This special interest group is for professionals to connect and discuss all types of carbon-free power alternatives, including nuclear, renewable, tidal and more.

Podcast / Audio

A new dawn for Hydropower - Redefining Energy podcast

image credit: Credit: Natel Energy
Laurent Segalen's picture
CEO Megawatt-X

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...

  • Member since 2019
  • 166 items added with 140,379 views
  • May 15, 2020

Access Podcast / Audio

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.





Laurent Segalen's picture
Thank Laurent for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member
Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Matt Chester's picture
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 

Laurent Segalen's picture
Laurent Segalen on May 18, 2020


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

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »