renewable energy

  • How Solar Software Can Save The World Crunch Network

    How Solar Software Can Save The World

    VCs have avoided solar deals ever since Solyndra became a four-letter word. But while their attention has strayed, the industry has been on a tear. In 2010, U.S. solar installers hit a milestone of 1 GW per year. Five years later, they’re installing more than 1 GW per month. This tremendous growth has fed a swelling herd of solar unicorns populated by the likes of SolarCity… Read More

  • It’s Your Fault If The Paris Climate Agreement Fails Crunch Network

    It’s Your Fault If The Paris Climate Agreement Fails

    In Paris, world leaders debated how much global CO2 emissions could be reduced, who would pay for it and how could they trust each other to follow through. This top-down, regulatory approach to addressing a highly distributed problem is a necessary but insufficient step to make a dent in rising global temperatures. Policies and international treaties are important to address climate change… Read More

  • Saudi Arabian Startup NOMADD Looks To Clean Up Solar Energy Production Crunch Network

    Saudi Arabian Startup NOMADD Looks To Clean Up Solar Energy Production

    In Saudi Arabia, a country known more for its vast oil reserves than its commitment to renewable energy, a small startup called NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions has developed a new way to clean up the process of solar energy production — literally. Even the Saudi kingdom realizes that despite the attractively low prices of fossil fuels, solar energy is gaining momentum. Solar panels are… Read More

  • SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

    SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

    Solar panels promise a lot – a cleaner, cheaper, renewable energy source, harnessed from the abundant rays of the sun. But the technology created to pull in that sun power can only go so far per square foot, depending on the panel. SolarCity, the sun-powered startup founded by Elon Musk’s cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive, announced today that it has created the world’s most… Read More

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    Synthetic Biology Is Not Just Good, It’s Good For You Crunch Network

    Synthetic Biology Is Not Just Good, It’s Good For You

    Synthetic biology (synbio for short) is a term that circulates freely through the tech world, but what exactly does it mean? It inspires both excitement and concern, depending on application and context. To advance uses of synthetic biology we need to promote better understanding of what these technologies mean, and how they can be used to improve the world around us in new and exciting ways. Read More

  • Apple Expands Its Renewable Paper And Energy Initiatives To China

    Apple Expands Its Renewable Paper And Energy Initiatives To China

    Apple will extend several of its environmental projects in China, one of its fastest-growing markets. These initiatives include a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect forests used in the production of paper packaging for Apple items, as well as an effort to increase the use of renewable energy in factories that supply Apple components. Read More

  • CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation. A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Read More

  • Amazon Invests In 150MW Indiana Wind Farm To Power Its Data Centers

    Amazon Invests In 150MW Indiana Wind Farm To Power Its Data Centers

    Amazon today announced that it is working with the Pattern Energy Group to construct and operate a 150 megawatt wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. The new wind farm will go online in about a year and the expectation is that it will supply at least 500,000 megawatt hours of wind power annually. That’s enough to power about 46,000 U.S. homes, but the “Amazon Web Services Wind… Read More

  • SoftBank Invests $7M In MIT-based Clean-Tech Startup Altaeros Energies

    SoftBank Invests $7M In MIT-based Clean-Tech Startup Altaeros Energies

    Another day, another funding from SoftBank. This time the corporation, one of Japan’s leading telecoms, has invested $7 million in Altaeros Energies, which is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and makes airborne wind turbines. Read More