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About Matthew Klippenstein

Matthew Klippenstein Matthew Klippenstein is a renewable energy consultant in Vancouver, Canada. He has chronicled the Canadian electric car market for GreenCarReports.com since 2013, and has provided commentary (in English and French) for print, television, radio, web and podcast media. An early guest on "The Energy Transition Show", his work has also been discussed on "The Energy Gang". An occasional contributor to CleanTechnica, he co-hosts our own CleanTech Talk with Nicolas Zart.



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Amazon’s Mighty Wind (Cleantech Talk #38)

October 31st, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Episode 38 of Cleantech Talk kicks off with a discussion of how, while China may be overperforming with its solar panel buildout, those panels are underperforming due to the low air quality there. Which is a polite way of saying that coal-combustion aerosols are reducing solar panels’ electricity harvest -- by up to a third! (Dark aerosols, like soot, tend to absorb light; other aerosols such as sulfates and nitrates, reflect light. In both cases, the aerosols prevent light from reaching solar panels below.)


Batteries by Land, Sea or Air! (Cleantech Talk #35)

October 9th, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Though cars get most of the attention, batteries will participate in our cleantech energy transition on land, in the air and by sea. And in today’s Cleantech Talk, we cover them all. It’s something of a “double-cheeseburger” episode, in that we stretched ourselves around four topics instead of the usual two. Let us know in the comments if you liked the format, and if you have a few minutes, please leave us an iTunes review to make it easier for like-minded folks to find us!


Tesla Model 3 & Nissan LEAF 2.0 Reflections — Cleantech Talk Returns! Again!

September 24th, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Hello again, listeners and readers. After a longer than expected off-season, Cleantech Talk is back! Season 3’s contributions should be a bit more regular than Season 2 was, given that I’ve moved — “pivoted” in Silicon Valley lingo — from my full-time engineering job to communications consulting, specifically to be able to dedicate more time to the podcast and related activities


RE<<C and IPCC Scenario Compression

December 30th, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Q. What will be the most important technological development over the next 10 years that will have the greatest impact in reducing climate change risks? A. RE<

Canada Cancels Coal, Nissan Kiboshes Keiretsu (Cleantech Talk)

December 8th, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Editor's Intro: Nicolas Zart and Matthew Klippenstein recently recorded Cleantech Talk #30 for CleanTechnica. It's an interesting discussion about coal phaseout in Canada, Nissan's sale of 41% of its stake in Calsonic, and Volkswagen's EV transition ... or latest hiccups


We Ain’t Afraid Of No Trump! (Cleantech Talk Returns!)

November 21st, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

After a longer-than-expected summer break, Cleantech Talk is back! With Zachary increasingly busy (alas, ever-expanding cleantech media empires don’t autonomously oversee themselves), this season’s co-hosting duties are now being shared by Matthew Klippenstein and Nicolas Zart


Total’s $1.1 Billion Saft Acquisition & Tom’s BMW i5 — Cleantech Talk #26

May 16th, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

In episode #26 of Cleantech Talk, Matthew and I tackled Tom Moloughney’s vision for the BMW i5, how BMW could potentially compete with Tesla Motors and the Tesla Model 3. We then chatted about a fascinating recent acquisition -- Total's majority control acquisition of Saft -- and the general topic of Total's apparent leadership among oil companies in the transition to clean energy



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