Chinese firms dominate top 200 clean energy moneymakers

February 21, 2017 by  
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China is playing a leading role in the corporate clean energy landscape, with almost the double number of U.S. companies in latest rankings .

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Food industry moves to remedy expiration dating games

February 21, 2017 by  
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In a bid to reduce food waste, two major industry associations have released new guidance to clarify food expiration dates.

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Episode 57: Bill Gates bankrolls clean energy; Racial diversity in sustainability

December 16, 2016 by  
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On this week’s podcast: The sustainability perks of city living. Also, the shifting ground of jobs in the transition to a clean energy economy.

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Bill Gates, allies launch $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures

December 12, 2016 by  
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A year on from the Paris pledge to step up clean energy investment, billionaires Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Ma and Vinod Khosla are backing this new fund.

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A new power player at PG&E, Boeing grabs GE’s aviation chief

November 29, 2016 by  
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This month’s Names in the News roundup of green business career moves spans the worlds of utilities, cities, clean energy and more.

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The power of climate-competent boards

November 29, 2016 by  
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Businesses, take heed: You may be the world’s last, greatest hope.

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If Trump won’t step up on climate, cities will

November 29, 2016 by  
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With Washington becoming more hostile to climate action, the nation’s mayors are volunteering to fill the climate leadership vacuum.

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Solar-powered Totem wants to make cities smarter, cleaner, and better connected

November 16, 2016 by  
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Totem Power, Inc. describes their design as the “world’s first energy solution to reimagine and redesign smart utility.” Totem’s potential in steering cities towards cleaner energy lies in its scalable model and its versatile and elegant look designed to complement a variety of settings, from corporate campuses to shopping centers. As a WIFI and 4G hub, Totem also unifies smart energy and connectivity, an important combination that allows the Totem to maintain critical services and communications in the event of grid failure. Related: LA’s new street lamps will keep cell service running after an earthquake “Totem believes design can fundamentally change the world. We’re on a mission to realize the full potential of energy’s transformation by providing communities and corporations with intelligent, experiential and engaging structures – something that delivers powerful functionality and tells an easily understood story about clean energy and the next generation of critical services,” said Brian Lakamp, CEO and founder of Totem Power. “We are building technology for the cities of tomorrow.” The first Totem model is slated for release in summer 2017. + Totem Images via Totem

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Bill Nye the Science Guy backs revolutionary solar company

October 14, 2016 by  
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One of the coolest guys in science, Bill Nye is turning his attention to new solar technology that could cut the cost of panels by 60 percent. Rayton Solar has devised a system that cuts Float Zone Silicon, a crucial component of solar panels, with a particle accelerator. Their groundbreaking technique results in less waste and lower costs, making solar power more financially competitive than fossil fuels . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA8fKlfcA7E Solar panels are largely made with silicon , but the typical process to cut silicon results in a lot of waste. By utilizing a particle accelerator, Rayton Solar uses 50 to 100 times less silicon than other industry processes. As silicon is the most expensive component of a solar panel, Rayton Solar’s process allows them to make solar panels 60 percent cheaper. The type of silicon they cut makes a difference too: Float Zone Silicon is the highest grade and is the type NASA uses. Related: Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels Solar power has benefited from subsidies in the past, but Rayton Solar CEO and founder Andrew Yakub wants to make the renewable energy cost effective without subsidies. With their process, “subsidies are not needed for solar energy to be the cheapest source of energy,” according to the company . In his video discussing Rayton Solar, Bill Nye compared the current pivotal moment in history to that of when oil overtook coal as the primary energy source around 100 years ago. He said, “We stand on the cusp on a new era, in which the paradigm for energy is changing…An opportunity to back a disruptive solar technology represents a path to enabling change to a renewable future, and an investment with very bright economic prospects. Join us as we begin the solar age.” Rayton Solar is currently “testing the waters” on Start Engine ; those interested in their technology can reserve shares so the company can gauge interest. So far the reservations have amounted to over $4 million. + Rayton Solar + Rayton Solar Start Engine Campaign Images via screenshot and Rayton Solar

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Green-roofed Neben development preserves public space in the heart of Gothenburg

October 14, 2016 by  
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In an effort to preserve the public qualities of the Heden area in downtown Gothenburg , Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture designed an underground, mixed-use complex that offers a variety of amenities while maintaining the advantages of open spaces. The project will offer open-air cafes, restaurants, work and retail spaces, sporting facilities, greenery, and an underground car park . The project aims to densify and activate the Heden area expected to become a catalyst for the development of Gothenburg city center. The new functions, nestled underneath a large green roof used for sports, would be interconnected by ramps and walkways . Related: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School A 10-meter-high facade will provide sufficient natural lighting and create a connection with the adjacent boulevard with open-air cafes, greenery and pedestrian areas. Workspaces, stores and restaurants would open up along the street, forming a dynamic, car-free environment. + Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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