The MIT Energy Initiative Podcast

Conversations at MIT about the future of energy.

Episode #39
Starting from space

Maria Zuber, vice president for research at MIT, on a lifelong interest in space, the human side of energy, and MIT as a testbed for climate solutions.

Episode #38
Sustainable hydropower

Gia Schneider, co-founder and CEO of Natel Energy, on early climate inspirations, founding a company, and how she’s revolutionizing hydropower.

Episode #37
Energy decentralization in Africa

Ije Ikoku Okeke, CFO of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, on decentralizing energy in urban and rural Nigeria, micro-grids, and their biggest technology barrier.

Episode #36
Digitalization and the power grid

Mark Thompson, director of digital delivery at National Grid, on digitalization, industry standards, and the day-to-day of how our grid is being converted to renewable energy.

Episode #35
Energy connectivity in Africa

Vera Songwe, under-secretary-general and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, on economic development and energy connectivity in Africa.

Episode #34
Energy access in Africa and beyond

Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and co-chair of UN-Energy, on energy access, electrification in Nigeria, and the power of data.

Episode #33
Cost of car ownership

David Keith, assistant professor at the MIT Sloan School, and Joanna Moody, research program manager at MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, on why we value our cars and what it means for sustainable urban mobility in the future.

Episode #32
International Energy Agency

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, on junior beginnings, energy priorities, and personal challenges.

Episode #31
Energy and filmmaking

Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and professor at University of Texas at Austin, and founder and chairman of the Switch Energy Alliance, on energy and filmmaking in the developing world.

Episode #30
Building technology

Jessica Granderson, staff scientist and deputy of research programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on building analytics, energy efficiency, and the grid.

Episode #29
The science of solar

Frank van Mierlo, CEO of 1366 Technologies, on the science of solar, green hydrogen, and an unexpected skill resulting from an MIT education.

Episode #28
America’s largest municipal utility

Paula Gold-Williams, president and CEO of CPS Energy, on running the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility.

Episode #27
Climate tech startups

Shreya Dave, CEO of Via Separations, and Johanna Wolfson, principal at Prime Impact Fund, on their paths from studying at MIT to working for and investing in climate tech startups.

Episode #26
Renewable energy trends

Danielle Merfeld, chief technology officer for GE Renewable Energy and corporate officer of GE, on trends in renewable energy technology and clean energy journey.

Episode #25
MIT Clean Energy Prize winners

Nitricity and Harmony Desal on the startup technologies that won the 2020 MIT Clean Energy Prize, the largest and longest-running competition for student clean tech startups.

Episode #24
Corporate climate strategy

Mariko Meier, vice president of marketing at Enel X, on building a career in energy and recent trends in corporate climate strategy.

Episode #23
Energy entrepreneurship

Tod Hynes, senior lecturer in the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, talks success, spinouts, and advice from teaching Energy Ventures.

Episode #22
A decade in energy

How the energy market in the U.S. has changed over the past decade—and lessons related to the COVID-19 pandemic—with guests from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Episode #21
Energy technology evolution

Gökşin Kavlak and Jessika Trancik on their work to explain and forecast energy technology evolution.

Episode #20
Inside the Department of Energy Labs

Brian Anderson, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, on what his lab is doing in carbon capture, materials, hydrogen, and more.


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