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Sustainable Food in the City: 10 Smart Urban Farm Designs

The world’s largest indoor farm has already proven just how amazingly successful food production can be outside of standard agricultural setups, and …

Urban Agriculture

Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst

A new catalyst created by U of T Engineering researchers brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis—a system that, just like plants, …

Chemistry

Turning the promise of solar landfills into reality

<b>Editor's Note:</b> This piece was written by Jesse Grossman, CEO of New Jersey-based solar energy company Soltage. The opinions represented in this piece …

Sustainability

At least 40% of the world's power will come from renewable sources by 2040 — here are the companies leading the charge

The explosive growth of renewable energy has shaken up the energy industry over the last decade.<p>As the costs of solar and wind continue to fall and bottlenecks like storage capacity are diminished, the International Energy Agency predicts that renewable energy will comprise 40% of global power …

A new sulfur-based battery takes on the problem of energy storage “at the terawatt scale”

Renewable energy sources are only as reliable as the natural world that fuels them. A cloud passing overhead cuts off solar power; the wind stops blowing and windmills stop working. In order for us to depend on undependable power sources, we need a grid-sized backup to acts of God.<p>In 2012, …

Clean Energy

IoT And Big Data At Caterpillar: How Predictive Maintenance Saves Millions Of Dollars

When it comes to big data and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives most companies are still in the design or early adoption phases which make it hard to get a solid return on investment (ROI) figures. So it’s refreshing to share a story of an organization delivering real-world ROI for their …

Data Warehousing

3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

Open your mind to the opportunities all around you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Reading was never something I was interested in while attending school. Nor was it something I thought I would ever do again once I graduated. My choices in life after school seemed to …

The world’s first solar panel-paved road has opened in France

At this rate, just about every man-made surface there is could be covered in solar panels in the future.<p>Yesterday, Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small town in northern France, opened what is likely the first road paved in solar panels in the world, the Guardian reported. The road is roughly 1 km (0.6 …

Clean Energy

2.5 million modules make up world's largest solar power plant

Inaugurated in September, the world's largest solar power plant at a single location is online in southern India. With a capacity of 648 megawatts …

14 Books by Billionaires That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Christmas List | Inc.com

Reading is an essential part of any learning process. Books give you an intimate glimpse into the minds of others. They reveal subtleties you may not yet be aware of. So, especially when you're navigating a road as ambiguous as entrepreneurship, it's a good idea to take a page out of the stories of …

Ralph Lauren

One village solved Bangladesh’s unreliable energy grid problem with “swarm electrification”

In Bangladesh, daily power outages are simply expected.<p>Cities like Dhaka and Chittagong experience around two to three hours of “load shedding” every day when residents are deliberately cut off from electricity in a bid to conserve power. And load shedding happens even more often in rural …

Renewable Energy

Silicon Valley aims to conquer the energy sector

Smart technologies like big data, blockchain and the "Internet of Things" are likely to play a big role in the new energy landscape. So, will …

Probabilistic Programming

Probabilistic Programming<p>The programming languages and machine learning communities have, over the last few years, developed a shared set of research …

9 Brutal Truths About Innovation No One Wants to Admit | Inc.com

Everyone sure loves to talk about innovation these days. In fact, it's one of the most frequently discussed terms in today's business environment And yet, in my day job at Firebrand Group I find that there are too many truths regarding innovation that no one likes to discuss.<p>Here are some of the …

Innovation

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Strong leadership is about more than just telling people what to do; it's that rare but inspirational combination of enthusiasm, humility, grace, power, and wisdom.<p>Here are 10 podcast episodes that will help you stand on the shoulders of giants when it comes to developing such qualities. Taken …

Leadership

The 7 Best Books for Entrepreneurs in 2016 | Inc.com

Every year, I select the best books published over the past 12 month in several categories, culminating in my Best Business Books of the Year, which in 2016 will post on December 16th.<p>Today's column provides the best books for entrepreneurs and people who want to start their own businesses. Just to …

Entrepreneurship

Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops

Tesla completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity this week, and, to celebrate, the company has announced a major solar energy project: wiring up the whole island of Ta’u in American Samoa. Previously, the island ran on diesel generators, but over the past year Tesla has installed a …

SolarCity acquisition puts Tesla ahead of the green energy game

Elon Musk claims that Tesla’s new solar tiles will be cheaper than a regular roof<p>A few weeks after Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled its plans for a new line of sleek solar roof tiles, the electric car and battery maker officially became a clean-energy company on Thursday after about 85% of shareholders …

Scientists Accidentally Discovered an Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

Whoops! Figured out how to help revert climate change!<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal</i> …

Ethanol

Alberta, Saskatchewan turn focus to renewable energy

Alberta and Saskatchewan are the new frontier for Canada's renewable energy industry, as the epicentre of green-power development shifts west.<p>Until now, the largest concentration of renewable-energy development has been in Ontario, where the controversial green-energy policies of the Liberal …

How to Retire with Just $500,000 Saved | Investopedia

Many retirees today have not been able to accumulate the $1 million that they had hoped to see in their nest eggs by the time they stopped working. …

Investing

First commercial flight powered by renewable energy takes to skies

A US airline has become the first to make a commercial flight using renewable energy.<p>An Alaska Airlines flight departed from Seattle-Tacoma …

Exclusive - Oil CEOs to unveil renewable energy fund in new climate push | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell (RDSa.L) will join forces to set up an investment fund to develop technologies to cut carbon emissions and promote renewable energy, sources said on Wednesday.<p>Saudi ARAMCO President and Chief Executive Amin H. Nasser speaks …

Fossil Fuels

Solar Power Capacity Tops Coal for the First Time Ever

Solar power now accounts for more installed capacity than any other form of electricity generation, according to new data out Tuesday.<p>“About half a …

Greenland isn’t in a rush to fight climate change because it’s good for the country’s economy

A few dozen kilometers northeast of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital and largest city, a remote power plant is thriving because of the extra water coming from the melt of ancient glaciers.<p>The Buksefjord hydroelectric station is the biggest of five built since 1993 in order to disencumber the country from …

Global Warming

5 Things Entrepreneurs Should Outsource Immediately to Save More Time

Are you an entrepreneur looking to save time and money? Start outsourcing these five things today.<p>The saying goes that entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours to avoid working 40. More often than not, they're also the only people who will try to do everything themselves to save …

5 Books for the Entrepreneurial Soul

Reading books is a cheap and effective way to become a better entrepreneur. Here are some titles you may want to check out.<p>Long before I ever took the plunge into entrepreneurship, folks were always telling me to start my own business - but I was too chicken. No one in my family is an entrepreneur, …

Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation

Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain’s ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.<p>Climate change analysts Carbon Brief found more electricity came from the sun than coal from April to the end of September, in a report that …

Renewable Energy

World's first typhoon turbine could power all of Japan for 50 years

An engineer in Japan is looking for a silver lining in the destructive typhoons that regularly drench the island nation. Atsushi Shimizu has invented …