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The POWER Podcast provides listeners with insight into the latest news and technology that is poised to affect the power industry. POWER’s Executive Editor Aaron Larson conducts interviews with leading industry experts and gets updates from insiders at power-related conferences and events held around the world.

The POWER Podcast provides listeners with insight into the latest news and technology that is poised to affect the power industry. POWER’s Executive Editor Aaron Larson conducts interviews with leading industry experts and gets updates from insiders at power-related conferences and events held around the world.

Location:

United States

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The POWER Podcast provides listeners with insight into the latest news and technology that is poised to affect the power industry. POWER’s Executive Editor Aaron Larson conducts interviews with leading industry experts and gets updates from insiders at power-related conferences and events held around the world.

Language:

English

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Episodes

70. Could Geothermal Energy Become the ‘Sexy’ Renewable?

11/19/2020
Could Geothermal Energy Become the ‘Sexy’ Renewable? Geothermal is an often-overlooked and even disregarded renewable energy resource. While new wind and solar energy projects garner headlines nearly every day, geothermal is rarely sighted in news feeds. However, that could change in the future. One company that has made progress on new geothermal technology is GreenFire Energy. In June, the company completed the world’s first field-scale demonstration of closed-loop geothermal energy...

Duration:00:24:52

69. Clean Energy Tech Company Offers Customers Renewable Options

11/9/2020
Clean Energy Tech Company Offers Customers Renewable Options There is a growing trend toward clean energy around the world. A number of high-profile companies, including Google, Apple, Walmart, and more than 260 others, have set 100% renewable electricity goals, and power companies, too, have joined in the movement, with many targeting net-zero emissions in coming decades. However, most consumers have found it more difficult to source 100% renewable energy to power their homes. That is,...

Duration:00:21:59

68. Developments in Offshore Wind Technology

11/5/2020
Developments in Offshore Wind Technology By some estimates, offshore wind energy has the potential to deliver 18 times the current global electricity demand. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said offshore wind power could develop into a $1 trillion industry over the next two decades, so there’s obviously a lot of growth potential around the world. While the cost for offshore wind projects is currently higher than onshore systems, John Olav Giæver Tande, Norwegian Chief Scientist at...

Duration:00:29:20

67. Fusion Power May Be Closer Than You Think

10/29/2020
Fusion Power May Be Closer Than You Think Fusion research and development have been ongoing for decades, and many people probably believe a fusion power system will remain out of reach for decades longer. But the truth is that more than 100 tokamaks have been constructed and the science behind fusion is well-understood. What has been elusive is generating net energy from a fusion reaction, that is, getting more energy out than goes in to heat the plasma. One company that believes it is on...

Duration:00:33:19

66. Developing a Safer Lithium-Ion Battery

10/22/2020
Developing a Safer Lithium-Ion Battery. Most consumers know that lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries can get hot. People experience the phenomenon in devices such as cell phones and laptop computers. In extreme circumstances, the heat can cause fires with catastrophic consequences. One company that is working to remedy the problem is Burlington, Washington-headquartered LAVLE. The company’s COO Morten Pedersen and CTO Ben Gully were guests on The POWER Podcast. They explained how LAVLE is making...

Duration:00:16:45

65. Taking Lithium-Ion Batteries to the Next Level

10/8/2020
Taking Lithium-Ion Batteries to the Next Level. Although the first lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery was conceived more than 50 years ago, the technology continues to be refined and improved today. Scientists and engineers are constantly modifying and testing electrolytes, anodes, and cathodes in an effort to make Li-ion batteries more energy-efficient, cost-effective, and safer. Chicago, Illinois-based NanoGraf Technologies is one company working to improve the technology. The company has...

Duration:00:16:13

64. Leaders in the Smart City Movement

9/24/2020
Leaders in the Smart City Movement What is a “Smart City”? According to one definition, it’s an urban area that uses different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect data, with insights gained from that data used to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently. Clint Vince, chair of Dentons’ U.S. Energy Practice and co-chair of Dentons’ Global Energy Sector, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. Vince created the firm’s groundbreaking Smart Cities and Connected Communities...

Duration:00:29:13

63. Is Carbon Capture Technology a Viable Solution?

9/17/2020
Is Carbon Capture Technology a Viable Solution? Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) is widely viewed as a necessary technology to facilitate the continued use of fossil fuels in light of climate change concerns around the world. One company that has been highly focused on CCUS research and development, as well as deployment of the technology, is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Tiffany Wu, business development manager for MHI America, was a guest on The POWER Podcast, and talked...

Duration:00:13:08

62. Sustainable Building at Heart of Collaborative Project

9/1/2020
Sustainable Building at Heart of Collaborative Project. The South Landing project in Spokane, Washington, has been called “the five smartest city blocks in the world.” The development is said to feature “the most sustainable large building in North America.” Known as the Catalyst Building, it is intended to anchor a planned “innovation hub.” The five-story, 150,000-square-foot building features two wings around a light-filled collaborative atrium. Catalyst will host dry labs, offices,...

Duration:00:39:44

61. How to Find the Lowest-Cost Option for Electricity in Competitive Markets

8/6/2020
How to Find the Lowest-Cost Option for Electricity in Competitive Markets. How electricity is delivered to customers in the U.S. is complicated. Consumers in some states have no choice who supplies their power; state commissions regulate utilities as vertically integrated electricity providers. Other states utilize a competitive model in which power producers can openly access transmission infrastructure and participate in wholesale electricity markets. Yet, there isn’t complete consistency...

Duration:00:20:48

60. Amicarella ‘Demystifies’ the Role of CEO for Women - EthosEnergy

7/29/2020
Amicarella ‘Demystifies’ the Role of CEO for Women. The power generation industry has historically been a male-dominated industry, but today there are a number of women who have risen through the ranks to positions of leadership. Ana Amicarella, CEO of EthosEnergy, is one of them. EthosEnergy is a leading independent service provider of rotating equipment services and solutions to the power, oil and gas, and industrial markets. Amicarella was appointed CEO last December after spending 22...

Duration:00:18:13

59. Using Autonomous Drones in the Power Sector - Reese Mozer

7/23/2020
Using Autonomous Drones in the Power Sector. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been dabbled with throughout the power industry for years. POWER featured a drone on its cover in April 2014, and it has published many articles on drone technology since then. Yet, the technology has been used more as a novelty in the power sector up to this point. As a guest on The POWER Podcast, Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics, suggested that could change in the very near...

Duration:00:14:35

58. What Is DERMS and How Can It Help Utilities - Seth Frader-Thompson

7/8/2020
What Is DERMS and How Can It Help Utilities? A distributed energy resource management system, or DERMS, is a software platform used to manage a group of distributed energy resource (DER) assets—such as rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, behind-the-meter batteries, or a fleet of electric vehicles—to deliver vital grid services and balance demand with supply to help utilities achieve mission-critical outcomes. As a guest on The POWER Podcast, Seth Frader-Thompson, CEO of the DERMS provider...

Duration:00:33:47

57. The Importance of a Resilient Power System - Amol Sabnis & Jason Teckenbrock

6/10/2020
The Importance of a Resilient Power System. It’s hurricane season in the U.S., which runs from June 1 through the end of November, and there have already been three named storms. The most recent was Tropical Storm Christobal, which was the earliest third-named Atlantic storm on record when it formed on June 2. It made landfall in the U.S. along the northern Gulf Coast on June 7, with heavy rain, a storm surge of almost six feet, and a few tornadoes. “Irrespective of which part of the world...

Duration:00:27:29

56. Tips for Check Valve Selection and Installation - Brian Strait and Noah Miller

6/4/2020
Tips for Check Valve Selection and Installation. Check valves are installed in many piping systems. Their purpose is to allow flow in only one direction, which can be critical for plant safety and to protect equipment from damage. There are a few different check valve designs, including swing check valves and spring-loaded poppet-style check valves. Understanding which type is best for a given application and ensuring valves are properly installed is vital to success. Noah Miller,...

Duration:00:19:57

55. Understanding the Dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

5/7/2020
Understanding the Dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide Gas. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas is produced as a result of the microbial breakdown of organic materials in the absence of oxygen. It can be found in tanks, vaults, voids, and other confined spaces at industrial facilities including power plants. Besides being flammable and corrosive, H2S is also colorless and toxic, even in relatively low concentrations, so it is extremely hazardous to workers. In fact, it is the second-most-common cause of...

Duration:00:10:30

54. Solar Power Is Cheap and Getting Cheaper - Brendan Duval - Glenfarne Group

4/23/2020
Solar Power Is Cheap and Getting Cheaper. In many locations, solar power is already the lowest-cost renewable energy alternative available. Some of the advantage stems from advancements made in manufacturing processes and economies of scale that solar companies have captured. Operating costs also factor into the equation—solar’s operating costs are minimal while operating expenses for wind power are more substantial. Still, Brendan Duval, CEO of the Glenfarne Group, suggested the gap between...

Duration:00:28:01

53. Technology for Managing Distributed Energy Resources

4/9/2020
Technology for Managing Distributed Energy Resources. With the growth of distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, wind turbines, battery energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and demand response technology, distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) are becoming increasingly important for utilities. Brad Williams, vice president of Industry Strategy with Oracle Utilities was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He touched on a number of topics, including how DERMS are...

Duration:00:34:34

52. What Does It Take to Develop Utility-Scale Solar Projects?

3/31/2020
What Does It Take to Develop Utility-Scale Solar Projects? Constructing a utility-scale solar project requires more than simply buying PV panels and mounting them in a field. It can take years to find the right location, conduct feasibility studies, obtain permits, and align the proverbial stars. A couple of experts, who have managed multiple projects through the process, were guests on The POWER Podcast. Carl Jackson and Charles Silio, two of the three partners who founded Glidepath...

Duration:00:35:58

51. PLM, ERP, EAM, Digital Twin: What Do They All Mean? - Mark Reisig

3/19/2020
PLM, ERP, EAM, Digital Twin: What Do They All Mean? The power industry and technology worlds are filled with acronyms. It’s often hard to know what they all mean. Mark Reisig, director of Product Marketing at Aras, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He explained how digital technology is being utilized to bring products to market and track assets throughout their lifecycle. The process often starts in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system. Reisig said when a product is created for the...

Duration:00:27:12