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Our planet is warming at an unsustainable rate. This climate crisis is being caused by humans and it will take human ingenuity to stop or reverse it... Hardware to Save a Planet explores the technical innovations that are giving us hope in the fight against climate change. Each episode focuses on a specific climate challenge and explores an emerging physical technology solution, with the person bringing it into reality. Hosted by Dylan Garrett, Head of Climate Tech Business at Synapse.
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Welcome to this special episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Joining us today is Natasha Kostenuk, Founder and CEO of Ayrton Energy, a company with the solution to overcome the traditional Hydrogen storage and transportation challenges with their Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC) invention. Join us as we discuss the importance of hydrogen as…
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Welcome to this special episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Joining us today is Troy Helming, Founder and CEO of EarthGrid, a company that uses patented plasma boring technology to dig tunnels that carry power cables from remote clean energy generation points to the grid and onto the end user. Join us as we delve into the world of tunnel-boring m…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Our guest today is Oliver Gunasekara, Co-Founder and CEO of Impossible Metals Inc., a company focused on responsible seabed mining to drive a transition to circularity in mining. Join us as we discuss the controversial topic of deep-sea mining and its potential impact on the environment. Oliver …
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Our guest today is Tom Chi, Founding Partner of At One Ventures, a VC with the mission to invest in companies that work towards a world where humanity has a positive impact on nature. Tom's background includes being an astrophysicist and electrical engineer, developing products at Microsoft and …
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Welcome to this special episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, we are at the Wings Conference in Portland, Oregon, where Dylan is joined by Mike Wietecki of Powin and John Thomas of ESS for a live panel discussion. Both Powin and ESS are engaged in deploying battery energy storage systems on the grid. Join us as we delve into the crucial role…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, we’re looking at the potential of electrifying ships, hauling cargo, and those involved in tourism to cut up to 3% of the emissions of greenhouse gases on water. If cars can go green, why not ships? Joining me today is Marcelino Alvarez, CEO of Photon Marine, a company manufacturing elect…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. To mark our 50th episode, we decided to bring back a few of our earliest guests to talk about all things climate tech, and what has changed since our last chat. Erika Boeing of Accelerate Wind expands on bold new developments in turbine technology; Heirloom’s Noah McQueen shares the opening of H…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, we’re looking at overcoming the environmental challenge of 1.7 million tons of microfibre pollution in our oceans that impacts human health and the ecosystem and biodiversity of the oceans. We do a root cause analysis of the problem, and Adam Root, Founder of Matter., presents a filtratio…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, we’re looking at sustainability and CO2 emissions from the lens of electric RVs and their impact on reducing gas usage. Joining Dylan today is Ben Parker, Co-Founder and CPO of Lightship, America’s first electric recreational vehicle company. Join them as they discuss the development of L…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, Dylan is joined by Keegan Kirkpatrick, Founder and CEO of RedWorks Construction Technologies, a company with a mission to decarbonize the construction industry. Join them as they discuss how RedWorks manufactures bricks on-site using dirt sourced from the construction site, a solution whi…
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Welcome to a very special episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. It’s the first time we will be talking about fusion technology as a solution to the sustainability crisis. Joining Dylan today is Robin Langtry, Co-founder and CEO of Avalanche Energy, a company producing the world’s first fusion microreactor. Join the discussion as they delve into the…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, Dylan is joined by Daniel White, Co-Founder and CEO of Clean Crop Technologies, a company on a mission to get more food onto people's plates with fewer resources. Join the discussion as Daniel unpacks Clean Crop Technologies’ innovative plasma technology to improve crop yields and reduce …
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, Dylan is joined by Rory Brogan, Founder and CEO of Torev Motors, a company that has redesigned the electric motor to be more efficient while reducing the use of harmful rare earth metals to make the motors more sustainable. Join the discussion as Rory unpacks how the Torev Motor is more e…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, we have something special for you. 2023 has been an amazing year of growth for the Climate Tech industry, with a ton of new companies being founded, new funding rounds, purchase agreements, and technology breakthroughs. Amidst all of that, there are more and more people who are not workin…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, Dylan is joined by Andrew Gollach, Principal at HAX, a pre-seed and hands-on venture capital company for Hard Tech startups focused on climate change, sustainability, industrial automation, and human health. Join them as they discuss the challenges of hardware innovation, the importance o…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, Dylan is joined by Josh Silverman, CEO of Windfall Bio, a green company dedicated to eliminating methane from the environment and food production. Join them as they discuss the innovative use of methane-eating bacteria and hardware to tackle global warming. Learn about the economic and cl…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet. Today, Dylan is joined by Chris Anderson, CEO of Vantem, a company that delivers cost-effective, climate-resilient, energy-efficient homes at scale. Chris is based in Greensboro, North Carolina, in America. Join them as they discuss how Vantem's proprietary panel technology simplifies constructi…
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Welcome to this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, today Dylan is joined by Adrien Pages, Co-Founder and CEO of MORFO. Join them as they discuss the importance of reforestation, the challenges faced, and the mission to restore one million hectares of land by 2030. Adrien deep dives on the technology and hardware of MORFO’s solution and the scala…
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Welcome back! Join Dylan and Julian Turecek, CEO of AspiraDAC, on this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet and explore the exciting world of direct air capture (DAC) technology and its potential for CO2 removal from the atmosphere. Julian shares his insights on the energy requirements, challenges, and cost-effectiveness of DAC. Discover AspiraDac'…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan welcomes Vince Romanin, CEO of Gradient, a company that plans to revolutionize the HVAC industry while protecting the environment. Join us as we discuss how window-mounted heat pumps will revolutionize the cooling industry with a climate-friendly solution. Learn how eliminating refrigerants can he…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan welcomes Andrew Gillies, Co-Founder and CTO at Urban Machine, a company focused on converting wood waste into premium lumber products. Join us as we delve into Urban Machine’s sustainability drive of protecting virgin lumber in forests using robots and sustainable power to reclaim and recycle wood…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan welcomes Peter Godart, Co-Founder and CEO of Found Energy, a company that turns aluminum into a source and carrier of carbon-free energy that competes with fossil fuels on price and energy density. Join us as we delve into Found Energy’s innovative approach to generating carbon-free energy while t…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Paul Lambert, Founder and CEO of Quilt, a company making ductless heating systems that use electric heat pumps that don’t burn fossil fuels and cut CO2 emissions by up to 50%. Join us as we delve into home heating and cooling with ductless heat pumps with zero carbon emissions. Discov…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Shely Aronov, Founder and CEO of InnerPlant. This Agritech company turns crops into living sensors for a triple win of improving biodiversity, impacting climate change, and improving agricultural yields. Join us as we cover multiple touchpoints around how addressing agricultural ineff…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Dr. Jane Melia, Co-Founder and CEO of Harvest Thermal, a company providing heating solutions for your home that cuts your carbon footprint by 90% while cutting a third of your energy bill. Join us as we take a closer look at Harvest’s innovative solution that reduces your home's carbo…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Patrick Kiely, CEO of Sentry, a biological activity and water quality monitoring sensor platform. The conversation pivots around improving wastewater treatment in the context of climate change. We discuss the importance of reliable water quality data to optimize the water treatment pr…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Mike Kelland, CEO of Planetary. The company has an award-winning solution to implement Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE) for removing one billion tonnes of atmospheric CO2 by 2045. Join us as we delve into enhancing ocean alkalinity, the potential benefits of reducing ocean acidity, …
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Paul Hillman, CTO at Entocycle, one of the UK’s leading providers of insect farming technology, to provide a sustainable supply of protein. They discuss the potential of using black soldier flies as a sustainable source of protein for animal feed, as well as the importance of working …
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Silvain Toromanoff, Co-Founder and CTO of NeoCarbon. Silvain’s company offers an energy-efficient and scalable solution to use waste heat from millions of cooling towers worldwide to remove atmospheric CO2. Listen to the podcast to learn more about Silvain’s solution, what makes it en…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Luke Shors, Co-Founder of Capture6. This company offers a novel and scalable solution to direct air capture (DAC) for removing atmospheric carbon dioxide. This solution will help move the needle toward the IPCC goal of removing eight gigatons of atmospheric CO2 by 2050. Listen to the …
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by John O’Donnell, CEO of Rondo Energy, a company with the vision to help the world’s most energy-intensive industries achieve zero carbon emissions. The company has developed a patented battery that uses wind and solar power to deliver zero-carbon energy at a lower cost than ever. The R…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Manuela Zoninsein, CEO and Founder at Kadeya. This company offers sustainable solutions by reimagining the entire supply chain of water bottles while pivoting away from single-use plastic bottles. Manuela explains how her company has developed a vending machine that recycles, sanitize…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Doug Woodring, Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance. They discuss the importance of healthy oceans for biodiversity and greenhouse gas reduction, plastic pollution, and how the Ocean Recovery Alliance organization adopts innovative thinking, technologies, creativit…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Ben Chehebar, VP of Hardware at RoadRunner Recycling, and Jason Gates, Senior VP of Strategy at RoadRunner Recycling, for a free-flowing discussion on Ben and Jason’s solution of making waste disposal more sustainable and efficient. The concept was ideated at their start-up Compology,…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Nirav Patel, CEO and Founder of Framework. This startup makes durable laptops that are 100% upgradable and repairable while remaining aesthetically on par with top-of-the-line laptops. A longer use life means lower production volumes and lower CO2 release from the manufacture and dist…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Kim Baker, Senior Director of Innovation at Elemental Excelerator, a non-profit startup accelerator that works with companies at the intersection of climate and social justice, supporting entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and functional prototypes under a square partnership model. K…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Bret Richmond, Director of Engineering at C6 Forest to Farm. They discuss wildfires and their impact on climate change and an intelligent solution that benefits both the planet and agriculture. Bret shares the plan to convert biomass to biochar to sequester carbon and use the biochar …
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Tom Gurski, Founder and CEO of Blue Dot Motorworks, a startup in the sustainability space that has developed technology to convert everyday light vehicles like cars and SUVs to hybrid EVs, thereby yielding a positive impact on climate change and sustainability. Tom Gurski is a mechani…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Devon Wright, Co-Founder and CEO of Lumo, a California-based Agtech company providing an irrigation system that offers a wireless, cloud-managed water valve network, enabling growers to conserve groundwater while improving crop quality and reducing overhead costs. Devon has a successf…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan kicks off 2023 by asking a selection of guests from 2022 a straightforward question, “What advice would you give to someone who wants to do something about climate change?” Dylan then picks out eight of the most inspiring, actionable, relevant responses. Many people are concerned about climate cha…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by two professors from ASU, Dr. Jennifer Blain Christen and Dr. Jesse Senko, to discuss an innovative solution for maintaining biodiversity in our oceans by using technology to reduce fishing bycatch and protect species like sea turtles and whales while supporting the business of fishers…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Robert Sansone, a young innovator, a high school student, and the winner of the prestigious Regeneron ISEF award for best innovation by a high school student. Robert shares his journey of inventing a greener electric motor for electric vehicles that don’t use rare earth magnets. Elect…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Dr. Laura Lammers, Founder and CEO of Travertine. They discuss a novel process for generating carbon-negative sulfuric acid that uses sulfate waste from the industry as an input. Dr. Laura Lammers did her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and has spent many years doing fundamental research to unde…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Claudio Spadacini, Founder and CEO of Energy Dome, to discuss the revolutionary technology Energy Dome develops for large-scale and long-duration grid energy storage. Claudio is an innovator and engineer with a track record of developing disruptive technologies to combat climate chang…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Max Mankin, CTO and Co-founder of Modern Electron, and Mothusi Pahl, Vice President of Business Development at Modern Electron, join Dylan Garrett to discuss an innovative technology that decarbonizes natural gas use by converting gas to clean hydrogen at the point of use without CO2 emissions. Modern E…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Moshiel Biton, CEO and Co-founder of Addionics, to discuss Addionics' 3D battery technology that significantly improves battery performance regardless of the chemistry. Moshiel is a deep technical expert in the field. He did his Ph.D. in material science at Imperial College London wit…
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In today's episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan talks to Insiya Jafferjee about the role Shellworks plays in reimagining sustainable alternatives to plastic use cases. They delve into unique and environmentally beneficial product concepts and designs used by Shellworks to address the issue of plastic waste holistically and contextually. Insi…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Abe Schneider, Co-founder and CTO of Natel Energy, to discuss how the company has developed a new hydropower turbine model, which allows the safe passage of fish in already existing hydropower plants. Abe is a mechanical engineer and fly fisherman. Before Natel, he worked at Timken in…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Paul Gross, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Remora, to discuss the technology behind Remora's new device that captures at least eighty percent of a semi-truck’s carbon emissions directly from the tailpipe. Paul has been named one of “Forbes 30 under 30” for what he’s achieved with Remora, wh…
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In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan is joined by Areeb Malik, Co-founder of Glacier. They talk about what occurs at recycling facilities and how Glacier is enhancing them using AI and robots to help foster a circular economy. Episode resources: Areeb’s LinkedIn Glacier's LinkedIn See a video of the robot in action at the Glacier web…
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