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A new dawn for Hydropower - Redefining Energy podcast

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Laurent is a Franco-British financier, founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based global platform for Renewable Energy Assets. For the past twenty years, Laurent has been trading and managing...

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Episode 25 of the Redefining Energy podcast: Laurent Segalen and Gerard Reid analyse the latest innovations in the #hydropower sector, the still largest source of renewable energy in the world (but growing at a much slower pace than Wind and Solar). 

We have a great conversation with Gia Schneider, CEO of Natel Energy, a California-based small-hydro start up. Natel has just raised 11mUSD from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (an Innovation fund supported by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg…) as well as Schneider Electric. Natel’s innovative hydro turbine has a very low LCOE combined with great environmental performances. We discuss the challenges Gia Schneider had to overcome and share a vision for a decarbonized grid where small hydro can deliver clean dispatchable and baseload power.

A special thanks to James Brammer, Top hydro Engineer at GE for sharing information on the sector’s latest developments.

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Matt Chester on May 15, 2020

Really interesting to hear about-- I feel like there's less talk in the hydro world because the assumption is that we have it in most places where it geographically makes sense already, but highlighting where efficiency in new tech can play a role is so important too. We need to maximize our return from these natural geographies available for hydro 

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Laurent Segalen on May 18, 2020

Matt

Thank you for your comment. Hydro is the sleeping giant / beauty. Should we re-invest in Hydro, we would spare a lot of money wasted on absolutely unproven technologies.

Be well

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