BlocPower hits its stride, landing $25M Series B to expand its residential energy retrofit platform
The Inflation Reduction Act will ramp up demand for heat pumps and home electrification. BlocPower’s platform can help make energy retrofitting more accessible.
Chrome gets memory and energy saver modes
Google today announced two new performance settings in its Chrome browser: Memory Saver and Energy Saver. Modern browsers eat up a lot of memory, and while that’s not a problem if you have 32GB
Meet the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals category finalists and special award winners
Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, and sponsor of TechCrunch Sessions: Climate, has chosen 10 category finalists and three Sp
Crypto’s cops get ready for an uneven war
Hey everyone, and welcome back to Chain Reaction. In our Chain Reaction podcast this week, Anita and I chatted with Slow Ventures’ Jill Gunter on why there are so many dang blockchains out there
The answers to real estate’s climate tech questions may be all around us
For those who do care, there is no shortage of confusion on how to best tackle the looming threat of climate change. But what if an answer was lying right in front of us?
Europe lays out expanded ecodesign rules with plan for digital product passports
The European Union has announced a new bundle of sustainability-focused policy proposals that will expand existing ecodesign rules on energy efficiency by encouraging longer product lifespans, support
Why are we still using super-greenhouse gases in our home air conditioners?
I would love to install a central AC that doesn’t use super-greenhouse gases. I would even be willing to be an early adopter and pay substantially more. But no such AC is available in the U.S.
Europe’s Chips Act to bake in up to €2BN in funding support for startups and scale-ups
European Union lawmakers have today presented a Chips Act: Their plan, trailed last fall: to bolster regional sovereignty in semiconductor production and supply chain resilience through a package of t
Green new era dawns for crypto with global mining shift
How well do Bitcoin and other digital assets meet ESG criteria? This question has become ever more important as crypto adoption reaches wider audiences.
Why MPG should matter for electric vehicles
We already have a common denominator for the EV age: the kilowatt-hour. A familiar, tangible energy unit that gives us an apples-to-apples way to think about cost, efficiency and pollution.
Light is the key to long-range, fully autonomous EVs
Photonic computing technology is on the brink of being commercially available and has the potential to supercharge the current roadmap of autonomous driving while also reducing its carbon footprint.
Dabbel gets $4.4M to cut CO2 by automating HVAC control for commercial buildings
Düsseldorf-based proptech startup Dabbel is using AI to drive energy efficiency savings in commercial buildings. It’s developed cloud-based self-learning building management software that plugs
Crusoe Energy is tackling energy use for cryptocurrencies and data centers and greenhouse gas emissions
The two founders of Crusoe Energy think they may have a solution to two of the largest problems facing the planet today — the increasing energy footprint of the tech industry and the greenhouse
Immersion cooling to offset data centers’ massive power demands gains a big booster in Microsoft
LiquidStack does it. So does Submer. They’re both dropping servers carrying sensitive data into goop in an effort to save the planet. Now they’re joined by one of the biggest tech companie
ConsenSys launches a more energy-efficient NFT ecosystem with a project from artist Damien Hirst as its first drop
The NFT craze has been an intriguing moment for digital artists who have seen great leaps in how tech has allowed them to create their work, but not as much progress in shifting how they profit off of
To improve accountability, Norrsken VC ties partner compensation to its portfolio’s sustainable successes
With the close of its latest investment fund, Norrsken VC is taking an unprecedented step in tying the compensation of its partners to the positive changes the firm’s portfolio companies have on
With an ARR topping $250 million, LA’s vertical SaaS superstar ServiceTitan is now worth $8.3 billion
Who knew building a vertical software-as-a-service toolkit focused on home heating and cooling could be worth $8.3 billion? That’s how much Los Angeles-based ServiceTitan, a startup founded just
Three energy-innovation takeaways from Texas’ deep freeze
Unpredictability and complexity are quickening, and technology has its place, but not simply as an individual safeguard or false security blanket.
Bringing jobs and health benefits, BlocPower unlocks energy efficiency retrofits for low-income communities
Retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient and better at withstanding climate change-induced extreme weather is going to be a big, multibillion-dollar business. But it’s one that&
New York’s David Energy has raised $4.1 million to ‘build the Standard Oil of renewable energy’
“We intend to build the Standard Oil of renewable energy,” said James McGinniss, the co-founder and chief executive of David Energy, in a statement announcing the company’s new $19 million s