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Up Catalyst can tweak the basic process to also manufacture carbon nanotubes for paint or reinforced concrete, as well as graphite tailored to hydrogen fuel cells.

Up Catalyst draws €4M seed round to make battery graphite from carbon dioxide

Legacy automakers have scaled back or set overly modest electric vehicle production targets. They may come to regret that.

GM and Toyota are shaping up to be the biggest losers in the EV transition

Arbor is betting that an approach to carbon removal known as BiCRS will not only help balance the climate, but also benefit rural communities.

Former SpaceX engineers build ‘vegetarian rocket engine’ to save the climate

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How come founders don’t give a crap about sustainability?

If you care about equity, sustainability, parental leave — pick your poison — you have a chance to make a difference.

12:00 pm PST • November 30, 2023
How come founders don’t give a crap about sustainability?

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Why these investors think saving the trees isn’t just for protesters anymore

A fresh crop of startups has emerged to combat deforestation and climate change, and a handful investors have embraced the challenge along with them.

6:27 am PST • November 29, 2023
Why these investors think saving the trees isn’t just for protesters anymore

For the broader economy, this was the year of the recession that never arrived. But for climate tech, it was a year of both great hits and big misses.

Climate tech’s biggest hits and misses in 2023

We got a glimpse of Buc-ee’s possible future on Thursday when Mercedes announced that it would build around 30 fast-charging hubs at Buc-ee’s locations throughout the South.

Why supersize convenience stores might be key to unlocking EV fast charging

Phospholutions’ pitch deck embodies the essence of an effective pitch. But it’s also riddled with small issues that add up,

Pitch Deck Teardown: Phospholutions’ $10M Series A extension deck

If Zeekr’s IPO goes through, it’ll be the first major Chinese listing in the country in nearly two years, following China’s effective ban of foreign IPOs.

Geely’s Zeekr gears up for US IPO, but China influence remains a concern

Other researchers had discovered numerous problems with the scientific paper describing the material. Now the scientific journal Nature has retracted it.

Another room-temperature superconductor bites the dust

High interest rates may be stifling some investments in climate tech today, but the new fund suggests that LPs see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Congruent starts raising fresh $250M early-stage climate tech fund

The startup’s solution takes over where project proposal software leaves off, from the first site visit until the solar array is running and on the grid.

Coperniq raises $4M seed round to bring SaaS to solar installers

Even if sustainability isn’t a key differentiator, brand-owned resale sites can help capture some of the value that would otherwise go to secondhand markets.

The circular economy promises to remake retail. Why is it so hard to trust?

The Wyoming-based startup thinks the traditional three-bladed turbine is played out and has a new design to bring wind energy to more places.

AirLoom has a plan to halve the cost of wind power

Ford and GM are hedging their bets on EVs. In times of transition, that can be a terrible way to run a business.

US automakers need to make up their minds already

Popup Bagels raised $8 million in venture capital this week. But why would a bagel store chain want such expensive capital?

Deal Dive: Bagels with a schmear of venture capital

Like many entrepreneurs, Byterat’s founders realized that the challenges they had faced themselves in the lab were a business opportunity.

Byterat nabs $4M seed round to collect and analyze data for battery labs

With some tweaks, the company believes it can make cells while still maintaining the chemistry’s longevity and energy density.

Inlyte Energy reels in $8M seed round to revive a 50-year-old battery technology

The team came up with a system that integrated a heat pump and a hot water storage tank with a pod that turns the system into a thermal battery.

Harvest Thermal taps $4M seed round to make heat pumps cheaper to run

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It’s too late for nuclear to save the climate

Even with the new designs, nuclear power probably won’t be enough to make a difference because its biggest hurdles aren’t technical at all.

10:00 am PDT • October 23, 2023
It’s too late for nuclear to save the climate

The federal government’s approach to hydrogen is strikingly similar to the way it promoted biofuels a decade ago. That’s not a good thing.

Federal hydrogen hub program could give fuel a boost — or the boot

Utilities have long known about the hazards posed by trees growing close to power lines, but the successive disasters have thrown the issue into sharp relief.

Overstory snags $14M Series A to use AI to help utilities cut their wildfire risk

Induction cooking has the potential to liberate us to rethink the kitchen, but new designs have been slow to arrive.

Where’s the innovation in induction kitchens?

Toyota’s EV progress remains nascent. And a recent announcement about a manufacturing partner suggests that the company is still feeling its way forward.

Toyota’s EV strategy hinges on a partnership with a petrochemical company

Big buildings almost always have big carbon footprints, and getting the carbon out of heating and cooling is especially challenging. Geothermal might be the answer.

Bedrock Energy thinks the solution to decarbonizing skyscrapers is 1,500 feet underground

The startup has developed software for lithium-ion batteries to endow them with either faster charging speeds or greater longevity.

Breathe Battery Technologies bets that software will eat batteries too

Remember how long it took Tesla to start making money and how much it raised along the way? Building an EV company is not an easy or quick process.

Rivian reminds investors that making EVs is incredibly expensive

Are enough people taking the climate threat seriously that a startup focused on wildfire management could succeed? The answer appears to be yes.

Vibrant Planet raises $15M Series A to help PG&E and others trim their wildfire risk

The 3-year-old venture capital firm raised more money than it expected for its second fund, suggesting that limited partners are warming to climate tech.

At One Ventures’ $375M new fund shows climate tech is still hot

Today, membrane gas separation represents a relatively small part of the market. But with calls to decarbonize heavy industry, that could change.

Osmoses gets $11M seed to bring its molecule-scale membranes to the hydrogen market