Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab have developed a wireless sensor network platform that could revolutionize urban planning, development and management.
Author: Andrew Burger
SunEdison’s acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with SunEdison, corporate-backed VCs, as well as Tesla and SolarCity, are spreading seed capital across a variety of advanced energy storage startups.
Crafted in collaboration with ForestEthics and Greenpeace, 3M’s new pulp and paper sourcing policy establishes a new industry sustainability standard aimed at ensuring “that all the virgin wood fiber going into 3M’s paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect human rights.”
Part of the Rocket Internet Group, Brazil-based e-commerce company Dafiti touts five Latin American cities as emerging hubs for Internet startups. Skeptics question Dafiti’s business strategy and the billions of dollars of capital it has raised.
Used widely in nature, lamination – the deposition of fine layers of materials on top of one another – has long been known as a means of manufacturing stronger, more durable and longer lasting metals. Founded in 2006, Seattle’s Modumetal is applying the process of lamination at nano-scale, enabling engineers to design and fabricate metals with superior performance characteristics and at lower cost than conventional methods.
San Francisco’s RE-volv has raised over $120,000 via three Indiegogo campaigns to finance solar installations among community nonprofits and cooperatives.
BoA, Chevrolet, Clorox, the city of San Francisco and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch were among the recipients of the EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards.
The Marines at Camp Pendleton are the first crop of an expected 200 transitioning service members taking advantage of the pilot phase of a DOE-SunShot Initiative solar jobs training program. The programs grows out of a a similar initiative via which students at U.S. community colleges are obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to land jobs and build careers in the fast growing U.S. solar energy industry.
Having achieved many of its in-house as well as external 2015 sustainability goals two to three years ahead of schedule, Citigroup renewed and expanded on its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible finance and investment by pledging to invest $100 billion to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well sustainable water resource management, transportation and building.
Aiming to forge careers in the U.S. solar industry, six students will receive mentoring and hands-on training from OneEnergy Renewables and Net Impact.
Vanadium-flow batteries offer a much better value proposition than lithium-ion batteries for large-scale energy storage, says Fremont, California-based Imergy.
Off the back of its partnership with BMW and Chargepoint, Volkswagen announced it will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure in the U.S. by 2016.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced $280 million in new Renewable Energy for America Program grants and loans. Two recipients — Arkansas’ Supersave Foods and Maine’s Cozy Acres Greenhouses — gave accounts of how REAP funding enabled them to rebuild and expand their businesses while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.
More than 35 cities, towns and metropolises are participating in Urban-LEDS initiatives with a goal of realizing sustainable, low-emissions urban development. All eight Urban-LEDS “model cities,” as well as several satellites, have completed or are in the final stages of key greenhouse gas emissions inventories.
Two planned projects highlight the benefits of advanced energy storage systems, including reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing efficiency and resiliency of power grids.