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 […].

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

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

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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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

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

Tulip Shaped Solar Plants to be Installed in Ethiopia

Alternative Energy News

Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar Power AORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]. Energy Industry Future Technology Solar Power solar

Man Converts Toyota Prius into Motor Home

Alternative Energy News

Hybrid Cars | Transportation It’s Friday, so we figured it’s time for a little humour. James Lawler, a Landscaper from Torquay Australia, has built himself a mini-motorhome atop his Toyota Prius Hybrid. The project took just over a week to complete using scrap materials, and ended up costing him just under $150. What inspired this project? Lawler says “There’s […]. Hybrid Cars Transportation hybrid cars

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.

The Kymogen Wave Energy Generator

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Hydro Power | Wave Power Mechanical Engineer David Hartmann and Craftsman Jason Ballash have designed a new wave power technology called the KymoGen, which has the potential to produce clean, low-cost energy using the constant power of waves. Key to the design is its simplicity. A portable 8’x8′ platform is tethered to a mooring on the sea floor. Inside the […]. Energy Inventions Hydro Power Wave Power hydro

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

Alternative Energy News

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation Recent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in talks to purchase electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors inspired the illustrations to have a similar resemblance. Apple obviously has the […]. Electric Cars Future Technology Transportation electric cars future

Possible Dual Rotor Technology for Wind Turbines

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines Iowa State Aerospace Engineers Anupam Sharma and Hui Hu are exploring the possibility of adding a smaller, secondary rotor to wind turbines. The engineers studied the base of existing turbines and found two major problems. First, they are big round structural pieces that don’t harvest any wind energy because they are not shaped like an […]. Energy Inventions Wind Power Wind Turbines

Meet the Strati: A 3D Printed Electric Car

Alternative Energy News

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation 3D Printing is all the rage these days, so it’s no surprise someone has printed a complete and functional electric automobile, appropriately named the Strati (Italian for “layers”). 18 months ago, Phoenix Arizona company Local Motors teamed up with Cincinnati Incorporated to develop a neighborhood electric car. The project is open source; members are encouraged […].

The Hydrobee: USB Power from Nature

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Human Power | Hydro Power We just received an email from a company called Hydrobee, asking us to vote for them as Autodesk’s inventor of the Year. Having never heard of this we checked it out… what a neat invention! This soda-can sized device generates electricity for USB devices when you’re off the grid. It can generate power using flowing […]. Energy Inventions Human Power Hydro Power hydro

The Bigfoot Electric Monster Truck

Alternative Energy News

Electric Cars | Transportation Some Friday fun… we discovered this intriguing electric beast while covering this week’s Vancouver Auto Show. It’s not really going to do much to help the environment, but we think it’s kind of neat that many manufacturers are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. If anything this could help expose new technologies to a completely […]. Electric Cars Transportation

The Lateral Axis Wind Turbine

Alternative Energy News

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines Sri Lankan inventor Leelananda Jayasuriya just sent us this concept for a Lateral Axis Wind Turbine. The turbine functions just like a Ferris Wheel, with the blades orbiting in an epicyclical path around the central shaft. Leelananda believes there are many advantages to his design: it can rotate with the direction of the wind, it […]. Energy Inventions Wind Power Wind Turbines wind

How Recycled CO2 is Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

Alternative Energy News

Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability Environmentalists have pushed greenhouse gases as being the leading cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has been regarded as being the biggest contributor to the greenhouse effect. But what if there was a way to recycle the most abundant greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere? Carbon dioxide is a major byproduct of industrial power generation […].

Nissan Launches 7-seater Electric Minivan

Alternative Energy News

Electric Cars | Energy Industry | Transportation Ever wanted to own an electric car, but didn’t think any of the current options were practical? Think again! Nissan is turning over a new leaf with it’s new 100% electric e-NV200 — a 7-seater electric minivan — perfect for cargo, families and even taxis. Previously only available as a 5-seater, the new model has […]. Electric Cars Energy Industry Transportation electric cars

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.

Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed in China

Alternative Energy News

Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | Transportation In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Fuel Public Transit Transportation hydrogen

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.

Google Biodome: New Headquarters to Blend with Environment

Alternative Energy News

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Future Technology Today Google announced their exciting proposal to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California. Designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, the new headquarters will be the first time Google will design and build their offices from scratch. The concept is simple and genius: instead of building permanent structures with […].

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.

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.

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.

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.

Global coal plant projects down 76% since 2015

Eco-Business

New research shows that to date, 44 world governments have committed to stopping new construction of coal projects, and another 33 have cancelled their project pipelines. Seven other countries have no plans to develop new coal at all

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.