the show or just to share a bit about yourself with the email address: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com Or visit the website @ theenergytalk.com   _____________________ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music on this episode. Find more of his work with these links Instagram: www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/  Twitter: twitter.com/jensen_chuah  SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends
46:39
August 5, 2019
Helena Bennett: Starting Conversations About Climate Action
Helena joins the conversation this week from London, UK; and we have a very interesting conversation about climate change, renewable energy and environmental policy.  We both discuss the importance of having proper dialogue and educating the general public of the little and big ways that climate change affects us all, in our lives and communities.  I hope this episode will help you learn a bit more of how to engage people around you in conversation about the energy industry and sustainability. We all have a role to play in creating the kind of future we want to live in, and the only way we can get there is by making meaningful changes in our personal lives and communities.  Think Globally, Act Locally.  You can connect with Helena to find more conversation.  Twitter - @helenarbennett_  Instagram - @earthbyhelena   _____________________ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music on this episode. Find more of his work with these links Instagram: www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/  Twitter: twitter.com/jensen_chuah  SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends
41:51
July 29, 2019
Mark LaCour: A Close-up On The Oil and Gas Industry
Mark LaCour is an Oil and gas expert, and speaker. He is also the Editor-In- Chief of the OGGN (Oil and Gas Global Network), which produces the largest oil and gas podcasts in the world.  In our conversation we dive into the complex Geo-politics surrounding the petroleum industry, specification the dynamic relationship between OPEC, Russia, and the USA.  We also speak about the cooperate and environmental responsibilities the petroleum industry has to the world, and how some of the biggest names in Oil and Gas are preparing for the future of energy transition. _____________________ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music on this episode. Find more of his work with these links   Instagram: www.instagram.com/jensen_chuah/ Twitter: twitter.com/jensen_chuah SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/jensenneedsfriends
56:43
July 21, 2019
Bonus Episode: Why I Made This Podcast
Thank you to everyone who reads these descriptions, you're all awesome.  Don't forget to rate and subscribe wherever you're listening to the podcast.  There is a link in the description you can use to send voice messages, all voice messages will be played on the next episode (unless they're personal). Have a great week and look forward for the next episode!  ___________________ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music for this episode, find out more about his work here: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube
25:55
July 14, 2019
Putra Adhiguna: How To Survive A Downturn
In 2013, a barrel of crude traded at an average of US$112/bbl. In early 2016, the price of oil hit an historic low of $26/bbl.  This event lead to many people losing their jobs and drastically changed the way the oil industry operates in current day.  Putra and I discuss this event, as he shares his own experiences of working in Halliburton, Indonesia when the down turn hit. Putra gives plenty of advice, encouraging patience to the young workforce and to never stop learning and constantly seek out new challenges to master yourself and improve. The conversation also goes into energy policy in developing countries and global strides being taking to ensure a sustainable energy future for all. You can connect with Putra here... _______ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music for this episode, find out more about his work here: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube
51:56
July 7, 2019
Oluwatobi Babatunde: Data Driven Storytelling
Tobi is a young energy data analyst that brings data to life, he is currently developing his technical and entrepreneurial skills in Lagos, Nigeria.  In this episode he joins me discuss the important role that data plays in the energy world. Our conversation focuses on developing countries, with Nigeria as a case study. We discuss why some individuals and organisations do not see the benefits that data management and analytics provides them.  We also discuss the challenges of starting a business in a country that is just embracing new technologies, practices and ideas. Find out more about Tobi's work here... Resagratia *I want to apologise to all my listeners for the poor audio quality in this episode, I'm learnig as I go with the podcast, but i promise to increase the production quality substantially in the coming episodes. Looking forward to serving you more engageing conversations about energy, and thank you so much for listening. All my best, Olu.
51:42
June 29, 2019
Andres Bustamante: Sustainable Developments in South America
Joining us from beautiful Lobitos, Peru is Andres Bustamante; the first guest of the show and one of the founding partners of an NGO called ECOSWELL.  He Joins me to discuss the origins of the group and what their challenges and motivations are, also we talk about how renewable technologies can be used to great effects in rural communities and how operations like theirs can be replicated in more communities through a new term I picked up from him called "Leap frogging".  The aim of leap frogging is to encourage rural communities to adapt renewable technologies first instead of going through the conventional fossil fuel routes.  https://www.ecoswell.org/home.html  ecoswell is a non-profit organisation and have made a commitment to improve the local community they are in, they are open to donations and run a fantastic volunteer program year round. Follow the link above for more information.  Andres will also be speaking at a panel in the International Student Energy Summit 2019 on the topic of leapfrogging, follow the link for more information.  https://www.studentenergysummit2019.com/ 
56:52
June 7, 2019
A Brief History Of Energy: First we made fire
The ancient Greeks gave the world many things, some of the greatest generals, philosophers and even the basis for modern democracy, but among the greatest things they left us are their stories.  Welcome to the first Episode of the energy talk, here we start off with the story of Prometheus and his gift of fire to mankind. The story does a great job of showing the importance of energy and access to it, and just how much progress we gain because of effective use of energy sources.  We take the journey to review all the current sources of energy we have, from fossil fuels to renewables and everything in between. ... theenergytalk.com
25:53
June 7, 2019
Everything you need to know about energy in 50 seconds
 Welcome to the Energy Talk Podcast, My name is Olubunmi Olajide and I will be your host as we explore the rapidly changing world of our energy supply and demand and the ever looming effects of climate change. The issues surrounding energy are vast and are not limited to technological limitations alone, policy makers, geo-politics, and the human factor all play equally important roles, and these will be the scope of this podcast.  Over time I will look to bring you stories of individuals and organisations who are shaping our energy future and help you and myself understand better the reality we live with today. For more information visit our website:  theenergytalk.com 
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June 7, 2019