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Bret Kugelmass

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Nuclear: an old new solution? Interview with Bret Kugelmass

Sustainability Explored

What is nuclear energy? Can nuclear reverse climate change and suggest a sound solution to net negative carbon? What makes nuclear safe and dangerous at the same time? These and other questions are discussed with Bret Kugelmass, a managing director of Energy Impact Center in the US. Our social media profiles: Website: http://annachashchyna.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annachashchyna/ & https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainability-explored/ Fb group: https://www.facebook.com/nozhki Medium: https://medium.com/@SustainabilityExplored Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/sustainability-explored/id1466177546 Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy85MTA1OTYwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Leave a review: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sustainability-explored-1000714


9 Dec 2019

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BECBC Shadow Board Podcast | Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director - Energy Impact Center | 2019

BECBC: Where Energy meets Business

Recorded at the Global Reach 2019 Conference, listen as Alex Grainger and Adam Pearson chat to Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director of US-based Energy Impact Center. Bret is also host of the Titans of Nuclear Podcast.  Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) is a private sector led organisation, with over 300 members from SMEs to global companies with business interests in West Cumbria. BECBC member benefits include networking, promotion, knowledge sharing, specialist sector groups and relationship development with key stakeholders in the supply chain and Cumbrian economy. For more info visit: www.becbusinesscluster.co.uk


19 Nov 2019

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Bret Kugelmass: Misconceptions About Nuclear Energy

The Energy Talk

This week on the podcast, Bret Kugelmass - Host of the Titans of Nuclear podcast and Managing Director of the Energy Impact Center - will be guiding us through our first conversation about Nuclear Energy! In this episode, we learn about the ups and downs in the development timeline of nuclear energy and correct some common misconceptions that have formed over the years about the largely misunderstood energy source.  _ Find out more about Bret and the work he is doing: https://www.energyimpactcenter.org/ You can also connect with him on LinkedIn here Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheEnergyTalk. You can get in touch with us via email: energytalkpodcast@gmail.com _ Special thanks to Jensen for providing the music used in this episode, you can find out more about his work here or with the link below.  theenergytalk.mystrikingly.com/blog/podcast-music.


11 Nov 2019

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Interview with Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director at Energy Impact Center

Climate Change with Scott Amyx

Interview with Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director at Energy Impact Center


7 Oct 2019

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36. Reversing Climate Change with Nuclear Power - Bret Kugelmass

The POWER Podcast

Reversing Climate Change with Nuclear Power.According to the Energy Impact Center, a Washington, D.C.-based research institute focused on deep decarbonization, CO2 emissions “must go net-negative by 2040, globally across all energy sectors” to begin countering climate change. The only way it sees to accomplish this is to “produce energy inexpensive enough to make carbon negative fuels that compete with fossil fuels on a global market without tax or subsidy,” and it says nuclear fission is the only energy source that can match cost, deployment, and timeline constraints.Bret Kugelmass, managing director of the Energy Impact Center, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He elaborated on his group’s thesis and offered a path forward.“I think the problem that often goes unacknowledged is that even if you went net-zero emissions across the globe in every single sector—agriculture, industry, heat, electricity, transportation—that wouldn’t be enough to stop climate change,” Kugelmass said. “The real challenge toward solving climate change is to remove all of the existing emissions as well—get us back to the levels that we had in 1750, under 300 ppm—only then are you going to prevent climate change.“If you look at the problem from that perspective, the only energy source that has a small enough carbon footprint to totally account for its lifecycle emissions is nuclear energy,” said Kugelmass.“The one issue is how do we build them cheap and fast, and how do we create an ecosystem of stakeholders, whether they be construction companies, customers, utilities, governments, whoever it is, that is focused on that one thing?” Kugelmass asked. He said the Energy Impact Center has worked with universities, the Department of Energy, utilities, and think tanks to develop partnerships dedicated to solving the issues.


18 Jul 2019

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Ep 13: Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director at the Energy Impact Center

My Climate Journey

In this episode, I interviewed Bret Kugelmass, the Managing Director of the Energy Impact Center. We covered a number of topics, including Bret’s background and what led him to focus so passionately on nuclear, his atypical entry point and tremendously successful podcast, the work he is doing at Energy Impact Center, and his ultimate vision for what Energy Impact Center can become and the mark he wants to leave on the world. Out of all of the people I’ve met so far in my journey, Bret is the closet to my spirit animal - recovering technology entrepreneur looking to work on something more purposeful, concerned about climate change, deep dive into climate brought him to nuclear, and had many discussions and started a podcast on his quest to enter this new field without a historical background in it. Bret put out some pretty bold, controversial viewpoints. Definitely thought provoking, and whether you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing, a worthwhile listen, for sure. I would love to hear your thoughts after listening to the episode. His bio here: Bret Kugelmass is an American technology entrepreneur who's turned his focus to climate and energy advocacy. One the early pioneers in commercializing drones (Airphrame - acq. 2017) for environmental surveys and emergency response he's experienced first-hand market growth within complex technical, regulatory, and public opinion framework. He received his Masters in robotics from Stanford and his earlier work includes designing a lunar rover controller for NASA, a concept electric car for Panasonic, and automating solar manufacturing processes for Nanosolar. Motivated by the climate crises he moved to DC to set up a research initiative (Energy Impact Center) focused on exploring nuclear power and its role in deep decarbonization. He also hosts a podcast (Titans of Nuclear) where he’s conducted hundreds of audio interviews with experts throughout the nuclear sector communicating to a tech savvy and environmentally concerned audience the unique complexities and benefits of the technology. In this episode, Bret and I discuss: Bret’s background and what caused him to join the climate fight His journey talking to scientists and experts and the three a-ha moments that led to his focus on nuclear Bret’s view on the single only solution to climate change A deep dive into the world of nuclear including a line by line rebuttal of all the common concerns with nuclear energy and reactors Bret’s ultimate goal and definition of success with his work I hope you enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and provide suggestions for future guests or topics you'd like to see covered on the show. Links for topics discussed in this episode: Bret Kugelmass: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bkugelmass Titans of Nuclear: https://www.titansofnuclear.com/ Fukushima: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster Bret Kugelmass’s Lecture Series on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgTfjKxO_dTeFNOjWZXUCM0ghpDBVc2oO


24 Jun 2019

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Ep 100: Bret Kugelmass, Energy Impact Center / Titans of Nuclear

Titans Of Nuclear | Interviewing World Experts on Nuclear Energy

In this episode we discuss... Bret’s background in robotics and his first company Airphrame, an unmanned aerial imaging service Bret’s interest in climate and energy and how he came to enter the nuclear industry Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Discipline Dwight Eisenhower’s important role in setting the tone for nuclear energy Titans of Nuclear and Bret’s mission to positively shape public perception surrounding nuclear technology A behind the scenes look at Titans of Nuclear and the experts Bret interviews How nuclear politics, economics, and perspectives vary around the world The International Atomic Energy Agency and its role in guiding prospective nuclear countries Nuclear’s incredible energy density and lack of emissions compared to other energy sources Ways we can make nuclear more accessible and how Bret works to do that with Titans of Nuclear The benefits of healthy competition in the nuclear world The future of Titans of Nuclear and how Bret aims to help the nuclear industry through the podcast and other entrepreneurial avenues


15 Oct 2018

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Ep. 00 - Bret Kugelmass introduces "Titans of Nuclear"

Titans Of Nuclear | Interviewing World Experts on Nuclear Energy

Host, Bret Kugelmass, introduces his nuclear energy themed podcast explaining his motivations around climate change.


8 Jan 2018