innovation

Solving Wicked Problems Poses New Challenges in Today’s Funding Environment

Government spending on R&D as a percentage GDP peaked at 2.9 percent in 1964, and corporate R&D funding now represents 65 percent of…

Columbia Scientist Discovers Plastic-Based Energy Storage Solution

Smaller, lighter, cheaper electric vehicle batteries could result from a new manufacturing process that eliminates an energy storage "hiccup."

Materials Innovation Leads to More Sustainable Products

Material science plays an increasingly significant role in product development as businesses focus on sustainability.

How ‘Green Giants’ Use Sustainability To Grow Sales

In her recent book "Green Giants," Freya Williams identifies six factors common to companies with at least a billion dollars in annual green…

The Reusable Space Rocket and Other 21st-Century Accomplishments

One of the first challenges identified by the international space community was the need for a reusable spacecraft. NASA got things started. And…

Solar Cell Innovation Shines a Clean Power Spotlight on Arkansas

An Arkansas startup partnered with the global solar powerhouse Yingli to bring a new low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell to the marketplace. And that's…

6 Ways to Turn Your Corporate Philanthropy Into a Long-term Relationship

Single days of volunteer service are exciting, impactful and inspiring. But after a year or two of the ‘one and done’ volunteer events,…

The Clean Tech Electricity Future

The 21st-century grid has the potential to be a lower-cost, lower-emissions and higher-reliability solution. And large utilities are ushering in the next generation…

Energy Needs More Panels, Blades and Software — Not a Miracle

The renewable technology stack is strong, with decades of iterations producing reliable and cost-competitive products. Let's deploy more of them, not try to…

3p Weekend: Innovative Reuse Can Solve Our Waste Problem

To examine how innovative reuse and recycling can address our growing waste problem, we broke down America's largest waste streams and highlighted company…

Utilities Fighting Lower Electric Bill Zombie Apocalypse

Increasingly, clean technologies like solar, batteries and smart appliances are costing less due to global growth in manufacturing economies of scale plus technical…

China’s Straddling Bus Slams into a Great Wall of Ridicule

Shortly after it completed its test run in the city of Qinhuangdao, publications began to question the viability of China's futuristic 'straddling bus.'

Why the White House is Counting on Energy Storage

Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer of Sunrun, looks to the future of energy storage in light of the recent White House commitment on…

Carbon XPrize Announces Entries Vying for $20 Million in Prizes

The Carbon XPrize is a five-year competition that seeks to convert carbon emissions into successful, profitable and useful products. Nearly 50 organizations from…

Data Communications and The Revolution in the U.S. Electric Grid

A revolution is underfoot in which each utility customer has the potential to become its own mini-power plant and a supplier of electricity.