2015

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.

Pioneering Waste-Reusing Plastic Roads

EcoGeek

A new way of building roads with recycled plastic is being developed by Dutch company KWS Infra.

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A year of editing at The Conversation

Martin LaMonica

2015, the year that was: environment and energy. Martin LaMonica , The Conversation. As we approach 2016, we look back at the big – even world-changing – stories of The Conversation’s environment and energy coverage this year.

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.

I heard about Sunrun through another solar company. How does Sunrun work with partners?

Sunrun

Partnership is an easy term to throw around. But at Sunrun, it really means something. Our nationwide network of certified partners are the bedrock our business because they allow us to provide stellar Sunrun service where you live. How’s that for convenience?

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Alternative Energy News

Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Solar Impulse Begins Round-the-World Journey

EcoGeek

Earlier this week, the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of it’s atempt to fly around the globe entirely on solar power.

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.

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.

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”).

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!

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.

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.

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.

Superhydrophobic Coating Makes Better Solar Panels

EcoGeek

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a coating for glass that is superhydrophobic, making it so that it will literally bounce water off the surface. This coating also decreases the amount of light that reflects away from the glass.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.