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Season 2: Episode:18

How Schneider Electric is Leaving Emissions in the Dust

What does it mean to maximize output while minimizing emissions without compromising efficiency?  Frederick Morency of Schneider Electric shares their ambitious sustainability initiatives. Morency discusses the company’s commitment to energy management, biodiversity conservation, and their lofty goal to achieve net-zero operations along with no net biodiversity loss by 2030. 

Season 2 | Episode 17

Harnessing the Atlantic Breeze: SWEB's Wind Energy Projects

If you live in Atlantic Canada, it can be windy. Storms bring gale-force winds, and hurricanes briskly pass, creating a challenging landscape for wind energy generation. Rory Cantwell, the CEO of SWEB Development, knows how. It’s part of SWEB’s approach to fostering meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders.

Cantwell busts common wind farm myths and the unique opportunities for wind energy generation in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern US. 

Season 2 | Episode 16

Empower Your Drive: Electric Avenue’s EV Charging Network

Mark MacDonald of Electric Avenue breaks down the business of electrification and how crucial data points can reveal the truth behind EV adoption worldwide. Mark also dispels misconceptions surrounding the grid’s capacity to handle mass EV adoption while drawing attention to the untapped potential of bi-directional charging. 

This episode is a must-listen for those keen for insights into the challenges and opportunities in the EV charging industry.

Season 2 | Episode 15

Canada’s Vision for a Hydrogen-Fueled World

2024 is emerging as a critical year for action in Canada’s hydrogen industry. Our guest is Ivette Vera Perez, President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA). The rapidly evolving business of hydrogen in Canada is happening now. This podcast outlays some of the logistics involved in hydrogen and ammonia transportation, including the challenges, the role of hydrogen carriers and pipelines. With the goal of boosting the hydrogen industry’s prominence in Canada’s energy landscape.

Season 2 | Episode 14

From Peels to Power: UPEI Innovates By Repurposing Potatoes

Researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island, led by Dr. Yulin Hu, are exploring innovative ways to convert potato waste into energy. They employ a gasification process to combine potato peels with sawdust, generating hydrogen as a clean fuel source. Additionally, they investigate the conversion of organic waste and agricultural byproducts into bio-oil, a potential alternative fuel for vehicles.

This research holds promise for sustainable energy solutions and highlights the growing interest in alternative energy.

Season 2 | Episode:13

The EVolving Landscape of Pre-Owned EVs

How well do electric vehicles hold up in the pre-owned and rental car markets? Johnny Beckett explains how Electric Vehicle Network offers a unique business model by combining dealer services with EV rentals. The focus on renting pre-owned EVs serves as a revenue stream and an educational tool for potential buyers. Watch the full episode as Johnny addresses the risks and opportunities in the EV industry and misinformation in the evolving automotive landscape.

Season 2 | Episode:12

Artificial Photosynthesis: Harvesting Green Hydrogen Inspired By Plants 🌱

The leaves of plants have been doing it forever, creating energy through photosynthesis.  Inside the chemistry building at Dalhousie University is the Dasog Research Group. This lab is where research takes place to generate energy, chemical fuels, and freshwater using sunlight. What’s really cool is that Dr. Mita Dasog and her team are being inspired by the process of photosynthesis from plants to make green hydrogen.

Season 2 | Episode 11

Power Shift: Eastward Energy's Vision for a Sustainable Nova Scotia

How can using natural gas make our green goals a reality?
Maria discusses Nova Scotia’s energy transition with Derek Estabrook from Eastward Energy. Derek breaks down how natural gas plays a vital role in achieving a low-carbon future, addressing challenges in transportation and buildings. Derek introduces an integrated energy system concept by outlining its benefits and the role of gas grids and energy storage.

Season 2 | Episode 10

Powerful Partnership: Tesla’s Advanced Battery Research Lab at Dalhousie University

Cutting-edge battery research is happening in an R&D lab facility at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Michael Metzger is one of three principal investigators in the Dalhousie-Tesla research partnership on long-lived, high-energy density and low-cost batteries.

They discuss the lab’s ambitious research goals with Tesla. Learn what is at the forefront of battery research and other projects that Metzger and his colleagues have underway.

Season 2 | Episode 9

Connecting Energy Innovators: Wes Scott and the Smart Energy Event

It all started with a conversation that ignited the energy sector. Wes Scott shares the inception of the Smart Energy Event and why it is held in Halifax each April. In this episode, we discuss the evolution of the energy industry across Canada, with Wes emphasizing the pivotal role of government regulations, economic factors, and technological advancements. We unveil exciting plans for the Smart Energy Conference in 2024.

Season 2 | Episode 8

Eco-Champion Chronicles: The Green Odyssey of Stephen Mildenberger

Ever wondered about the challenges of being an early adopter in environmental advocacy? Join us as we explore the inspiring narrative of Stephen Mildenberger, a true trailblazer in renewable energy and conservation. His journey, akin to the struggles expressed in Kermit’s iconic song, “It’s not easy being green,” is a testament to the power of knowledge.

Season 2 | Episode 7

Digging Deeper Into PRI Engineering's Geotechnical Expertise

Can we ensure the stability of large-scale solar arrays in the face of extreme weather events and changing regulations? Host Maria McGowan chats with Tom St. Onge from PRI Engineering, a civil engineering consulting firm specializing in geotechnical engineering. They discuss crucial processes involved in the risk management role of renewable energy projects and explore PRI Engineering’s commitment to growth and education in the field.

Season 2 | Episode 6

From the Ground Up: Aecon's Zero-Carbon Initiatives

Maria McGowan sits down with Prabh Banga, Aecon’s VP of Sustainability. In addition to Aecon’s focus on safety and sustainability, they’re also testing zero-emission equipment and low-carbon construction materials. Prabh offers valuable advice for companies looking to embark on their sustainability journey. Give their podcast, “Road to Net Zero,” a listen as it covers a range of sustainability topics in the construction industry, and Acon’s future focus is on technology and innovation to further reduce emissions during construction projects.

Season 2 | Episode 5

Reimagining Nuclear Waste: Fueling Moltex Energy’s Innovation

In this episode of the Reimagined Energy Podcast, host Maria McGowan speaks with Rory O’Sullivan from Moltex Energy. They discuss Moltex’s mission to develop nuclear technology that can produce affordable, clean energy while addressing the nuclear waste challenge. Moltex Energy offers three unique technologies: a molten salt reactor, a waste recycling facility, and a thermal energy storage system. The key innovation is recycling existing nuclear waste as fuel. 

Season 2 | Episode 4

From Wind to Watts: Atlantic Canada's Energy Sector

Do you have questions about Energy? Want to improve your understanding of how the energy sector works and how it impacts your life? In this episode of the Reimagined Energy Podcast, host Maria McGowan welcomes Michelle Robichaud from the Atlantica Centre for Energy. They discuss their interactive energy maps highlighting the region’s diverse energy infrastructure. Michelle talks about the challenges and opportunities specific to Atlantic Canada, such as the transition to clean energy, offshore wind, nuclear, and hydrogen projects.

Season 2 | Episode 3

Switching Gears: Sustainable Solutions for Your Commute

Returning to the Reimagined Energy Podcast is Sadiq Pirani, a leading expert in transportation and sustainable urban planning. Sadiq discusses the shift towards eco-friendly and efficient modes of commuting. This episode discusses the transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric cars; he provides innovative solutions that promise safer, smarter, and sustainable mobility options. Spoiler alert: it’s about adjusting our attitudes and habits to reshape how we move in our cities.

Season 2 | Episode 2

Diverse Voices, Green Choices: Claire Harris on Energy Transformation

In this episode of the Reimagined Energy Podcast, Maria sat down with Claire Harris, a senior advisor in the area of environment and inclusion at NB Power. Claire shared insights into her remarkable journey in the energy sector, the shifts she’s witnessed over the past decade, and what lies ahead for the industry. They delved into the evolving landscape of the energy sector, discussing the shifts, challenges, and the critical role of diversity and inclusion in the energy transition. 

Season 2 | Episode 1

AI-Powered Solutions: Climative's Journey to Low-Carbon Living

There are so many uses for artificial intelligence; in this case, it can help us save on energy costs.  In this episode, Maria McGowan interviews Winston Morton from Climative, a climate data platform revolutionizing energy and climate assessments for homes and buildings. They discuss how Climative utilizes artificial intelligence for digital audits, providing pathways to net-zero or low-carbon buildings.

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The Reimagined Energy Podcast recognizes that we are in Halifax, or Kjipuktuk, in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq people. We acknowledge the Peace & Friendship Treaties signed in this Territory and recognize that we are all Treaty People.
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