Tierra Climate on Energy Tech Startups

Nada Ahmed

Jason Ethier

This week we sat down with Emma Konet, co-founder and CTO of Tierra Climate to discuss how her startup is decarbonizing the grid by creating a new revenue stream for grid-scale batteries. Tierra Climate has a proprietary algorithm to estimate and certify how batteries can shift power from the grid during periods of low carbon production to supplant producers who are carbon-intensive. They anticipate issuing carbon credits to companies that want to offset their emissions. Emma provides an inside look at how she and her co-founder are building a marketplace to accelerate the energy transition by making batteries an attractive grid asset. She shares insights from her experience in energy trading and the battery industry, fundraising challenges, and key learnings from participating in competitions like the Rice Business Plan Competition. Emma explains how Houston has been an ideal launchpad for Tierra Climate as a hub bridging energy markets and climate solutions.

Key topics covered:
  • How grid-scale batteries help enable renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions
  • Challenges of making batteries economically viable on the grid
  • Creating a new carbon offset methodology for grid batteries
  • Partnering with data providers on emissions factors
  • Getting practical pitch experience through competitions like RBPC
  • Fundraising challenges for hard tech climate startups
  • Building diverse founding teams with complementary skills
  • Navigating energy regulations and carbon verification
  • Houston as a hub for energy innovation
Get in touch: Company Website: www.tierraclimate.com
CEO & Co-founder Jacob Mansfield: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-r-mansfield/
CTO & Co-Founder Emma Konet: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmajohnsonkonet/
Find Emma on Twitter or X? @koneticenergy Her personal website is www.koneticenergy.com
Tierra Climate partners with REsurety, which provides emissions data for the power grid. https://resurety.com/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/resurety/
Whitepaper: Charging Towards Zero: https://www.tierraclimate.com/resources

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