The Global Energy Leaders Podcast – Episode 16


If you haven’t heard about the advances in decentralized electric microgrids, it's time to start listening. Dr. Karl Reinhard Kolmsee, CEO of Smart Hydro Power, has been leading the push and is projecting how these systems have the potential to bridge the gap between non-powered communities and the world much sooner than you think. The only real question left is, will big utility accept it or dig in and resist change?


Dr. Karl Kolmsee studied agricultural and philosophy at the Universities of Hamburg and Göttingen, Germany. After his PhD he has spent most of his professional career in the energy business – first as consultant at A.T. Kearney later as manager at E.ON, Europe’s largest private utility, and member of the board at Schmack biogas, one of the pioneers of the biogas market in Europe. In 2009 Karl Kolmsee was nominated professor for energy management at Applied University of Kufstein, Austria. His main areas of academic work are international energy markets and renewable energy. In 2010 he founded Smart Hydro Power to focus on design and commercialization of kinetic pico hydro power systems with main focus on rural electrification for emerging markets like India, Colombia or Nigeria.


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