Energy poverty is a global problem, even in economically well-developed countries. People suffering from energy poverty cannot afford to cool or heat their homes, cook for their children, conveniently wash clothes, or even read or study at night. They have to make difficult decisions that most of us never and shouldn’t have to face – do they put food on the table, or save money to keep the lights on and their house or apartment a safe temperature? For these families, crowdsourcing energy presents a unique opportunity.
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Recipients of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s ‘Energy Pioneer’ awards, Greensmith and Stem are pioneering the use of intelligent energy storage systems in the U.S. Integrating diverse renewable and conventional energy generation and advanced energy storage systems, the companies are paving the way toward a smarter, cleaner and more cost-effective energy future.
Geography and economic benefits have dominated Canada’s power grid for years. Now, researchers are calling for a redesign that would allow Canada to upgrade its ailing power structure and improve its green energy. The results of this 20-year endeavor could make Canada a powerhouse in the energy sector. And it could benefit the U.S. as well.
In advance of today’s Twitter chat about STEM Inclusion, I chatted with Sarah Austin (@sarahaustin), former SAP Hacker of the Year, Forbes 30 Under 30, to find out more about why this issue is so important.
In advance of tomorrow’s Twitter chat about STEM Inclusion, I chatted with Alicia Lenze (@alicialenze), Global Head of CSR at SAP, to find out more about the STEM gap and strategies for alleviating it.
Ocean Executive aims to create an electronic trading platform to centralize the seafood marketplace — and bring e-commerce to an old-fashioned industry. The basic idea is to take the current process of seafood sale transactions and place it online — making it more efficient, quicker and better for record keeping. The new platform is a business-to-business marketplace that saves time for both buyer and seller.
While you may not find poultry grown in a petri dish to be appetizing, the benefits of engineering our food could prove to be a solution to agricultural waste and pollution — not to mention hunger alleviation.
As urbanization increases, so does the need for smarter solutions in order to serve the needs of this increased population. Startups are using technology and innovation to sell directly to consumers in order make cities more efficient and sustainable. Meet some of the urbantech startups redesigning cities over the next in the next decade.
There is an economic recovery happening, though it isn’t happening everywhere. Some localities and some skills are seeing much higher levels of job growth than others. Jobs in STEM-related fields grew by 17 percent last year compared to almost 10 percent for non-STEM careers, according to the U.S Department of Commerce. Those are good jobs too, paying 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. But those jobs are primarily going to men.
The grid as we know it typically operates by tapping several different power sources and by keeping some back-up on the side just in case. Oddly enough, it runs with virtually zero storage capacity, but that’s only because large amounts of electricity are difficult to store. This is a technological challenge, to be sure, but that’s only because it’s never been seriously addressed. Until now.
An estimated 140 million cell phones end up in landfills each year. With those cell phones go 4.7 tons of gold (worth $56 million) and 49 tons of silver (worth $8.4 million). And don’t forget the 80,000 pounds of lead, a known neurotoxin, that leach from landfilled electronics into drinking water each year. If we get into certified pre-owned gadgets like we’re getting into car sharing, what could the impact be?
The U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 report is chock full of facts and figures testifying to ongoing growth in global renewable energy investment. Following two years of lower totals, investors plowed over $270 billion into renewable energy in 2014, just 3 percent lower than the record high in 2010.
An embryonic corporate social responsibility (CSR) narrative is glimmering within the mining industry – one with seismic possibilities for international investment to turn the tide against global climate change. As glaciers ebb and crops wither, miners in the Americas, Australia and Africa are beginning to economize with solar, wind and geothermal power where grid electricity is expensive – or non-existent.
“80 percent of the market value of companies is contained in relationships with its stakeholders,” John Friedman, author of “PR 2.0: How Digital Media Can Help You Build a Sustainable Brand,” told TriplePundit. Therefore it’s vital to build a “strong connection between your digital communications strategy and your sustainability efforts.”