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Rivian and ‘Free Solo’ star Alex Honnold team up to build solar microgrid with used EV batteries

June 14, 2019 at 05:59PM Rivian, the once secretive company that made its public debut in November with an electric pickup truck and SUV, plans to give its batteries a second life and put them to work in a solar microgrid project in Puerto Rico. The automaker is teaming up with The Honnold Foundation, an… Continue reading Rivian and ‘Free Solo’ star Alex Honnold team up to build solar microgrid with used EV batteries

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Zume buys packaging company, with eyes on plant-based plastic alternative

June 13, 2019 at 05:00PM Zume Inc. (they of the robotic pizza) has acquired Southern California-based Pivot, designer of plant-based packaging material. Along with the deal, Zume will be opening up a 70,000 square foot manufacturing plant in the area. Zume notes that it has actually been in the food packaging industry in one form… Continue reading Zume buys packaging company, with eyes on plant-based plastic alternative

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Tesla says solar roof is on its third iteration, currently installing in 8 states

June 11, 2019 at 11:33PM Tesla is currently installing its solar roof product in eight states, according to Elon Musk, speaking at the Tesla Annual Shareholder Meeting on Tuesday. The solar roof-tile project has had a relatively long genesis since being unveiled three years ago, in 2016. In 2017, the company claimed its first-ever installations… Continue reading Tesla says solar roof is on its third iteration, currently installing in 8 states

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Embraer’s new EmbraerX eVTOL concept is accessible, autonomous and courteous

June 11, 2019 at 02:56PM Short-distance commuter air travel has come a long way in the past few years – at least when it comes to concepts. The latest vision of how we’ll get around in the city skies of the (near?) future from Embraer evolves some of what we’ve already seen, and highlights a… Continue reading Embraer’s new EmbraerX eVTOL concept is accessible, autonomous and courteous

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Google offers new treasure trove of air quality data to researchers

June 05, 2019 at 08:45PM Google has employed its network of street-view vehicles to also measure street-level air quality in recent years, through an initiative it calls “Project Air View.” Today, it’s making available to scientists and researcher organizations more of the resulting data from that ongoing initiative. The company is releasing an updated version… Continue reading Google offers new treasure trove of air quality data to researchers

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KLM Airlines wants to help build a more efficient jet with in-wing seating

June 04, 2019 at 06:33PM Air travel accounts for a significant chunk of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, and the amount of air travel has risen steadily over the past few decades, with emissions from aviation predicted to grow significantly through 2020 and beyond. Electric passenger planes are in the works, but unlikely to… Continue reading KLM Airlines wants to help build a more efficient jet with in-wing seating

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‘Weirdo’ Fintech VC Anthemis marches to its own drummer

May 30, 2019 at 05:05PM Entering into the world of Anthemis is a bit like stepping into the frame of a Wes Anderson film. Eclectic, offbeat people situated in colorful interiors? Check. A muse in the form of a renowned British-Venezuelan economist? Check. A design-forward media platform to provoke deep thought? Check. An annual summer… Continue reading ‘Weirdo’ Fintech VC Anthemis marches to its own drummer

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Fintech and clean tech? An odd couple or a perfect marriage?

May 30, 2019 at 05:04PM The Valley’s rocky history with clean tech investing has been well-documented. Startups focused on non-emitting generation resources were once lauded as the next big cash cow, but the sector’s hype quickly got away from reality. Complex underlying science, severe capital intensity, slow-moving customers, and high-cost business models outside the comfort… Continue reading Fintech and clean tech? An odd couple or a perfect marriage?

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These ‘microbe-grown’ headphones could be the future of sustainable electronics

May 26, 2019 at 06:31PM The culture of planned obsolescence in electronics produces a huge amount of toxic waste unlikely to go anywhere but a landfill for the next millennium or so. Nature produces some of the strongest and most versatile substances we’ve ever encountered, so why not use them instead? That’s what Finnish design… Continue reading These ‘microbe-grown’ headphones could be the future of sustainable electronics

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This is one smart device that every urban home could use

May 25, 2019 at 06:00PM Living in a dense urban environment brings many startup-fuelled conveniences, be it near instant delivery of food — or pretty much whatever else you fancy — to a whole range of wheels that can be hopped on (or into) to whisk you around at the tap of an app. But… Continue reading This is one smart device that every urban home could use

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Generation closes $1B growth fund targeting sustainable startups

May 21, 2019 at 01:00PM Generation Investment Management, the firm co-founded by environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore, was built on the premise of backing sustainable startups. Now, as the idea of sustainability starts to gain wider traction, the firm is doubling down on the concept. Today, Generation is announcing that it has closed… Continue reading Generation closes $1B growth fund targeting sustainable startups

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Market map: the 200+ innovative startups transforming affordable housing

May 13, 2019 at 09:24PM Daniel Wu Contributor Dan Wu is a privacy counsel and legal engineer at Immuta. He holds a JD from Harvard University, and is a PhD candidate for Social Policy and Sociology at The Harvard Kennedy School. More posts by this contributor Innovations in inclusive housing How to save the third… Continue reading Market map: the 200+ innovative startups transforming affordable housing

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Innovations in inclusive housing

May 13, 2019 at 09:24PM Daniel Wu Contributor Dan Wu is a privacy counsel and legal engineer at Immuta. He holds a JD from Harvard University, and is a PhD candidate for Social Policy and Sociology at The Harvard Kennedy School. More posts by this contributor Innovations in inclusive housing How to save the third… Continue reading Innovations in inclusive housing

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Scalable, low cost technologies needed to repair climate, Cambridge professor suggests

May 10, 2019 at 10:18AM Cambridge University has proposed setting up a research center tasked with coming up with scalable technological fixes for climate change. The proposed Center for Climate Repair is being co-ordinated by David King, an emeritus professor in physical chemistry at the university and also the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser.… Continue reading Scalable, low cost technologies needed to repair climate, Cambridge professor suggests

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Despite declines for the quarter, Tesla is bullish on its overall energy business

April 24, 2019 at 11:26PM Even as its solar business declined in step with its overall earnings, Tesla is bullish on the prospects for the energy side of its business over the course of the year. The energy business is an unheralded part of Tesla — overshadowed by its headline-grabbing (and much larger) auto exploits… Continue reading Despite declines for the quarter, Tesla is bullish on its overall energy business

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Corporations and private investors are backing new ‘green’ deals as climate worries mount

April 22, 2019 at 02:33PM In the nine years since private equity and venture capital investments into sustainable technologies last crossed the $6 billion threshold, the problems caused by global carbon emissions have only intensified. Now, as the world confronts the reality that there’s not much time left to reverse course on carbon emissions and… Continue reading Corporations and private investors are backing new ‘green’ deals as climate worries mount

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EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program

April 17, 2019 at 05:00PM EAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Taro’s business model worked by shipping pre-made meals directly to consumers. With the acquisition, however, Taro will no longer serve… Continue reading EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program

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Sila Nano’s battery tech is now worth over $1 billion with Daimler partnership and $170 million investment

April 16, 2019 at 11:00PM Sila Nanotechnologies and its battery materials manufacturing technology are now worth more than $1 billion. The company, which announced a $170 million funding led by Daimler and a partnership with the famed German automaker, started building out its first production lines for its battery materials last year. That first line… Continue reading Sila Nano’s battery tech is now worth over $1 billion with Daimler partnership and $170 million investment

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New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in US since last year

April 16, 2019 at 01:32AM Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That… Continue reading New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in US since last year

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MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

April 03, 2019 at 10:08PM The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is here.… Continue reading MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

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Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough

April 02, 2019 at 10:00PM Lindsey Allen Contributor Lindsey Allen is executive director of Rainforest Action Network. The Green New Deal brings much-needed urgency to the national conversation around the climate crisis, which is without a doubt the biggest threat to life on this planet. The recent resolution introduced into Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… Continue reading Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough

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Ocean drone startup merger spawns SoFar, the DJI of the sea

March 27, 2019 at 07:22PM What lies beneath the murky depths? SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive wants to help you and the scientific community find out. He’s just led a $7 million Series A for SoFar Ocean Technologies, a new startup formed from a merger he orchestrated between underwater drone maker OpenROV and sea sensor developer… Continue reading Ocean drone startup merger spawns SoFar, the DJI of the sea

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Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

March 22, 2019 at 09:05PM Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d… Continue reading Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2