Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

Alternative Energy News

Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Transportation This Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […].

3D Printed Solar Energy Trees

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power How would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees” The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy and can be used to […].

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The Spherical Sun Power Generator

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]. Energy Inventions Future Technology Solar Power future

The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House

Alternative Energy News

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […].

Is Tesla Really the EV King?

Cleantech Blog

by Neal Dikeman, chief blogger, Cleantech Blog Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been the electric vehicle darling since almost the day it launched. I’d argue there are some really neat aspects to its product and strategy, but it is far from a resounding market leader in EVs.

Tree Shaped Wind Turbines to be Installed in Paris

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines A French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” ” He hopes the trees can be […]. Energy Inventions Wind Power Wind Turbines wind

Meet the ELF: A Pedal-Powered, Solar-Electric Hybrid

Alternative Energy News

Pedal Power | Solar Power | Transportation Described as the “most efficient vehicle on the planet”, The ELF is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a […]. Pedal Power Solar Power Transportation human

Japan Closer to Harvesting Solar Energy from Space

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power Since 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]. Energy Inventions Future Technology Solar Power future

Can Tech Solve Climate Change?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

All eyes are on Paris for the 2015 U.N. Yes, it’s possible to make money and save the world from climate disaster. By Elena Lucas. Climate Change Conference. But what if solving the global climate crisis wasn’t about political willpower or technical know-how? Peter Thiel declared the cleantech sector — solar panels, wind turbines, and more — a “disaster” in 2011.

Living Green Technology Purchases Excess Telecom/IT Equipment

Living Green Technology

We buy your used/excess telecom and IT equipment. We pay cash for your telecom and used computer/IT equipment of all makes and models. TelecomVoIPServersNetworking EquipmentDesktops (PC and MAC)Laptops (PC and MAC)Video Conferencing EquipmentStorage Have unopened software? We will buy it! Please email info@livinggreentechnology.org or call 253.709.3722 with a list of equipment for sale and we will give you a quick cash offer

Prepare for a Day of Boundless Inspiration at 2nd Annual WCS Talks

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

At WCS Talks 2015. Here’s just a small part of our speaker lineup: We’re thrilled to be hosting the 2015 WCS Talks at Google — which is also providing two of our speakers for the day. By Rosana Francescato. Where can you learn about, and be inspired by, the many cleantech and sustainability solutions happening all around us — and the women making them happen?

UtilityAPI Awarded $760k Grant from Department of Energy

Better Ventures

We are thrilled to announce that Better Ventures Fund II portfolio company UtilityAPI has been selected to receive a $760,000 grant from the US Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. The program, which was designed to address the challenges to ubiquitous, affordable solar energy deployment , is highly competitive with hundreds of companies applying for a small number of funding slots.

PreSeed Fireside Chat with Nancy Pfund from DBL Investors

Better Ventures

Each month, Better Ventures convenes top leaders in impact investing and entrepreneurship for a fireside chat, networking, and workshops geared towards early-stage companies. We held a PreSeed fireside chat with powerhouse social impact investor Nancy Pfund on October 29. The house was packed and Nancy delivered the goods. Nancy is without a doubt one of the leading impact investors of our day, with blockbuster successes including Tesla, Solar City, Pandora, Revolution Foods and more.

Goodyear Releases Electricity-Generating Tire Concept

Alternative Energy News

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation We’ve been getting a lot of positive news about electric cars recently. This week at the Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire called the BH03. While we don’t know why it is called that, we do know that Goodyear’s new tire looks radical and could potentially generate electricity for electric cars […]. Electric Cars Future Technology Transportation electric cars

Energy, Pollution, and Human Beings: The True Cost of Fast Fashion

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Maria Ava. With the holiday shopping season upon us, there’s no better time to consider your fashion choices — and the impact they have on people and planet. Maria Ramos sheds light on this in her review of a new film that takes a close look at the fashion industry. Fast fashion is a relatively new phenomenon within the fashion industry. It calls for the fast turnaround of new designs from the runway to the storefront, to meet the high demands of the latest fashion trends.

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Alternative Energy News

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]. Energy Politics Environment and Sustainability Solar Power environment

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2nd Annual WCS Talks Exceeds Expectations

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Rosana Francescato. If you’ve attended many cleantech events, you’re probably familiar with this scene: a panel of men, with maybe a token woman thrown in — maybe not — addresses an audience of mostly men. This scenario is so pervasive that it’s led to a number of pledges not to appear on tech panels unless women are better represented. Women in Cleantech and Sustainability turned that familiar scene on its head at our recent event, the 2nd Annual WCS Talks.

PreSeed Launches with Fireside Chat Featuring Serial Impact Entrepreneur, Xavier Helgesen

Better Ventures

Each month, Better Ventures convenes top leaders in impact investing and entrepreneurship for a fireside chat, networking, and workshops geared towards early-stage companies. For our inaugural event, we couldn't have asked for a better guest speaker.

Better Ventures Backs K4Connect to Improve the Lives of Seniors

Better Ventures

We are delighted to announce our seed investment in K4Connect , a technology integration company that makes life simpler and healthier for seniors. K4's software platform seamlessly integrates disparate smart devices into a single responsive system, which transforms senior living facilities into smart homes. This automation technology not only makes life better for seniors but also provides valuable and actionable data to caregivers to improve the quality of care.

Better Ventures Approved for Investment by ImpactAssets and Joins the IA50

Better Ventures

We are thrilled to announce that Better Ventures Fund II has been approved for investment by ImpactAssets' Giving Fund, a donor advised fund with over $200 million of assets under management. ImpactAssets (IA) is a leading financial services firm dedicated to increasing the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social, and environmental returns.

Eko Devices Secures FDA Approval for Eko Core

Better Ventures

We are thrilled about the news that Better Ventures portfolio company Eko Devices has secured FDA approval to launch Eko Core, a Bluetooth enabled device that connects to a conventional stethoscope and wirelessly transmits heard sounds to a smartphone app (aka "Shazam for Heartbeats").

Better Ventures Commits $1M to Oakland Startups

Better Ventures

We’re thrilled to announce a commitment of $1 million to back pre-seed stage technology companies based in Oakland and Berkeley that are pursing social and environmental outcomes. Through our Better Ventures PreSeed program and backed by our recently launched second fund, we will invest $100,000 in 10 pre-seed stage startups, with an emphasis on companies based in Oakland, CA and those started by UC Berkeley founders.

Are Women Breaking the Solar Glass Ceiling?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Rosana Francescato. You can’t go to a major solar conference without hearing about women in solar. It was a recurring theme at Solar Power International this year. So, what’s the buzz? The issue. In case you’re new to this one, here’s a quick rundown on the issue, which I’ve covered before : Women make up only about 20% of the solar workforce. Companies with more women, and more diversity in general, do better. Many solar customers are women, so we need solar workers who understand them.

A Climate Change Fashion Show and Tell

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Paricha Duangtaweesub. Palo Alto Grand Opening of Apocalypse Project. Catherine Sarah Young believes in the power of experiences and the impact of sharing them. “If If you experience something, it stays with you forever,” she proclaimed at the speaker panel and fashion show event “ Apocalypse Project: Ideas for a Hotter Planet.” Young and her collaborators are working on a version of the future where we live sustainability and in harmony with nature. And her weapon of choice?

Top Cleantech Women to Follow on Twitter

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

When you think of women in cleantech these days, quite a few come to mind. We’d venture to guess that most of them are on Twitter. That makes us especially proud that our Women in Cleantech and Sustainability founder, Lisa Ann Pinkerton, made this TechRepublic list of cleantech women leaders to follow on Twitter. With women working in all sectors of the industry — from energy storage in the U.S. to off-grid solar solutions in Africa — there were a lot to pick from.

Meet the Makani Energy Kite

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines Back in 2013 Google purchased a company called Makani, creators of the Energy Kite. Their goal is to make wind energy pricing competitive with fossil fuels, and they believe a new approach is needed. The Energy Kite is a new type of wind turbine, designed to generate more energy using 90% less materials. “Makani’s energy […]. Energy Inventions Wind Power Wind Turbines flight

Announcing Our Seed Investment in BrightCurrent

Better Ventures

Accelerating Clean Energy Adoption While Creating Solar Industry Jobs We are pleased to announce our seed investment in BrightCurrent , a leading customer acquisition platform for residential solar and other clean energy solutions. The Oakland, CA-based company combines proprietary technology with a scalable fulfillment service to acquire residential customers below market rates at major retailers including Costco, Sears, Orchard Supply & Hardware, Ace and others.

Enough With The Doom And Gloom: Fighting Climate Change Promotes Prosperity

The Angry Clean Energy Guy

Enough With The Doom And Gloom: Fighting Climate Change Promotes Prosperity The coverage of climate change and the rhetoric around it are wearing me down. On Saturday 18 April, President Obama declared during his weekly address that there is “ no greater threat ” than climate change. “ 7 Scary Facts About Climate Change ” shouted the MSNBC network a few days before.

Luminalt’s Jeanine Cotter: How Solar Loses Without a Diverse Workforce

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Rachel Barron This article originally appeared on SolarEnergy.net , and is reprinted with permission Jeanine Cotter, CEO of solar installation company Luminalt, has witnessed profound resiliency.

Today’s Outlook for Women in Cleantech

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Maria Ava. Despite all the advances women have made in the world, we’re still underrepresented in tech. Cleantech is no exception. Why is this happening, and what can we do about it? Perhaps it starts when we’re younger and are taught that science and technology are exclusively for boys. This can be amplified further when we actually do get into the field, and biases and questions about our capabilities come into play. No matter the reason, it’s an ongoing issue that must be addressed.

#NationWISE 14-City Event Kicks off Actions to Support Women in Solar

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Posted by Guest Contributor By Elizabeth Galusha Women in Solar Energy (WISE) hosted a #NationWISE Multi-City Roundtable in 14 cities on February 24, 2015. The mission of WISE is to advance women in all aspects of the solar energy industry. Currently, women account for 21.6% of the workforce in the solar industry, according to the 2014 Solar Foundation annual job census. The objective of the national roundtable was to help WISE develop an action to present to the solar industry.

Sign the #NationWISE Pledge for Women in Solar

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Posted by Rosana Francescato. Have you signed the pledge yet? Don’t know what I’m talking about? What the pledge is all about It’s simple: The #NationWISE Pledge , from Women in Solar Energy (WISE), aims to foster a strong female workforce for clean energy. The pledge came out of a Multi-City Roundtable held in 14 cities in late February. It was an unusual event in offering much more than just a panel discussion. After that brief inspiration, the event got much more interactive.

EV King Tesla – Where Did the Cash Go?

Cleantech Blog

Analysis of 2014 financial results and valuation of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA). Blog Cleantech News electric car electric vehicle EV F GM Model S Model X Nissan Toyota TSLA

Eko Devices Raises $2M Series Seed Round

Better Ventures

Funding Will Enable Commercialization of “Shazam for Heartbeats” Technology We are thrilled to announce that Better Ventures Fund I portfolio company Eko Devices has raised a $2 million Series Seed round led by Founder.org. Stanford University's StartX Fund, former Health and Human Services adviser John Noonan, and the co-founders of music analytics company Shazam also participated in the round.

How to Kick Coal Out of Your Portfolio

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Posted by Rosana Francescato Have you been watching the trend of institutions and cities divesting from coal? Are you wondering how you can get in on the action? As it turns out, it’s not that hard for any of us to divest. Dale Wannen was on hand to tell us how to do just that at a recent Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event, “ Kicking Coal out of Your Portfolio.”. In case you’re wondering why you’d want to divest from coal, consider that coal is the dirtiest of all energy sources.

The Eiffel Tower Installs Two Wind Turbines

Alternative Energy News

Energy Industry | Wind Power | Wind Turbines The 126 year old Eiffel Tower is going green! A pair of camouflaged VisionAIR5 wind turbines were installed inside the scaffolding on the second floor, and are expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That’s enough to power the tower’s entire first floor; including history exhibits, a souvenir shop and restaurants. The […]. Energy Industry Wind Power Wind Turbines wind

UClass Acquired by Renaissance Learning

Better Ventures

We are excited to announce that Better Ventures Fund I company UClass has been acquired by Renaissance Learning , a K-12 assessment and learning analytics company, which has a valuation of over $1 billion. The deal was officially announced last Thursday and covered by several media outlets including TechCruch.

Make Way for Eco-friendly and Appetizing Tableware

Living Green Technology

No doubt, using disposable tableware is utterly convenient. But it is also short lived and an absolute mess for the environment. Just take a look at your trash can after a party. Mounds of disposable paper and plastic bags and containers and you will too feel bad for the environment. We know that plastic or many other materials that disposable tableware is made of take months and even years to degrade, leaking harmful chemicals in the process.

Bernadette Del Chiaro Wants to Make California Solar a Force of Nature

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Del Chiaro is also looking to hire its fifth staff member early this year, and expects CALSEIA’s 2015 budget to reach about $850,000. What initiatives are on CALSEIA’s agenda in 2015 to help the California solar industry stay on a smooth path of growth? Posted by Guest Contributor By Rachel Barron This article originally appeared on SolarEnergy.net , and is reprinted with permission. It’s no secret that California is king when it comes to the U.S. solar industry.

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Garbage From All Around The World Set to Clog Our Oceans

Living Green Technology

Our oceans are rapidly filling up with plastic trash and will soon be clogged with it too. According to a report by the journal Science, in 2010 itself, a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash went into oceans from the 192 coastal countries of the world. Backed by extensive research and data analysis, the study also mentions that the rate at which this trash is increasing. It mentions that the amount of plastic going inside ocean will inflate by ten times in the next ten years.

How Going Refurbished Helps You Go Green As Well

Living Green Technology

Consider this: According to a study by the research firm Gartner, the number of personal computers in use around world surpassed 1 billion in 2008. Growing at the pace that it is, this figure will double every four years.A look at the statistics provided by EPA, in 2010 in the US alone, 1.375 million computer units and related hardware items (including CPUs, desktops, portables, monitors, hard copy devices, keyboards and mice) were disposed.

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How Erica Mackie Leads Grid Alternatives’ Push for Low-Income Solar

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Posted by Guest Contributor By Rachel Barron This article originally appeared on SolarEnergy.net , and is reprinted with permission For some of the country’s most financially vulnerable families, a high utility bill can mean choosing between such things as putting food on the table, or paying to keep the lights on and enough heat flowing to endure cold winter months.

What Does It Take to Successfully Implement Corporate Sustainability?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Posted by Guest Contributor By Saskia Juretzek Sustainable development is becoming more and more an integral part of our daily life, and more companies are willing to incorporate sustainability into their daily business. Yet many businesses are still lacking when it comes to implementing sustainability. Why is this? We decided to take a look at this in a study at Leuphana University Lüneburg. For the study, we surveyed 82 sustainability managers and consultants in Germany.