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Massive iron batteries could be key to displacing natural gas from the grid

VoltStorage recently raised a Series C worth $24 million from engine manufacturer Cummins. Its previous rounds included investments from SOSV and EIT InnoEnergy.

BMW hedges its EV bet, appears poised to repeat mistakes of the past

BMW is on the verge of creating another compromise platform that could hamstring its EV efforts.

That big climate bill might actually make a difference

It’s not perfect, but it’s a major step, one that could restore confidence in global climate agreements.

The road map for building the Uber of climate tech

The world needs a climate tech startup that’s like an early-days Uber, a company that won’t take no for an answer.

Aurora Hydrogen raises $10M, but will its process decarbonize or facilitate tar sand exploitation?

Aurora uses a microwave-based approach to liberate hydrogen from methane.

Concert Bio lands pre-seed round to fix hydroponic farming’s ‘dirty secret’

The startup hopes microbiome-as-a-service will help boost crop yields in greenhouses.

Will Volkswagen’s new CEO hamstring its EV push?

Under the previous CEO, Volkswagen’s path toward an electric future seemed set. Now it seems less certain.

Here’s how Manchin and Schumer’s surprise 725-page bill could boost climate tech

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 stands as one of the most significant pieces of climate legislation proposed in the U.S.

Tesla, SpaceX alums stalk energy sector’s white whale with $2 million seed round

Hgen hopes its "whole widget" approach to hydrogen production can decarbonize heavy industry and long-haul shipping.

While venture cools down around the world, climate startups are blazing hot

Climate tech winners in the second quarter spanned a range of businesses, from renewable energy developers to EV manufacturers and nuclear startups.

Gridtential thinks the OG renewable battery chemistry is ripe for disruption

Silicon-lead battery startup Gridtential today announced partnerships with two players in the lead-acid market, Hammond Group and Wirtz Manufacturing.

XFuel hopes to sail past biofuels’ troubled past with modular reactor design

Dublin-based XFuel announced an €8.2 million investment round led by AENU, a new German VC firm, and joined by Union Square Ventures and HAX/SOSV.

Pivoting from tobacco waste to textiles, Circ puts a fresh spin on clothing recycling

Recycling startup Circ announced a $30 million Series B round led by Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Massive Facebook survey shows climate investors have more sway on public opinion than you think

A massive study of Facebook users from around the world concluded that climate tech investors get to do well by both making money and being loud about those investments.

EV charging sucks because it hasn’t found the right business model

No single business model dominates the EV charging market, which has left plenty of opportunities for founders and investors alike.

How one state’s aggressive climate policy could boost its economy

Offshore wind hasn’t made many waves in the U.S. yet, but it’s about to, and one state is making sure it's a centerpiece of its economic policy.

4 climate tech investors sound off on Supreme Court’s EPA ruling

The U.S. was delivered a setback in its efforts to mitigate climate change. Investors are dismayed but still optimistic.

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling all but ensures the US won’t be competitive with China or Europe

The United States still has a shot at turning things around, but it's a long one.

US Supreme Court says EPA can’t regulate carbon pollution under Clean Air Act

The 6-3 decision makes it increasingly likely that an act of Congress will be required to rein in planet-warming emissions.

Disclose your Scope 3 emissions, you cowards

Many companies are saying that they don’t take climate change seriously enough to fully understand — and disclose — their own impact on it.
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