As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery

May 29, 2020 at 10:36PM The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satelliteContinue reading “As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery”

BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round

May 28, 2020 at 06:33PM Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health andContinue reading “BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round”

Greyparrot bags $2.2M seed to scale its AI for waste management

May 28, 2020 at 10:25AM London-based Greyparrot, which uses computer vision AI to scale efficient processing of recycling, has bagged £1.825 million (~$2.2M) in seed funding, topping up the $1.2M in pre-seed funding it had raised previously. The latest round is led by early stage European industrial tech investor Speedinvest, with participation from UK-based earlyContinue reading “Greyparrot bags $2.2M seed to scale its AI for waste management”

5G, AI, cybersecurity and renewable energy set for investment boost under EU coronavirus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 at 05:21PM The European Commission is proposing to direct billions of euros of financial relief into high tech and green investments to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis. Technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud, cybersecurity, supercomputing and renewable energy look set to benefit from a €750BN pan-EU support package setContinue reading “5G, AI, cybersecurity and renewable energy set for investment boost under EU coronavirus recovery plan”

Oxwash bags $1.7M for a cleaner spin on laundry

May 04, 2020 at 09:00AM Oxwash, a UK-based laundry startup that’s aiming to disrupt traditional but environmentally costly washing and dry-cleaning processes by using ozone to sterilize fabrics at lower temperatures, along with electric cargo bikes for hyper local pick ups and deliveries, has bagged a £1.4 million (~$1.7M) seed. Backers in the funding roundContinue reading “Oxwash bags $1.7M for a cleaner spin on laundry”

Our love of the cloud is making a green energy future impossible

April 25, 2020 at 05:30PM Mark Mills Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Mills is the author of the book, “Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era,” and is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, and a partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund.Continue reading “Our love of the cloud is making a green energy future impossible”

Replacing plastic with plant pulp for sustainable packaging attracts a billionaire backer

April 24, 2020 at 07:22PM In a small suburb of Melbourne, two entrepreneurs are developing a technology that could mean big changes for the packaging industry. Stuart Gordon and Mark Appleford are the co-founders of Varden, a company that has developed a process to take the waste material from sugarcane and convert it into aContinue reading “Replacing plastic with plant pulp for sustainable packaging attracts a billionaire backer”

Google data centers watch the weather to make the most of renewable energy

April 22, 2020 at 08:56PM Google’s data centers run 24/7 and suck up a ton of energy — so it’s in both the company’s and the planet’s interest to make them do so as efficiently as possible. One new method has the facilities keeping an eye on the weather so they know when the bestContinue reading “Google data centers watch the weather to make the most of renewable energy”

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator reboots its incubation program with 16-member cohort

April 22, 2020 at 07:30PM The Los Angeles Cleantch Incubator is rebooting its incubator program and moving from rolling applications to a cohort model beginning with 16 new startups.  Los Angeles’ not-for-profit incubator exchanges sweat equity in the form of services and office space, and the promise of $20,000 in funding for local pilot projects,Continue reading “Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator reboots its incubation program with 16-member cohort”

NASA and Planet expand imagery partnership to all NASA-funded Earth science research

April 16, 2020 at 04:09PM NASA and Planet have deemed their pilot partnership a success, and the result is that NASA will extend its contract with Planet to provide the company’s satellite imagery of Earth to all research programs funded by the agency. NASA had signed an initial contract last April with Planet, to provideContinue reading “NASA and Planet expand imagery partnership to all NASA-funded Earth science research”

Microsoft’s new ‘Planetary Computer’ project will use global environmental data to support sustainability

April 15, 2020 at 06:10PM Microsoft is embarking on a new sustainability initiative as part of its overall approach to support environmental protection measures, with a project it calls the ‘Planetary Computer.’ This will actually be a computing endeavor that uses aggregated global environmental data collected from a number of sources as its input, andContinue reading “Microsoft’s new ‘Planetary Computer’ project will use global environmental data to support sustainability”

Vericool raises $19.1 million for its plant-based packaging replacement for plastic coolers

April 01, 2020 at 12:43AM Vericool, a Livermore, Calif.-based startup that’s replacing plastic coolers and packaging with plant-based products, has raised $19.1 million in a new round of financing. The company’s stated goal is to replace traditional packaging materials like polystyrene with plant-based insulating packaging materials. Its technology uses 100% recycled paper fibers and otherContinue reading “Vericool raises $19.1 million for its plant-based packaging replacement for plastic coolers”

YC graduate Genecis Bioindustries turns food waste into compostable plastics

March 16, 2020 at 03:39PM Unfortunately, the world doesn’t have a constant quantity of problems, and while governments and most private businesses are focused on tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, companies like Genecis Bioindustries are working on technologies to solve another major problem: climate change. For over a decade, sustainability advocates and entrepreneurs have beenContinue reading “YC graduate Genecis Bioindustries turns food waste into compostable plastics”

Zume co-founder goes from pizza to climate-friendly food with $2.7 million in funding

March 12, 2020 at 01:00PM Before leaving SoftBank-backed Zume Pizza in November 2018, co-founder Julia Collins knew what her next move would be: climate-friendly food. Today, Collins is announcing Planet FWD’s  $2.7 million seed round led by BBG Ventures with participation from Cleo Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Kapor Capital and others. What’s unique aboutContinue reading “Zume co-founder goes from pizza to climate-friendly food with $2.7 million in funding”

European lawmakers propose a ‘right to repair’ for mobiles and laptops

March 11, 2020 at 03:40PM The European Commission has set out a plan to move towards a ‘right to repair’ for electronics devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. More generally it wants to restrict single-use products, tackle “premature obsolescence” and ban the destruction of unsold durable goods — in order to make sustainableContinue reading “European lawmakers propose a ‘right to repair’ for mobiles and laptops”

GM reveals an EV for (almost) every purse and purpose

March 07, 2020 at 05:46PM Ed Niedermeyer Contributor Share on Twitter Ed Niedermeyer is an author, columnist and co-host of The Autonocast. His book, Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors, was released in August 2019. More posts by this contributor GM reveals ‘Ultium,’ the heart of its EV strategy Waymo’s UX challenge is gettingContinue reading “GM reveals an EV for (almost) every purse and purpose”

Sustainable microgrids are the future of clean energy

March 04, 2020 at 09:41PM Alex Behrens Contributor Share on Twitter Alex is a research analyst and blogger focused on future technologies in transportation, energy, automation, and decentralization. He has experience in data and operations at Fortune 500 companies and tech startups and has been a regular contributor at Seeking Alpha, Spend Matters, Metal Miner,Continue reading “Sustainable microgrids are the future of clean energy”

Citroën introduces a two-seat EV that costs €19.99 a month

February 27, 2020 at 08:20PM The Citroën Ami is a new take on urban mobility. It’s electric, cheap and doesn’t require a license. In short, it’s less of a car and more of an electric scooter with two seats, doors and a heater. Jokes aside, the Citroën Ami could be a glimpse at the futureContinue reading “Citroën introduces a two-seat EV that costs €19.99 a month”

Panasonic is ending its solar cell partnership with Tesla

February 26, 2020 at 05:18PM Panasonic said it will stop producing solar cells and modules at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, N.Y., ending a four-year joint venture with the electric automaker.  Nikkei Asian Review was the first to report that Panasonic planned to end its production agreement with Tesla . Panasonic has since issued an announcementContinue reading “Panasonic is ending its solar cell partnership with Tesla”

Boom says its supersonic XB-1 aircraft test program will be ‘fully carbon neutral’

February 24, 2020 at 06:21PM Commercial aviation isn’t typically the place to look if you’re after carbon-light initiatives. Jet fuel isn’t generally very green, and airplanes burn a lot of it when traversing the skies. But supersonic flight startup Boom wants to change the perception of commercial aviation as an emissions-costly prospect, starting with theirContinue reading “Boom says its supersonic XB-1 aircraft test program will be ‘fully carbon neutral’”

EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million

February 21, 2020 at 04:41AM Electriphi, a provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles, has joined the scrum of startups looking to provide services to the growing number of electric vehicle fleets in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has just raised $3.5 million in seed funding from investors, including WireframeContinue reading “EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million”

Tesla Model 3 makes Consumer Reports ‘Top Picks’ list for 2020

February 20, 2020 at 06:25PM Tesla’s Model 3 is among the top 10 choices for car buyers in 2020, according to Consumer Reports. The nonprofit organization released its “Top Picks” of the year on Thursday, and it included Tesla’s most affordable vehicle alongside cars from automakers including Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Kia and Lexus. The ModelContinue reading “Tesla Model 3 makes Consumer Reports ‘Top Picks’ list for 2020”

Tesla ramps up solar tile roof installations in US, eyes China and Europe expansion

February 10, 2020 at 07:17PM Tesla appears to be ramping up installations of its solar tile roofs in the San Francisco Bay area and will eventually roll out to Europe and China, according to CEO Elon Musk, who, in a series of tweets, provided the first substantial update since the company launched the third iterationContinue reading “Tesla ramps up solar tile roof installations in US, eyes China and Europe expansion”