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​​Forests are a multitrillion-dollar asset. Vibrant Planet bets SaaS can save them

Vibrant Planet is definitely a software play — from its cloud focus to its per-seat licenses, it’s SaaS through and through — but its end goal is different from many others.

EV fleet management startup Synop steers its way to $10M seed round

Commercial fleets are poised for electrification, and Synop wants to give operators more control over their vehicles.

Vibrant Planet raises $17M seed round to grow forest restoration SaaS

The public benefit startup is developing Land Tender, SaaS for forest management, something they call an “operating system for forest restoration.”

Zap Energy nets $160M Series C to advance its lightning-in-a-bottle fusion tech

Zap Energy has reached two milestones that could nudge it ahead in the race to offer low-cost, carbon-free energy — a $160 million Series C round, and a successful test of a prototype fusion reactor

Founders of recycling startups say the pandemic changed the investment game

For years, startups addressing the recycling crisis labored in relative anonymity. But those who stuck with it are seeing growing investor support, three founders said at TC Sessions: Climate 2022.

3 climate tech VCs share how they find, vet and support carbon-slashing startups

Three investors active in the space joined me on stage at TC Sessions: Climate 2022 this week in Berkeley to share why they’re in it for the long haul.

A decade after the bubble burst, 5 climate tech investors explain why they’re all in

What’s a climate tech founder to do when faced with tight timelines and tighter funding rounds? We asked some of the leading investors in the space to share their perspectives.

Dual-chemistry battery tech could push BMW’s iX EV to 600-mile range

BMW’s iX was introduced late last year with a maximum range of 324 miles. With the prototype, ONE is hoping to nearly double that to 600 miles.

Here’s why climate tech may avoid repeating clean tech’s failures

Climate tech is more than just a rebrand of clean tech — it offers founders and investors new tools to make profits and slash carbon.

Solid Power’s pilot production line brings road-tripping solid-state batteries closer to reality

The move represents another step in the steady march toward solid-state lithium-ion batteries, which promise to bring unprecedented range and safety to electric vehicles.

US battery production enters new era as Solid Power’s pilot production line debuts

By Solid Power’s very realistic timeline, we might have the opportunity to buy a solid-state battery EV as soon as 2028.

Biden admin policy change could tip solar and wind projects into profitability

The Biden administration is hoping that the change will remove at least one roadblock to greater wind and solar development on federal land.

The US is about to get serious about EVs

The US market for electric vehicles is at an inflection point. Get ready for mass adoption.

Diesel is a horrible thing for an economy to depend on

Want to tame inflation? Start by ditching fossil fuels.

A single question changed how Singularity viewed its market

One conversation with a customer changed how Wenbo Shi viewed his product and, ultimately, his company.

Singularity Energy raises $4.5 million seed round to decarbonize the grid

Singularity provides detailed information about the carbon intensity of the electricity grid at any given moment.

Salty, subterranean water could relieve world’s lithium shortage

Today’s lithium mines can't hope to meet skyrocketing demand. Startups like Lilac Solutions and Vulcan Energy Resources have leaped into action with new, more efficient lithium extraction processes

Lithium-silicon batteries get vote of confidence with Sila’s Mercedes deal

Sila's deal to produce automotive-scale battery materials suggests that the startup has solved lithium-silicon's Achilles' heel.

Electric Mercedes G-Class will go the distance with Sila’s energy-dense silicon anodes

Sila says its silicon anode material can boost energy density by 20% to 40% over existing cells.

Ballooning US EV registrations raise opportunities for startups

Surging EV adoption is certain to drive even more opportunities for startups to capitalize on the sector's growth.
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