THE TL;DR 💨: Shopify purchases carbon removal directly from individual suppliers, as well as through partnerships with companies like Puro.earth for highly local solutions like biochar.; Stacy’s take: we need to do more work on permanence research for solutions like biochar to scale in a meaningful way.
THE TL;DR 💨: Shopify’s climate program is deeply intertwined with their mission to support entrepreneursip — the company recognizes climate change as a critical threat to small businesses.; Their climate program delivers value to their merchants and “gives them superpowers” via easy access to vetted science-backed business solutions.
Bocas del Toro Province is an archipelago of islands just off the Caribbean coast of Panamá. With a rich, cultural history and home to two national parks, the province offers immense opportunity for eco tourism, scientific research, and endless recreation. In a tropical paradise such as this, growth and development is inevitable – yet Bocas shows resilience and adaptability in managing waste problems through small-scale, community-based waste management.
Possibilities for positive growth and sustainable development exist within these types of remote communities who, until very recently, did not have access to the abundant services found in other parts of the world. In taking a closer look at what has worked for Bocas in the realm of waste management (and all of its connected parts), seeds of possibility begin to sprout for conscious, dynamic startups to build regenerative businesses, rooted in community consideration.
Distributed solar power systems are instrumental in the healthy growth of small, West African communities
DayStar Power provides both solar & hybrid power solutions to reduce local companies’ dependence on fossil fuel generators
Yellow supports the residential sector with “last mile distribution” of off-grid solar and an innovative business model that empowers all of its users in local communities
We need to prioritize building a “personalization layer” between utilities and energy consumers to enable grid infrastructure renovation plans to truly reduce 40% of the US total carbon emissions
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced rules that – if enacted – would require disclosure of: Climate-related risks to the business; Direct and indirect emissions from fossil fuel use
Write to the SEC yourself by emailing comments to: [email protected]
The SEC on 21st March proposed a set of rules that will move US companies toward a financial reckoning with their use of fossil fuels and with the growing climate crisis.
This article is intended to explore emerging trends in nuclear energy and explain their importance in decarbonizing power and heat generation.
The new conservation ties old-school conservation ideology with modern-day cleantech company growth strategies. Marrying to two enables the new and novel definition of The New Conservaton
Electric Vehicles – If It Doesn’t Make Dollars, it Doesn’t Make Sense.
What makes hydrogen unique is the science isn’t new and, depending on the application, is proven to work. More than 90m tonnes are produced each year, resulting in revenues of over $150bn.
The majority of that production comes from producing ammonia, a foundational ingredient in artificial fertilizer.
There is a tremendous opportunity to further invest in Food & Ag, solve one of the world’s biggest problems and have a net positive impact on our planet.
That is until now, as Seaworthy Collective, an ocean technology venture studio and startup community, opens with its first cohort to build entrepreneurs in BlueTech and an ecosystem of experts and innovators to make real change to Earth’s largest aquatic environment.
Kolbert describes her project as “a book about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems.”
For many countries like the US, or places like the EU, policy becomes the primary driver in enabling a transition away from fossil fuels. This is where a country like Bhutan can provide valuable insights though it is vastly different in its economic and political structure.
Bhutan is carbon negative and produces 99% of it’s energy needs from hydro
The new Green EU Deal, announced in July, has as one of its aims, setting a high new price for carbon emissions. If it succeeds in raising the price, not even as far as it aims, it’ll make it a lot easier for clean technologies to prosper.
Climate tech startups have always had to navigate multiple ‘valleys of death’ to create successful business models. With all the attention and momentum there currently is around the world to manage carbon as well as water, these startups, and those similar to them should find it a lot easier to get the funding, talent, customers, and partners they need. Necessity, perhaps.
Revel is a transportation company that’s electrifying cities through charging infrastructure and shared electric vehicle fleets. Starting on August 2nd, Revel will be launching an app-based car service for 50 Tesla Model Y SUVs in New York.
the announcement of a European Green Deal. The coverage mentioned pronouncements of accelerated targets for reduced carbon output, and so on. The news cycle moved on.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently published Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector. The IEA makes the case that in order to reach net zero by 2050, we need to accelerate the development and deployment of clean technologies by 2030 – essentially, we should be focusing our efforts today on technologies already in the market, as well as technologies that are market-ready.
Professor Pomponi was well within his means to maintain his professional inertia and become a prominent academic in life cycle analysis and the built environment, but he has recently joined Extantia Capital as Head of Carbon Maths to go directly to the carbon war.
Consumerism is rampant and is contributing to climate issues. Amazon is one of the biggest e-commerce businesses in the US—in 2020, Amazon captured 49.1% of the market.
Recent news shows some governments cutting back on subsidies for oil and gas companies. But these are small moves, given the vast scale of the subsidies showered on fossil fuel companies, and they’re not yet cemented in place.
As corporations tackle climate change, many industries and verticals can leverage new technologies in their day-to-day operations to reduce their emissions and costs while increasing safety. Drones, a subcategory of autonomous vehicles, can play both a direct and tangential benefit in the environmental space through a variety of alternatives to “business as usual” with some being implemented at scale while others still being tested. Drones are particularly interesting because they touch both the consumer and enterprise verticals, meaning they can have broad reach and appeal.
Change happens gradually, and then suddenly. This week, the endgame for oil companies became a lot closer and a lot more evident, suddenly, discontinuously, a jump.
The Doughnut Economics model–a framework represented by an area between two rings (hence the name “doughnut”) in which an economy is considered prosperous if all 12 of its designated social foundations are met without overshooting its nine major ecological capital ceilings.
From talking to hundreds of founders over the last couple years, I’ve learned that one of the biggest challenges to technology adoption is educating consumers. Education is key for changing consumer behavior.
The fossil fuel executives’ answers mostly spoke to keeping their businesses vibrant in the context of an energy transition away from oil and gas. They described capital spending peaks on oil and gas production. They didn’t push back on the need to transition beyond fossil fuels.
Many have asked whether electrolysis technologies would see cost reduction curves similar to solar panels (solar) or wind turbines (wind).
During Climate Change, it may be more about where you live and your geographic susceptibility to strengthening natural disasters or rising sea levels.
How to value a climate-normalizing technology, or enterprise?
The pre-pandemic world of May 2019 might seem like an eon ago but it is less than two years since Beyond Meat went public and kicked off an explosion in the alternative protein market. We’ve since seen a proliferation of start-ups tackling plant-based meat and dairy, as well as a burgeoning cultured meat space.
Many organizations are rushing to figure out how to install direct current fast chargers (DCFC) to meet the rising demand for EV charging.
Plastic isn’t the only thing we recycle. Glass, paper and aluminum can all be recycled. So why do we only hear about issues with plastic? There are several reasons plastic is the problem child of recycling.
Today, the push to replace a white with a green collar is real and that is great. Yet, the titles on green job boards sound quite familiar: data scientist, designer, product owner, project or sales manager.
Volkswagen held its first ‘Power Day’ event on March 15th 2021. The CEO announced, “e-mobility has won the race” and laid out the company’s vision for battery technology, charging infrastructure, and expanding its own battery manufacturing capacity.
Biden’s Climate Tax Plan | How Attacking Profit Shifting Unlocks Billions In Clean Infrastructure Financing
The Made In America Tax Plan Banks On Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies And Re-Working Existing Investment Tax Credits (ITCs)
Globally, wave energy has a theoretical capacity to create 2 TW of power. By capturing even a fraction of this, wave energy collection systems can become a legitimate, reliable source of power for microgrids, coastal nations, and island nations.
HG Ventures launched back in 2018 as the corporate venture arm of the Heritage Group, a multibillion-dollar private Midwest conglomerate in the traditional industrial sectors of construction, environmental services and specialty chemicals.
On March 5, 2021, The Department of Energy (DoE) announced a $24 million investment in carbon capture technologies.
The huge elephant in the room with solar panels is what happens when a solar panel reaches the end of life?
There is a gap between lab-scale prototypes and fully commercialized plants/processes with predictable performance and economics.
Ampaire, an Elemental Excelerator portfolio company with $7M+ from NASA and backed by Techstars, is has been innovating in the space.
Manufacturers have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics over the last 60 years. In the last four decades, global plastic production has quadrupled. If this trend continues, plastic manufacturing will make up 15% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The cleantech community was shaken today when Eric Wesoff announced on his new blog that GreenTech Media was shutting down.
Carbon capture technologies is an emerging market in the cleantech space that needs to be watched as it is likely to be instrumental in enabling a future that actually results in a world where our climate crisis has been avoided.
Ando (backed by Jigar Shah) and Atmos (Led by Ravi Mikkelsen & Pete Hellwig) offer savings accounts that are designed to help you grow your money and help the environment at the same time.
ZeroAvia, raised a $37.7M Series A, backed by some big investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon Climate Pledge Fund, Shell Ventures, and Ecosystem Integrity Fund.
On Monday evening this week Congress passed a bill that extends the solar ITC at 26% out for another 2 years.
QuantumScape recently announced their breakthrough in developing a solid state battery cell. This new cell can charge to 80% within 15 minutes – while also packing an energy density significantly higher than the best lithium ion batteries on the market. Why does this matter? This would be significant for EVs entering into the market should these […]
This $100M round led by Sidewalk Labs – the same firm that tried building a “smart city” in Toronto – is going to help OhmConnect subsidize and front the cost of deploying smart thermostats.
Microgrids are an emerging grid architecture as we are learning day by day. More utilities are beginning to see the advantages of having such an architecture available for them to load balance and deliver a higher level of resilience to their customers than ever before. Southern Company’s subsidiary Mississippi Power is currently piloting “smart neighborhoods” where Tesla […]
Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) is already a leader in the hydrogen space and expected to be one of the behemoths going forward focused on building out a truly green hydrogen network.
Earlier this year California passed a mandate to phase out the sale of gas powered vehicles by 2035. With President-Elect Joe Biden winning the election it’s no surprise of the timing that these 28 companies joined forces to help drive legislation to ban the sale of gas powered vehicles by 2030.
The rise of solar farms grid wide happened in the early 2000s and really kicked into high gear in the early 2010s.
The need for sustainable food is growing. Not only is sustainable food generally better for overall health, but it also has a better impact on the environment in terms of resource usage.
PanelClaw one of the remaining few independent solar racking companies in the industry globally has reportedly been acquired by Esdec.
For years people were short on Apple, Amazon, Tesla (still are) and many other companies that still stand tall and strong today.
Net Metering has been one of the big value contributors in the residential solar market. Allowing homeowners to receive equal bill credits for every kWh of energy they send back into the grid via a Net Metering program makes the incentive to go solar easy to understand.
Net Zero commitments are the new fad this year for companies. According to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), more than 1,500 companies have committed to net-zero emissions.
Nextera is now larger than ExxonMobil based on market capitalization.
The evidence in the Hidenburg report show how the company has been faking videos of it’s trucks functioning, lying to people about the tech they have, and manipulating the “booked revenue” Nikola has closed on.
We can look to where Europe is today to see where the US will be in a couple years with regards to food waste. There will be a big evolution in consumer sentiment toward sustainability and food waste.
Quantumscape is currently going public via a newly popularized SPAC route – something Nikola (NKLA) and other clean tech companies have been utilizing.
In Vectren’s territory, based on reports from Lawrence Berkley, solar is actually worth $0.13/kWh.
The rolling blackouts were claimed to have been both for power safety, but also because of capacity based issues. This claim that capacity was the issue was being challenged by “experts” that monitor and watch the grid – claiming that capacity wasn’t the issue but a grid management issue that caused the need for the outages.
This past week death valley recorded 130 F temp numbers and due to this excessive heat crazy thunderstorms and weather patterns seem to be on the horizon, especially for Northern California. The California ISO even declared a stage 3 emergency to protect the grid from causing wildfires or entirely collapsing due to excessive heat.
Amazon partners with Vector to make all of Australia a smart grid; Tesla may become a utility in Germany; Microsoft is committed to the hydrogen economy
Hanwa Q Cells buy one of the last standing battery optimization software companies – Geli OS.
Vermont is the first state to enact an organic waste ban. The goal is to prevent food waste being sent to landfills. In 2012, the state of Vermont passed the Universal Recycling Law
NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo sent out one of the largest solicitations for renewable energy within the state of NY. In turn setting the bar for what kind of actions need to be taken to address climate change across the US and abroad.
Ford really did the trick this week with exciting car enthusiasts across the US in the new all electric Ford Mustang Mach E.
UC Berkeley and Gridlab have published a new report that challenges previous plans to decarbonize the grid. With the latest renewable energy and battery prices, the US can reach 90% clean electricity by 2035, compared to 2050, by installing 70 GW of new renewable energy infrastructure each year.
The nationally covered blackouts in The Bay Area last year was a pivotal point for accelerating policy & enabling battery storage to surge in popularity.
Oatly just raised $200 million at a $2 billion valuation, effective selling a 10% stake in the company. The Blackstone Group led the round of fundraising, along with other backers – Howard Schultz, Oprah Winfrey, Roc Nation, Natalie Portman, Orkila Capital, and Rabo Corporate Investments.
This past week has shed light on how across the US hydrogen is making its mark today and where all its breaking ground.
Direct air capture technology is commercially ready for deployment. Companies have proposed at least 30 carbon capture projects to date.
Net Zero Communities are developments or pilots that have been actively piloted in various parts of the world, but still today the value prop of buying a net zero home hasn’t been fully developed.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science suggests that planting 1 trillion trees could have a massive effect on climate change.
With capital from ABB to Khosla Ventures – Natron is hoping their Persian Blue & Sodium Ion based battery can out perform Lithium in reactivity, used minerals and environmental risk.
Sunrun to acquire Vivint Solar for $3.2 Billion which would push Sunrun to 500,000 customers and more than 3 GW of assets on their books. The combined value of Sunrun + Vivint pushes it to an estimated $9.2 Billion based on the closing price July 6, 2020.
Energy Storage is one of the biggest technological advancements we are watching today.
NREL and other labs are also pushing forward on evaluating thermal energy. Companies like Brayton Energy & Echogen have also been participating in various grants to develop a thermal energy storage system with a target price of $0.05/kWh
oday the predominate way of approaching grid modernization is adding IoT like capabilities to as much of the grid as possible, adding new solar and wind farms where possible to fill energy demand and shifting to natural gas as opposed to coal.
When you think about cheaper batteries and where our modern day Energy Storage Solutions will come from, most might think of a PhD student with his graduate students inventing a new material that enables high energy density battery cells at record low prices.
In 2020, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is forecasting that renewables will surpass coal in energy generation.
EV adoption is on a rise, but no where near to effect true impact on the path of grid modernization and combating climate change.
Nanogrids are the new rage with a number of companies emerging with solutions to provide utilities the ability to control and operate home energy loads
Lordstown motors revealed their Electric Pickup truck paired with a politcal rally. It’s interesting because its trying not to be more than a pickup truck.
Solar installers across the US are suprised about Tesla’s claim of “lowest price solar” yeilding concerns about over promising and under delivering.
Enel will begin with 2 – 3 projects first before they decide if now is the right time to invest into more projects. It all comes down to economics.
Lyft or Uber will likely never replace publicly funded transport. But if they enter from a sustainability angle where the state doesn’t have to invest their tax payers money into a large fleet of EVs it could open up the states that didn’t sign up for the ride share hype early on.
Earlier in May, the Trump administration approved Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project. This will be the largest solar project in the United States and will be the eighth-largest solar project in the world when completed. The project will produce 690 MW of electricity, be capable of 380 MWh of battery storage, and annually offset 385,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (about the same as the emissions from 83,000 cars).
Tesla has begun to cancel and refund deposits made on the Tesla Solar Roofs to people who had put money down years ago.
California is doing everything they can to provide increased resilience to wildfire impact communities.
NKLA this past week reached $79.73/share and fetched a valuation of over $22B – putting it in the value range of Ford.
Solar and battery storage groups and environmental activists aren’t letting PG&E deploy natural gas based generators to ensure resiliency – citing that it doesn’t help get California closer to their aggressive renewable energy goals.
As cities, states, and countries slowly start to open back up, many governments are reassessing transportation. As travel habits have been disrupted, there is the opportunity to influence and shape the future of commuting and transportation.
With supply chains being disrupted and reduced on site staff – O&M teams that are typically out sourced by large asset owners have seen a big hit in their ability to continue to handle maintenance on these systems.
Net metering might get overhauled to a point where it will most definitely be more valuable to include battery storage or utilize load shaping technologies to get the best value from your solar system.
The pandemic has disrupted supply chains and shifted demand and supply of goods. As a result, manufacturers are stepping up to try to piece together the fragmented supply chain and fulfill an increased demand in goods. Many of these goods consist of plastic, including PPE (gloves and masks) and plastic packaging for consumer-packaged goods (food and cleaning supplies).
If the settlement passes state regulators – Xcel energy has scoped with the help of multiple parties, a $23.4M Micro-grid development plan.
Tesla is basically the Apple of cars – rather than partner with other companies, build it inhouse. Tesla finally is beginning to introduce Vehicle to Grid capabilities to their model 3s in the field.
Nano-grids are now becoming all the rage in the market with companies like Span.IO, TouchLight, Peerless-AV and others joining the journey to make the grid optional.
Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, pledged $10 billion to fight climate change and created the Bezos Earth Fund. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced a $1 billion climate innovation fund. And many other companies followed. The money is there, all that is left are the actions.
Frontier technology is always “almost” here, but the conversation around a 1 Million Mile Battery Pack has heated up with an old incumbent – GE – joining the conversation. We all have heard of Tesla working on a Million Mile pack, but even with significant jumps in energy density of a single cell it still feels that it will take years before we hear about cars with Million Mile ranges on their packs.
The goal is to get out of survival mode – mindfulness is a great practice to decompress
The IEA does warn that there may be a rebound in emissions, and this rebound could be larger than the decline.
A new study published in the journal PLoS One, found that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of micro-plastics could be blowing ashore on the sea breeze every year.
Climate change means heat – lesser thought of, is that it also means humidity.
Two fights in California to keep an eye on this week – one in natural gas and the other against Tesla.
Two fights in California to keep an eye on this week – one in natural gas and the other against Tesla.
Google has been carbon neutral since 2007, and now Google is working on 24/7 carbon-free energy.
It can be tough to get into the zone and sometimes impossible to measure up to pre-COVID levels. But we live in a different world now – life is different, so productivity needs to be measured differently, too.
You probably know about the giant floating Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But not all Plastic floats. Human activity is creating garbage patches on the ocean floor, too. Specifically micro-plastics. Specifically in biodiversity hotspots.
In times of uncertainty, you just might be crazy enough to consider purchasing that Tesla Model 3 you’ve been dreaming of. But what exactly does making that purchase mean?
How often do you need to charge the vehicle? How far can you go without recharging? At your destination, are there EV chargers? These just may be some of the questions you think about.
There are some startups that are working on this line of issues, known as range anxiety.
Fascinating week in oil! As you may have seen in the headlines, oil prices went negative. Specifically West Texas Intermediate (the benchmark for US crude oil) oil price went negative for two days because they’re traded as futures contracts. Production has barely changed but usage has sunk so we have way more supply than we can even […]
For a little more than 10 years now we have been hearing the conversation of “flow batteries will beat out lithium ion batteries in the market”.
Sometimes we need a little break from the news. There’s no good about the unseen enemy that leaves serious illness, death, and mass anxiety in its wake (and that just COVID-19 – we’re not even going to start on the economy).
Net Zero for Shell by 2050 – but still doesn’t meet expectations outlined in the Paris Agreement. However a heavy dose of skepticism is required.
Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since WWII. Some projections expect that we could see up to a 5% drop in carbon dioxide emissions this year.
California is taking a different direction and is making more investments in battery-based grids. Using battery plants in power peaks is still mostly uncharted territory, but that’s right where the new battery project is aiming. Clean Power Alliance Executive Director Ted Bardacke told Greentech Media, that the goal is to show California that battery plants can […]
Europe, still on track with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C, are more committed than ever and are starting the process of phasing out coal plants. What’s going to replace them? Many companies and countries are betting on carbon-free hydrogen. The Netherlands calculates that gases will still make up 30-50% of […]
Times of crisis mean disrupted supply chains and resource shortages. In World War II US, that meant metal and rubber drives to collect scarce resources to be recycled for military purposes. Salvaged kitchen fat used to produce glycerin for drugs and explosives; pots, pans, car bumpers, and toys being melted down for steel; and “victory” or […]
Vehicle to Grid & Vehicle to Building technology has become a new emerging technology that has come with the rise of Electric Vehicles. The concept is simple – if I am driving around a 100 kWh battery pack in my EV why can’t I use that stored power to run my home or help the utility […]
Tesla doesn’t stay out of the news, and nowadays we typically want to avoid the daily digest of Musk’s tweets unless it gives us a way to introduce some progress in a space that is beneficial to the de-carbonization & resilience efforts associated with the Electric Grid. And some results about their pilot in Australia with […]
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the whole stigma around hydrogen isn’t the greatest. We’ve reported something similar with Volkswagen tearing into the “Hydrogen for passenger vehicles” debate. But we are extremely bullish on the value hydrogen will bring to the decarbonization value “green hydrogen” will bring to the market. As a more energy-dense & lighter storage source […]
Tesla Model Y rollout is really starting to roll and reviews are pouring in! In short? People Love it. The Model 3 is the best selling electric car in the world and was the 9th best selling of all cars in the US in 2019. Pair that with the massive popularity of crossovers in the […]
Economically, Coal is Out Right now, in every major market, it’s cheaper to make new investments in renewables than in coal. According to Carbon Tracker, if governments and investors don’t cancel coal projects they stand to lose more than $600 billion. AND by 2030 it will be cheaper to build new renewable energy than to […]
We Can Restore Our Ocean’s Within 30 Years – But We Have To Act Now A major new scientific review says that we have a narrow window of opportunity to be able to restore the world’s oceans to their “former glory” within a generation. So we have this window – what’s the prescription? In order to […]
There’s no getting around the fact: renewable energy required grids have long-duration storage, and we just don’t have that infrastructure in place yet. It makes sense – operating a fully renewable grid is a lot different than running one fossil-fuel based. For starters, where operators could power up and down a natural gas plant however […]
Damn it, Jim, we’re – well, no, we’re not doctors. And we’re not here to talk about COVID19 itself, but the effects it has on industries. This week, COVID19: The Solar Edition. California Usually Has Too Much Solar Energy – COVID19 Means Wasting Even More of it. Even in a normal year, California grid operator CAISO […]
Musk made a claim that Tesla is going to start to explore a whole-house HEPA filter/Air Purifier HVAC solution.
Volkswagen stands tall against the hydrogen for passenger vehicles. With the big “point” they make being: wheel to wheel efficiency and existing infrastructure.
Last week we talked about how lower economic activity can mean lower emissions (until they come roaring back on the up-turn). It’s – at the very least – a slim silver lining to economic disruption. But the white house has different plans. EPA Suspends Environmental Rules Enforcement In Response To Covid19 Last week we talked […]
We are in some interesting times especially when we look at the solar industry. Is the cost of solar going to skyrocket now that demand has dropped?
It really should be no surprise to you that people are just not buying solar right now and the industry has come to a somewhat “slow” point due to Covid-19.
Massachusetts solar had a rough year. In 2019, new installations fell 50% and the sector’s workforce shrank by 30% – and not from lack of interest!
You’ve seen the memes (even we couldn’t help ourselves at the top of this post): as industries slow, people fly less, and emissions fall. There’s truth that lower economic activity can mean lower emissions (especially when people aren’t allowed out of their house to commute an hour to work), but unless we get serious about […]
You may not have heard about Nikola Motor Company since 2016 when they announced their hydrogen Nikola One truck or 2018 when they sued Tesla over their Semi.
Jinko Solar announced their new residential line of panels that can push up to 16% more power than traditional panels, while crossing the 400W mark.