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Published on July 10th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


Renewed Love For The Printed Word

July 10th, 2016 by  

The Beam

By The Beam Team

A sustainable future is on the horizon and there are truly incredible renewable energy developments coming to light every day. Every day, we’re shaking off our dependence on fossil fuels a little more, with zero-emissions energy sources set to overtake non-renewables as our main global power source. If this fascinates you, The Beam is for you.

Berlin-based renewable energy publication The Beam is the creation of CleanTechnica and the small but dynamic Beam Team — a writer, editor, researcher, and designer who collaborate to bring readers the latest in clean technology through insightful stories, impactful interviews, and beautiful design. Working in close proximity with key cleantech industry professionals, the team printed The Beam edition #1 and distributed 2,000 copies throughout Europe.

The Beam Benni Schulz“It was a small idea at first that grew very quickly after we realised there are so many people we can reach with a printed publication,” idea man Benni Schulz said. “There are great stories that we wanted to share with a wide audience in this different format to change their perception. We decided to present these stories in a modern design, and the feedback was overwhelming.”

The publication aims to make renewable energy accessible and interesting for the everyday reader. In-depth interviews from influential thinkers, articles on rapidly-evolving technological advancements, projects that are shifting global energy trends, electric cars, home batteries, as well as facts and figures about what’s around the corner are presented to readers in a uniquely designed magazine.

Together with CleanTechnica, The Beam team financed the printing and distribution of 2,000 copies of the first edition across Europe and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance edition #2. Help us bring it to the presses! Kickstarter already awarded it with “projects we love,” but we need more than that to take it to the (green) printer.

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • Benjamin David Werblow

    Is cleantechnica site shut down now? I have not seen a new article in about a week…

    • Bob_Wallace

      There have been multiple articles per day but for some strange reason two articles published on 7/10 are at the top of the home page.

      • Are Hansen

        Yes, Zachary: time to take them down. Undo the “sticky post” for this two please. Or else many (like Benjamin, and myself) think there are no new posts, and go on to other parts of the internet

  • Are Hansen

    All the best wishes to you! But do find another front page illustration…

  • I backed this project. It’s a great idea. Kudos!

  • Paul

    What about the US?

    • In the plans. Have to find partners.

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      • Zach, let’s talk on Skype or phone. I’ll help.

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        • Excellent! Will email right now.

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    • The Beam

      Dear Paul,
      for now, until we have established proper US distribution, “The international fan”-package would be the best way to get your copy of The Beam #2 delivered directly to your home.

      Hope that answers your question, if not don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Have a great day!

      Jonas, The Beam Team

      • Bob_Wallace

        And if we want to see it online?

        • nitpicker357

          … like normal people.

          • Hey nitpicker,

            sometimes it’s nice to give your eyes some rest and go back back to the roots away from the screen, hold something proper in your hands. Don’t you agree?


            The Beam 🙂

        • I imagine it can be sent as a PDF. But have to check.

        • There is a downloadable pdf version for a pledge of just €10.

        • Dear Bob!

          electric-car insider is right, you can get the downloadable version or just €10. 🙂

    • Karl the brewer

      What about the UK? 😉

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