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Solar energy is one of the technologies that will be an important part of the global transition to renewable energy, however there is another technology that partners perfectly with solar power – wind. Wind energy is more active at the times when solar isn’t at night, cloudy days, and winter months.

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Cities are becoming more densely populated as the global population increases and more people move to cities for jobs. This naturally means that cities will become the place that people spend a majority of their time so we need to ensure that cities are built to support the population. While infrastructure development has historically been controlled almost entirely by the municipal government, my guest for this episode has a different vision.

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Electricity is essential to a country’s development. In developing countries such as Ethiopia, connecting to a nation wide grid is incredibly expensive, and energy infrastructure can be a target for conflict and violence. Duncan Lucas is a civil engineering student attending the University of Calgary and he has been working on bringing electricity to energy impoverished communities in Ethiopia for two years now.

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I had no idea that electric motors consume half of global electricity. I also had no idea how outdated the majority of our motor technology is today. Turntide is changing that. Turntide is a company working on incredible new motor technology that uses much simpler electronics that allow for more versatile and efficient energy use.

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This episode is honestly a really tough listen, but it’s also incredibly important, all about how we’re destroying the planet, and what that actually means for us humans. The thing is though, if you are at all concerned about climate change, you have to know about these consequences. As much as I love the polar bears and having clean forests, climate change is about more than just nature. The effects of climate change will be felt all over the world, regardless of where you live or how far away it seems.

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Energy storage is absolutely essential in order to implement renewable energy on a large scale. Energy storage allows for electricity produced during high production times, to be used in low production times, when the grid may need more energy than it is producing. Konstantin Pushkin, the CEO of AL Technologies may be on to something in his pursuit of aluminum energy storage.

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We need to implement widespread renewable energy, but you might not know that renewable energy projects like solar and wind are already being built around the world, with notable success. Jesse Laine is a renewable energy project director and implementation expert. He tells me about his experience in leading large scale solar plants in California which are now providing sustainable electricity to thousands of homes. We also discuss his work on commercial solar in Ontario and behind the meter energy storage that reduces energy costs for businesses and industry.

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Batteries seem to be one of the biggest barriers to widespread implementation of renewable energy. Right now we primarily use lithium ion batteries, which have served us well for things like personal devices for years now, but they have their issues just like any other technology. The materials used in lithium ion batteries are scarce, expensive, and the opposite of environmentally friendly to extract. So if we are going to use more and more lithium ion batteries, we can’t continue to rely on mining alone to supply the essential materials. That’s where battery recycling and Li-Cycle come in.

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Biden has recently released his American Jobs Plan, which is a $2.3 trillion dollar proposal to reinvent the way that the US operates. This bonus episode goes through what the bill entails and what it means for the future of the US. The Plan has been declared one of the most ambitious climate plans put forth by heavily industrialized countries, even though climate isn’t in the name.

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