The Kingdom Podcast

The Kingdom Podcast

Soluna
Sep 03, 2020 1 hr 1 min

The Kingdom Episode 26: The Zero-Carbon Cloud with Andrew Chien

In this episode, the team at Soluna is hosting William Eckhardt Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Labs, Andrew Chien. Our work at Soluna builds upon his research that shows adding dispatchable load not only reduces stranded power, but it also improves both grid cost and stability. Ultimately, this allows for higher penetration of renewable energy within an existing system. His work started with one crucial question: “How do we minimize the negative impacts of computing, even though it’s doing good or serving a useful purpose?” We learn more about his introduction to computer science, the course of his research in machine learning, cloud computing, and clean energy. We then talk about the practical and theoretical applications of zero-carbon cloud computing now and in the future. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out “Zero-Carbon Cloud: Solving Renewable Energy’s Biggest Problem” on our blog: https://medium.com/clean-integration/zero-carbon-cloud-solving-renewable-energys-biggest-challenge-5d1033e2174c?source=friends_link&sk=39b5345edc22d5ef93a6a02c8e7905a3 Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us @TheKingdomPod, @SolunaPower, and @jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/solunablockchain
Aug 21, 2020 1 hr 6 min

The Kingdom Episode 25: What It Will Take To Be 100% Renewable with Rob Gramlich

In this episode, we’re asking: “What will it take to reach 100% renewable energy?” John, CEO of Soluna, and Phillip, head of Corporate Development, talk to Rob Gramlich, CEO of Grid Strategies– a company with a mission to heighten the efficiency of the development and operation of energy grids. This chat is rich with information thanks to Rob’s extensive experience in the energy sector. You can expect to learn more about the changing structure of energy grids in terms of development and operation and its direct impact on the development of renewables from Rob’s first-hand experience in the industry. Additionally, they discuss the growth (or lack thereof) of energy investment in different parts of the world and what this means for reaching total renewable energy. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to read more on this subject, check out Disconnected: Our Electric Grid’s Struggle with Renewable Energy on our blog! Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter! Connect with us @TheKingdomPod, @SolunaPower, and @jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter, or talk to us on LinkedIn.
Jul 08, 2020 54 min

The Kingdom Episode 24: How the Oil Industry Deals with Crisis and its Impact on Climate Change with Bill Hayes and Sanjeev Kumar

We talk to Sanjeev Kumar, a strategic advisor to Soluna and Bill Hayes, former Head of Legal and External Affairs at Kosmos Energy to learn more about the oil, especially as the industry faces disruption during the Coronavirus pandemic.Tune in for an interesting educational lesson on the history of oil, its rise as an energy source, and its influence on the global economy. Then, we unpack the complexity of the oil industry from Texas to Africa in the last few decades and the technological innovations that have saved the industry through its historical challenges.We question the future of oil and the recent impact of renewables on the industry, gaining invaluable insight from Sanjeev and Bill learnings from their extensive experience in the energy industry. Could these recent challenges be the catalyst for a Renewable Future?For the article Phil Ng mentioned during the episode, read The Shale Apocolypse, and What It Can Teach Bitcoin Miners on our blog!Connect with us on [email protected]@[email protected] what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe.To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter.Check out our blog, Clean Integration on Medium, for more or connect with us on LinkedIn.
Jun 24, 2020 39 min

The Kingdom Episode 23: Diversity, Renewable Energy, and Tech with CEO John Belizaire

John Belizaire, CEO, sits with Ashley Capuzzi to discuss John’s experience with diversity as a leader in the fields of technology and renewable energy.In this episode, you’ll also hear John talk about his background in tech, his drive for entrepreneurship, and for learning about people, and how he found himself in the renewable energy space.As one of Soluna’s core values, diversity is not only important to our team but truly makes up our company’s DNA.As we continue with season 2 of our podcast, which will focus on renewable energy, we’re excited to share with you some wonderful conversations with people from all different walks of life, experiences, and expertise.Connect with us on [email protected]@[email protected] more on what was discussed in this episode, read Diversity in Blockchain on our blog!Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe.To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter.Check out our blog, Clean Integration on Medium, for more or connect with us on LinkedIn.
Jun 17, 2020 56 min

The Kingdom Episode 22: The Future of Renewable Energy with Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar is a veteran in the energy industry. For most of his career, he has led and grown companies at the forefront of energy and innovation. As a strategic advisor to Soluna, he joins us in conversation to discuss a bit of energy industry history, the future of renewable energy, climate change, among other things. Here’s what you can expect to learn: What shifts have we seen in energy sources?How have energy investments and incentives changed?What are some barriers to renewable energy adoption?Connect with us on [email protected] @SolunaPower @jbelizaireCEOFor more on what you heard today, read “Disconnected: Our Electric Grid’s Struggle with Renewable Energy” on our blog!Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter. Check out our blog, Clean Integration on Medium, for more or connect with us on LinkedIn. Our show was mixed and mastered by Charles Malave. Our theme music is Geometric by At Last (@maxxatlast).
Jun 10, 2020 46 min

The Kingdom Episode 21: Renewable Energy Development with the Soluna Team

The Soluna team is back at it for Season 2 of The Kingdom! This season we will be focusing on all things related to renewable energy innovation, including conversations with experts in the field. To kick off the season, John Belizaire, CEO, is in conversation with Dip Patel, CTO; Phillip Ng, VP of Corporate Development; and Larbi Louyidi, Managing Director at A.M. Wind. Together, they address the need for renewable energy development, investment, and data center innovation, among many other things. Here’s some of what you can expect to hear: “There is an appeal that the cost of renewable energy makes it compelling to add to the overall energy market. It’s getting to a point where it could become cheaper than coal.” –John Belizaire, CEO, on renewable energy investment“There are about a billion people without access to reliable electricity. That’s 1 of 7 humans on Earth and about half of them live on the African continent.” –Phillip Ng, VP of Corporate Development Sources referenced in this episode: 2018 IPPC Report, Lazard 2019 Cost Report, WE Forum Investment ReportFor more on what we covered in this episode, check out How to Drive More Renewable Energy Development in Africa (and Beyond) on our blog!Connect with us on [email protected]@SolunaPower @jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. Check out our blog, Clean Integration on Medium, for more or connect with us on LinkedIn. To join our community, visit us at soluna.io and join our newsletter. Our show was mixed and mastered by Charles Malave. Our theme music is Geometric by At Last (@maxxatlast).
Apr 24, 2020 18 min

The Kingdom Episode 20: Storytelling and StartupLand - Women of Soluna

The women of Soluna- Ashley, former VP of Marketing, and Cybele, Content Strategist- discuss their roles in the space of renewable energy, blockchain, tech, and startup-land. Each with their different backgrounds and experiences, they find common space in what it’s like to be a woman in tech and their inspiration for breaking through barriers.At Soluna, our team upholds the values of diversity and transparency. In this episode, you’ll hear how it’s played a role in the way Ashley and Cybele navigate their love for storytelling and marketing.Connect with us on [email protected]@SolunaPower
Oct 16, 2019 50 min

The Kingdom Episode 19: Interview with Michael Skelly

As part of our book club at Soluna, our team read Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy by Russell Gold. We had the pleasure of talking to that man, Michael Skelly. Michael pioneered the move to wind energy in 2000, when renewable energy provided only 10 percent of the power in the US, according to the Energy Department.In this episode, CEO John Belizaire guides a conversation with Skelly to learn more about his experience establishing the second largest wind power company in the US and the five phases of a development project. John also asks about Michael’s emphasis on leadership, culture, and values at Clean Line, to which he says:“You have to constantly be learning, a culture of learning. In order to do that, you have to make sure people feel free to ask dumb questions.” And -- stay tuned until the end for some awesome book recommendations! Connect with us @[email protected] @jbelizaireCEOLiked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. Check out our blog, Clean Integration on Medium, for more or visit us at soluna.io
Sep 24, 2019 58 min

The Kingdom Episode 18: Kevin Kent - Climate Change and Building Efficient Data Centers

It’s been said that the amount of Google searches done in one month can power 400,00 homes. What does this mean for the future of data and energy?Kevin Kent, CEO & Founder of Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions, sits with CTO Dip Patel to explore data centers, their energy consumption and their efficiency potential. Together, they take a deep dive into copious amounts of data the world has produced, and continues to produce, and how it can be used to fund green energy.“We don’t want to get rid of data centers or scale them back. We want our internet. We want our connectivity. We don’t want to harm the planet. And that is possible.” - Kevin Kent What should we, both as data consumers and data generators, know about the future of data centers? How can data centers be more energy efficient? The first step is understanding where you are. Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe. http://pod.link/thekingdomCheck out our blog, Clean IntegrationFor more information on Soluna, visit our website
Aug 30, 2019 26 min

The Kingdom Episode 17: Core Values - One Year Later

It’s been a year since we’ve sat down to talk about our core values. We addressed Soluna’s mission to be transparent, to support local economies, and to produce 100% clean, renewable energy in our 2nd episode: What Do We Value?. In that episode, our CEO John Belizaire explained: “Core values are immutable things…. when you first shape them, they are foundational elements and over time they might change, some are aspirational, that sort of thing- but in my view we had to first define how are we going to be different than every other company that's in the blockchain ecosystem today.” In this “rearview mirror” episode, VP of Corporate Development, Phillip Ng, interviews John to revisit the values that have centered our growth at Soluna. Together, they discuss how we’ve remained true to our values, how they’ve been challenged, and how they continue to differentiate us from others. “This market can have dark corners,” as John says, so it’s important that we don’t lose sight of who we are at our core, both as a company, and those we work with. What should other CEO’s know about setting core values?How do core values magnetize a team as a company scales? Learn this and more in this episode of The Kingdom. Connect with [email protected]@SolunaPower @JBelizaire66 For more information on Soluna, visit our website. Liked what you heard? Be sure to rate us 5 stars, leave a quick review, and subscribe.
The Kingdom Podcast
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