ClearFlame Engines: BJ Johnson
The 🚗 Diesel fuel problem, innovation at US national labs, Midwest climate tech ecosystem, reciting The Empire Strikes Back backwards, 🏊♂️ competitive swimming, 🐓 Seachickens and oh so much more!
Fellow Climate Warriors,
This episode I drink 🍹Mamie Taylors with BJ Johnson, Co-founder and CEO of ClearFlame Engines.
Join us as we discuss the significance of solving the 🚗 Diesel fuel problem, how US national labs drive innovation through incubators, the Midwest climate tech innovation ecosystem, the importance of crafting a narrative, reciting The Empire Strikes Back backwards, 🏊♂️ how competitive swimming shaped BJ as an entrepreneur, why Seattle’s football team is called the 🐓 Seachickens and oh so much more!
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🎧 New podcast episode:
BJ Johnson, Co-founder and CEO of ClearFlame Engines on the importance of reducing use of Diesel fuel:
“Globally we’re emitting about 5 Gigatons of CO2 from Diesel engines every year...so you’re looking at about 15% total emissions coming from that fuel in particular.” -BJ Johnson, Co-founder and CEO of ClearFlame Engines.
BJ Johnson (@bj_johnson87) is CEO and Co-founder of ClearFlame Engines (@ClearFlameEng), which is a startup taking the diesel fuel out of the diesel engine for heavy-duty industries. BJ leads business development, fundraising, and strategic planning operations at ClearFlame. BJ received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 2015 while developing the technology used by ClearFlame. At Stanford, BJ was supported by fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) program, and Stanford’s School of Engineering. BJ was also a member of the USA Swimming national team, representing the United States at world championships, and participating as a leader in USA Swimming diversity camps.
🍹 What we drank during the episode: Mamie Taylor
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🧠Greatest Team Ever: The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty of the 1990s
🧠The Empire Strikes Back Soundtrack
🧠Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance
🧠The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
[3:30] Drink of the show
[5:00] Fear is a mind killer
[6:40] Where BJ grew up
[8:30] BJ’s competitive swimming background and what he learned from it
[11:30] Reciting the Empire Strikes Back backwards
[13:00] Starting ClearFlame
[14:00] Why focus on internal combustion engines (ICEs) vs. EVs
[16:00] Hard to electrify part of transportation industry--hint: diesel!
[20:50] Working out of Argonne National Lab/Chain Reaction Innovations
[24:30] Transitioning out of the lab and getting first institutional investment
[25:30] First investors out of Iowa and MidWest ecosystem
[32:00] Crafting the ClearFlame narrative
[40:00] Capturing CO2 from the ethanol productions process
[41:30] 3 books that have impacted the way BJ thinks
[45:30] 3 founders and/or startups BJ loves
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