Along with solar power and wind power, wave energy could be a serious gamechanger in the clean energy landscape, especially when considering that a large portion of the US population lives within 50 miles of the coastline, and could take advantage of this renewable energy. However, while both solar panel and wind turbine technologies have […]
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We’re probably all well aware of the renewable energy potential of the more common clean energy sources, such as wind and solar power, but could “cloud power” also be a viable method of energy generation? Andrew Kazantsev believes so, and he and his team are working on what they claim will “make green and cheap […]
One of the big challenges for both startups and established businesses is finding funding, whether it’s for launching a pilot project or expansion or research, and while there are a number of options available, including crowdfunding, equity investments, or conventional business loans, there is another potential source for financing an energy business. The US Department […]
Think you could come up with a top energy app? Think it’s so good you deserve some money to develop it? If so, apply for some of the $100,000 that will be awarded for top apps through the US Department of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest. Note…
A startup incubator in Somerville, MA, near Boston, is enabling entrepreneurs with potential solutions to our energy issues to prototype, test, and grow their ideas into full-blown businesses. Greentown Labs offers 24,000 square feet of space, both for prototyping and office space, shared electronics and machine shops, and access to other resources, including funding, to […]
The argument against openly sharing too much personal data is pretty strong, in terms of privacy and security concerns, but the argument for sharing our data, in order to have a more energy efficient home, a healthier lifestyle, and to save money at the same time, is equally compelling. A recent survey from Sunrun found […]
A bunker built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1943 as an air raid shelter, and then gutted four years later by a controlled demolition by the British Army, has been refitted as an “Energy Bunker” and a symbol for a cleaner and more renewable energy future. The original bunker has been serving as a war memorial […]
The Artha Venture Challenge, a national competition run by impact investment portal, the Artha Platform aims to find the most ambitious, early stage social entrepreneurs in India.
Employees congregate around the water cooler to talk about the weekend’s events, spread office gossip, or discuss the new intern’s work performance. For companies, this creates an opportunity to spread the good word about sustainability and encourage participation in company sustainability programs. As anyone who’s ever worked in an office can tell you that water […]
Pike Research, part of Navigant, recently released a White Paper that takes an in-depth view at public perception of 13 energy topics. The study uses a 1,000 person sample to show favorability and un-favorability energy topics such as transportation, renewable technology, nuclear, clean coal, and smart grid topics.
Both computer and green technologies are advancing at a steady clip, and there’s no reason they must do so independently. The problem is that many technological fields don’t really take the environment into account when training students for the career path ahead of them.
For those that want to go sustainable within the office setting and save money, there are all kinds of options to reduce waste and pollution, adopt a circular production cycle (recycling) in lieu of the traditional linear path (that leads to the landfill), and of course, conserve resources. Here are just a few of the best options for saving on energy in your office.
Today, Whitehouse.gov and Energy.gov collaborated to showcase the White House Energy Datapalooza, an event aimed at highlighting innovators and entrepreneurs that use open energy data sourced from the government. The free open energy data is being used by professionals to create and build products, services, and apps that are shaping the future of how people use energy and understand […]
OpenEI’s town hall meeting is a half-hour open forum for discussions on energy topics with NREL’s OpenEI team. Find out how your fellow researchers, students, teachers and energy professionals are using energy data, maps and tools.
This town hall will focus on how you can find and download data from related to Smartgrid.gov on OpenEI through the “Everything Bagel” view. John Lewis, Smartgrid.gov analyst, will lead the discussion and Q & A. The discussion is an open forum, so it may venture into how you can use the data on OpenEI, and what other assets may be available on OpenEI.
Imagine if, instead of browsing stocks like General Motors, Research in Motion, or Constellation Wines, investors instead took their money and invested it in a carsharing service? Or an organic farm? Impact investing, as this concept is called, has great potential to change the world. The concept has been gamified by GreenBusinessOwner.com. The result? GBO Hawaii, […]
Open Energy Information (OpenEI) is a knowledge sharing online community dedicated to connecting people with the latest information and data on energy resources from around the world. By providing access to energy-related information via geographic discovery, unique visualizations, and topic-oriented gateways, OpenEI can help you find the answers you need to make better, more informed decisions.
“Creating Innovative Models for a Sustainable Future” was one of three thematic pillars of the seventh edition of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, where business leaders agreed that more public-private partnerships (PPP) are key for a sustainable growth in Latin America, as well as sustainable transportation technologies. “There are common themes. PPPs, education…that’s […]
Money and the environment. You may think that one kind of green has absolutely nothing to do with the other, but that’s not entirely true. The very premise of greener living (and in your case, greener working) is to find a way to accomplish tasks more efficiently and to cut waste. Coincidentally, this is exactly the kind of thinking that could be saving you money as an entrepreneur.
The City of Akron, Ohio recently announced a contract with Greenstar Recycling (a local recycling facility) for processing the recyclable material picked up at the curb.Greenstar Recycling is partnering with the City of Akron to increase recycling in Ohio’s fifth largest metropolitan area and will construct a “state-of-the-art” recycling facility within the corporate limits of Akron. But this is no ordinary curb-side recycling or facility. This facility will include innovative technology that converts recovered plastic into synthetic crude oil. These services will be provided jointly by local company Vadxx Energy, LLC, and Greenstar.
The Sun Devils surely started the season right this year but in even better news, Arizona State University (ASU) has become the only higher education institution in the United States to have a solar-energy capacity exceeding 10 megawatts (MW). This is enough energy to power 2,500 Arizona homes and represents roughly 20 percent of ASU’s peak load, reducing the university’s carbon footprint between 5 to 10 percent.