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Invest In The Disruptive Innovation That Matters It’s time to invest in the disruptive innovation that matters. Wal van Lierop, co-founder of cleantech venture capital firm Chrysalix EVC, explains how many Silicon Valley startups and investors are failing to foster innovation in the troubling global trends of our time: energy security and climate change.
NRG Home Solar Expands Operations in California NRG Home Solar is opening two new California offices and will hire more than 100 new employees in order to support its rapidly growing residential solar services in the Golden State. This expansion will build on NRG's energy operations including the recent expansion of the NRG eVgo electric vehicle charging network.
Shweeb's SkySMART Rises Above Gridlock Shweeb-Can plans to re-draw the urban traffic picture centered around their SkySMART system, a personal rapid transit solution consisting of pods suspended from a monorail, powered by renewable energy and human pedal power. Stephen Bieda, Shweeb-Can's VP of Business Development, discusses the SkySMART system and Shweeb-Can's crowdfunding campaign.
Snowtown II Wind Farm to Power 180,000 Homes The second stage of South Australia's largest wind farm was officially launched yesterday, ahead of time and under budget. Snowtown II consists of 90 Siemens 3.0 MW wind turbines, producing around 989 GWh per year, roughly equivalent to the power required by 180,000 homes.
Electric Car Pledge - Making A Difference It's unusual to see an electric car on the road today. That may soon change if Ollie Danner, founder of the Electric Car Pledge, has his way. We spoke with Ollie and asked him to tell us what it will take to make electric cars our primary mode of transportation.
Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Map Democratization of energy and finance now go hand in hand, thanks to crowdfunding. The Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Map depicts the facts that you need to know. From top projects and platforms to the amount of money raised to world records, the info-graphic shows us the magnitude of what crowdfunding renewables can achieve.
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Where Do You Plug In? One of the biggest challenges facing the wider adoption of electric vehicles is the charging infrastructure. Where do you plug in? With limited battery range and charge times of a half hour or more for even the most powerful chargers, it's crucial that charging facilities be plentiful and readily accessible.
The Top 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms One of the biggest challenges to widespread change in the constantly evolving renewable energy industry has always been finance. Now, the emerging finance method of crowd funding offers a new way to provide energy and monetary benefits to investors and democratize energy in the true sense.
Community Renewable Energy: Success Despite Challenges The WindShare project in Toronto is a clear demonstration of the viability of community renewable energy. Nevertheless, the co-op model, as applied to renewable energy, is not without its challenges. We spoke with James Law, Services Manager with TREC, about those challenges and the potential of community renewable energy.
Community Renewable Energy: Strength In Numbers It seems that everywhere you look you see rooftop solar arrays. Many of these share their power with their neighbors through the local utility grid in return for a feed-in-tariff. If your circumstances don't permit having your own renewable energy system, you may want to consider a community project.
Calyx Reaches New Heights With Carinata-based Biojet Fuel Calyx Bio-Ventures is working to produce renewable bio aviation fuels using a carefully bred strain of Carinata, a non-food biofuel feedstock and animal feed. We spoke with Calyx President and CEO, Don Konantz, about the crop and the prospects of biofuel for aviation.
Electrification, Consumer Empowerment, and Power Grid Reform Keys to New Energy Future ENE, a leading non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative environmental policies, today released "EnergyVision: A Pathway to a Modern, Sustainable Low Carbon Economic and Environmental Future," which provides a framework for adopting a fully integrated and low carbon energy system -- based on data from the Northeast that is applicable on a national level.
Tucson Airport Solar Parking Canopy Captures Sun And Creates Shade The first phase of a 2.5 megawatt solar parking canopy has gone online at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona, offsetting about a fifth of the terminal complex's total power needs. Tucson enjoys about 284 days a year of either sunny or partly sunny skies, making it an ideal location for this project.
Practical Solar Beyond The Grid Ask the average consumer the role solar power plays in their lives and they'll likely mention multi-megawatt light-up-a-city grid-scale solar farms, or rooftop photovoltaic panels, or -- more likely -- the little solar powered moon lights they've placed along their front walkway. But solar power can be found in any number of practical applications.