How A.I. Will Revolutionize Climate Tech


The array of AI applications within climate tech is staggering -- and rapidly expanding. There are lots of exciting point solutions, but there’s no clear example of AI directly and meaningfully reducing GHG emissions on a global scale. Last year we had Priya Donti on the show.

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So Big It’s Boring: The Rise of Utility-Scale Solar


In 2015, I was sitting with representatives of Strata Solar, Southern Company and the Arkansas Public Service Commission, waiting to go onstage. We were the last session of the last day of the conference in question — a tough time slot.

Inside Google’s Bid to Get Granular on Renewable Energy Credits


In the decades since the voluntary renewable energy credit marketplace cropped up, a bevy of options for acquiring renewables has bloomed. Companies can choose from options including buying RECs, investing in onsite renewables and signing virtual power-purchase agreements.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Tracking the Equity Outcome of Decarbonization


We can measure the energy transition in any number of ways. The hundreds of millions of solar panels and wind turbines installed. The gigatons of carbon reduced. Or the number of jobs created. But how do we measure the equity outcome?

What’s the Role for New Nuclear Power in the Fight Against Climate Change?


Small modular reactors (SMRs) — nuclear reactors using novel technologies to fit into much smaller and mass-producible packages than the behemoth nuclear power plants of today — are presented as a way of rapidly decarbonizing the grid in the face of an ever more pressing need to meet climate targets.

Google Spinoff Malta Nabs $50M Series B for Thermal Long-Duration Storage


Malta has raised a $50 million Series B round to bring its super-long-duration energy storage to market, the company said Wednesday. The startup spun out of Google parent company Alphabet's moonshot factory, X, in 2018.

Could Chile’s Auction Help Save CSP From Oblivion?


A national auction in Latin America this year could offer a lifeline to a renewable energy technology that seems to be entering terminal decline.

Report: ‘Grid-Enhancing Technologies’ Could Save $5B per Year by Boosting US Renewables Capacity


The U.S. could double its capacity for new wind and solar power, save billions of dollars and cut millions of tons of carbon-dioxide emissions from its generation fleets if federal incentives can be aligned to deploy a suite of technologies to unlock the full capacity of transmission grids.

Dandelion Raises $30M to Scale Up Home Geothermal Energy


There’s a lot of energy underneath homes — if reasonably priced technology can be scaled up to tap its potential. A U.S.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

New €2.5B Green Hydrogen Steel Venture Unveiled


A new "green steel" venture in Sweden has been launched with bold plans to start production as early as 2024. The H2 Green Steel initiative will then scale up to 5 million tons per year of green steel production.

Doubling Down on a Centralized Grid Is More Expensive Without Distributed Energy


The economic, environmental, and public health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis in 2020 continue unabated as we usher in a new presidential administration.

Plus Power Breaks Open New England Market for Massive Batteries


Battery plants have established themselves in the sunny Southwest, but this week was the first time they won big in New England.

How to Get the Biggest Bang for our Clean Energy Buck in Southeast Asia


If we’re going to accelerate the global clean energy transition, we need to get smarter about how we deploy scarce climate finance overseas. Nowhere is a smarter approach needed than one of the last frontiers for coal expansion — Southeast Asia. Public dollars, stranded assets.

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WoodMac on Green Hydrogen: It’s Going To Happen Faster Than Anyone Expects


Green hydrogen is set to play a substantive role in the overall energy mix with its development likely to happen faster than anyone predicts, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie.

$1T of Potential Losses in the Pipeline for Oil and Gas Financiers


Justin Guay is director for global climate strategy at the Sunrise Project. * * *. The only climate trend more powerful for global financial institutions than the drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is the momentum to exit oil and gas.

Coal Is Uncompetitive. Why Do We Burn So Much?


America gets 20 percent of its electricity from coal. That’s a 50 percent drop since the peak in 2007. But if coal is becoming so economically uncompetitive, why does it still make up so much of our grid mix? This week: Coal is no longer king. But it still has a lot of power across the land.

Coal to Green Hydrogen: Germany’s Energy Transition Summed Up in One Project


The Moorburg coal power station boasts an eventful inception, a landmark closure, and now, a bright future. It was opened in 2015 by Swedish utility Vattenfall on the banks of the Elbe river, just outside the German port city of Hamburg.

Why Local Solar + Storage Is a Pillar of the Net-Zero Grid


This week, we finally left behind a destructive regime that thwarted environmental policy at every turn. We exchanged it for a government putting climate experts and clean-energy doers in its highest ranks in a way that no prior administration has done before. What comes next?

Shell Says Hydrogen Is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now For Biofuels?


Hydrogen will be the key energy source for global road freight, according to a new report commissioned by European oil major Shell. Electrification is the most economic and environmental solution for smaller delivery vehicles.

Solar Industry Pushed to Examine Supply Chain After Reports of Forced Labor in China


Labor and resettlement programs targeting Uyghur populations in China’s Xinjiang region have been linked with companies producing a significant portion of the world’s polysilicon, according to a forthcoming report that draws a connection between the solar industry and forced labor in the region.

New York City’s Biggest Power Producer Aims to Import Renewable Energy From Upstate


After losing out on an early opportunity to build New York state's biggest battery, the owner of New York City's biggest power plant is taking steps to import renewable electricity generated upstate.

A Vibrant Cleantech Startup Ecosystem Takes Root in India


This is the second article in a series. Read part one here. It’s easy to see what’s motivating India’s emerging ecosystem of sustainable technology startups with a glance out the window from the office of Sangam Ventures in Gurugram, just outside of Delhi.

Ørsted Joins Efforts To Develop Offshore-Wind-to-Green-Hydrogen Tech


Global offshore wind developer Ørsted has become the latest major player to pursue off-grid green hydrogen, a technology that could expand capacity for converting offshore wind power to zero-carbon energy.

10 Solar and Storage Trends for 2021


Barry Cinnamon is CEO of California's Cinnamon Energy Systems. Dave Barry said it best when summarizing 2020: “This was a year of nonstop awfulness, a year when we kept saying it couldn’t possibly get worse, and it always did.

Cutting Concrete’s Carbon Footprint


After years of slow headway, building design and industry professionals say sharp reductions in the climate impact of concrete are possible now.

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Nuclear Enters 2021 With Buoyant Global Outlook for Small Modular Reactors


The nuclear industry is heading into 2021 with increased optimism around small modular reactors (SMRs) after a series of policy initiatives worldwide in recent weeks. The U.S., and Canada, three major nuclear markets, all signaled growing support for SMRs in the closing weeks of 2020.

California’s Big 2021 Grid Reliability Decision: Expand Supply or Manage Demand?


California is facing a major decision under a tight deadline — whether it should push for large-scale power plants and batteries to prevent a repeat of its August 2020 rolling blackouts this coming summer, or turn to behind-the-meter resources like batteries and demand response.

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What Could Dethrone Solar in Residential Energy?


Solar scaled first to become king in residential smart energy. But as other residential DER tech has advanced -- EVs, batteries, smart panels, and so forth -- has solar been dethroned as the anchor product in this space?

PG&E’s Latest Energy Storage Procurement Includes Fleet of Behind-the-Meter Batteries


Pacific Gas & Electric is asking state regulators to approve another massive round of energy storage procurements, including its first large-scale contract for behind-the-meter batteries to serve grid needs.

Why Offshore Wind and Energy Giants are Chasing Off-Grid Green Hydrogen


The European Union wants to build 40 gigawatts of green hydrogen electrolyzers by 2030, and estimates that 80 to 120 gigawatts of solar and wind will be needed to power them. That’s a fresh headache for Europe’s grid operators.

Key 2020 US Solar PV Cost Trends and a Look Ahead


solar PV system costs fell across all market segments from 2019 to 2020 as module prices continued to drive down system costs. While shortages of glass and ethylene-vinyl acetate laminate caused solar module prices to increase at the end of 2020, they still fell on an overall year-on-year basis.

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Shell, Volvo and Daimler Back Hydrogen as Europe Turns Sights on Truck Emissions


A flurry of new vehicle releases, increased grants and tax benefits and plain old economics have helped electric vehicle sales boom in 2020. sales figures show battery vehicles tripled their market share among new vehicle sales from 3 percent to 9 percent.

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MIT Study Lays Bare Why Nuclear Costs Keep Rising


A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has shed light on a key challenge for the nuclear industry: the rising cost of new plants. And the answer provides support to those who believe small modular reactors ultimately may be the best route to cost reduction.

Can Onshore Wind Keep Pace With Europe’s Surging Solar Markets?


From record-low solar prices in Portugal to an eye-watering pipeline over the border in Spain, solar has been dominating the energy transition conversation in Southern Europe. Once the economics of solar reached the point of attractive subsidy-free returns, it was all but inevitable.

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Leveraging Coronavirus Stimulus to Take a Giant Leap Towards Decarbonization


The coronavirus pandemic has provided a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities posed by a more rapid transition to a 100 percent renewable energy future.

Where Are We in the Hydrogen Hype Cycle?


The excitement around green hydrogen has grown dramatically in recent years. Will it live up to the hype? This week, we turn to technologist, author and investor Ramez Naam.

China Can Help Supersize Global Hydrogen Economy, According to Shell


China could have a crucial role to play in the development of a global hydrogen economy, with its massive demand for decarbonization technologies likely to drive large-scale deployments that will help cut costs around the world, according to oil major Shell.

Sonnen Launches ‘Much More Accessible’ Battery for Home Backup and Grid Services


After years of selling more expensive home battery systems, sonnen launched a new product Thursday to compete on cost with other mainstream options in the U.S. residential energy storage market.

Could Agri-PV Be Africa’s Next Big Solar Market Trend?


Insiders predict agricultural companies could become major adopters of solar power in Africa as farmers seek to improve the cost and reliability of energy supplies.

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Chemicals Giant Ineos Targets the World’s Cheapest Green Hydrogen


It seems everyone wants to get in on the ground floor when it comes to green hydrogen. Utilities and oil majors both have a head start with their mixture of renewable power capacity, gas transmission assets and an existing set of end users.