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Black female founder raises $7 million for renewable energy tech startup

I’d like to tip my imaginary hat off to Jessica O. Matthews, the black female founder and CEO of renewable energy tech startup Uncharted Play. Her company just closed a $7 million Series A round led by the NIC Fund with participation from Kapor Capital, Magic Johnson Enterprises, BBG Ventures and …

Unable To Compete On Price, Nuclear Power On The Decline In The U.S.

Renewable energy and new technologies that are making low-carbon power more reliable are growing rapidly in the U.S. Renewables are so cheap in some parts of the country that they're undercutting the price of older sources of electricity such as nuclear power.<p>The impact has been significant on the …

Energy

Europe has adopted clean energy with so much gusto that it's created a strange new problem

Last year, developing countries — including China, India, and Mexico — invested more in renewable energy than developed ones, including the US and those in Europe.<p>This is according to a UN-backed report released on March 24.<p>Part of the reason for this switch was because of enormous investment in …

Renewable Energy

$2 Billion Loss for Generators as a Million U.S. Roofs Get Solar

Rooftop solar is casting a $2 billion shadow over power generators across the eastern U.S.<p>With more than a million U.S. houses set to have solar …

Twisty fusion reactor goes online after 19 years of work

Germany just took fusion power one big, important step forward. The country's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics has just switched on Wendelstein 7-X, the first large fusion reactor based on a twisty stellarator design. It's only producing hydrogen plasma at the moment and won't actually …

From India to Paris: Fighting Climate Change Can Also Help Fight Poverty and Injustice

Climate change is a global challenge that threatens all of us. But right now, it is hitting some communities harder than others. As leaders huddle in Paris to craft a universal agreement for stronger action on climate change, the Indian city of Chennai is recovering from record-breaking storms that …

Climate

When will the world wake up to the potential of poo power?

A simple machine can convert human waste to electricity and fertilisers. It is time to rethink how we treat this valuable resource<p>Ta Quang Nha is a Vietnamese rice farmer, pig breeder, builder and fisherman. But for several months now he has also been running a power station from his home on the Ca …

Sustainability

No comeback in sight for coal as slowing China goes green

A few years ago, Chinese coal demand wasn't expected to "peak" until halfway through next decade, a trajectory which unsettled environmental …

What will we be driving in the future? Electric vs. hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

“It drives like a regular car, operates like a regular car. You can refuel in three to five minutes and, you know, do 350 miles on a trip,” says Craig Scott, Toyota’s national manager for advanced technologies in the US.<p>Scott is overseeing the US release of the Mirai, Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell …

Panasonic develops most efficient solar panel ever with 22.5% sunlight conversion

We’ve reported a lot this year on the ever-dropping price of solar power technology, but the other incredibly cool thing happening is the steady …

India To Simplify Inter-State Transmission Of Renewable Energy

<b>Published on</b> October 12th, 2015 | <i>by Smiti</i><p>25<p>October 12th, 2015 by <b>Smiti</b><p>The Indian Government is looking to reduce the regulatory hurdles in achieving …

Renewable Energy

‘West polluted world’ for 150 years, and India says it won’t pay

“You made the mess—you clean it up” may well be India’s attitude at the coming international climate-change talks in Paris.<p>“It’s the West which has …

Turning Adversity into Opportunity: Ghettos and Slums as Hotbeds of Green Innovation

I recently gave a TEDx talk on Mastering TAO. Not TAOism in terms of Eastern philosophy—although, in some ways, yin and yang are a part of it—but in …

Renewable Energy for All: How an Indian Village Was Electrified

Let's accept it. Climate change is a reality and current and future generations are up against the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. Yet some people believe that there is a trade-off between combating climate change and delivering development for the people. Around this year's Earth …

Tesla And Energy Storage: The Race To Power The Future

What if there were a way to modernize the nation’s energy grid while also helping bolster renewable energy production? According to Tesla’s innovative mastermind, Elon Musk, the development of massive batteries, which store energy produced from renewable resources, could become a reality within the …

Clean Energy

Will Africa turn to solar – or remain stuck in fossil fuels?

Six of the world’s sunniest countries on earth are on the African continent. But with the notable exception of South Africa, Morocco and a few …

Renewable Energy

Energy efficient 'smart cities' to be our future?

Smart eco cities are in development to help house the world's growing urban population<p>South <b>Asian</b> and <b>African</b> urban populations are set to double to 3.5bn in the next 20 years, said Atkins CEO, Dr. Uwe Kruger.<p>In order to support the world's growing urban population, <b>energy efficient</b> 'smart cities' are …

The real geopolitical energy crisis is 'energy poverty'

This is an important step in firmly placing the issue of energy poverty into the cannon of geopolitical security and foreign policy.<p>While energy poverty and a lack of access to energy services by billions of people is typically considered, and thus treated, as a development issue, it needs to also …

Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis - Accelerating the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy

and<p>In Its Coal-Industry Analyses, a Federal Agency Seems Oblivious to Reality<p>The Energy Information Administration, the federal agency responsible …

Fossil Fuels

Low cost OffGrid solar energy.

I moved OffGrid almost two years ago (it will be two years this spring).I needed an inexpensive but reliable solar power for my house. My first …

Clean Energy

Why don’t the markets favour energy innovation?

The world needs a lot of energy. Global energy demand is expected to increase by 37% percent over the next 25 years, according to the International …

Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy

Costa Rica is running without having to burn a single fossil fuel, and it’s been doing so for 75 straight days.<p>Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and …

Renewable Energy

The 100% Renewable Energy Nuclear Option, Part 1

<b>It is time for the world to get serious about renewables, by formally recognising that nuclear energy is one in all ways that matter.</b><p>This idea, which …

Renewable Energy Growth Mitigates Climate Change While Boosting Economy, IEA Reports

The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced this month that 2014 carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector leveled off—the first time in 40 …

Nuclear in Australia: Through a New Prism

<b>The entrenched Australian anti-nuclear narrative has crumbled: a federal senator proposes a bold plan for a next-generation nuclear industry in South</b> …

Nuclear Energy

SunEdison's Next Market: Solar Minigrids and Micropower Stations for the Energy Poor

The leading renewable energy developer expands deeper into emerging markets.<p>In a conference room in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, large screens …

Climate Change Will Hit America in the Breadbasket, Scientists Say

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Climate experts have seen the future of America's breadbasket — and from their perspective, it doesn't look pretty.<p>"I don't want to be a wheat farmer in Kansas in the future," said Harold Brooks, a senior scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, …

Climate Change

European Countries Leading the Way Towards Clean Energy

February 26, 2015<p>Science has spoken, and the evidence is real. Climate change is happening, and it’s on track to spin out of control. Phasing out …

Renewable Energy

Pay-as-you-go solar power takes off in Africa

In Kenya the cell phone is being used to transform the way that people consume energy. M-KOPA Solar – the word 'kopa' is Swahili for 'borrowed' – is …

Solar Power