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The Beam The Beam Magazine is a quarterly print publication that takes a modern perspective on the energy transition. From Berlin we report about the people, companies and organizations that shape our sustainable energy future around the world. The team is headed by journalist Anne-Sophie Garrigou and designer Dimitris Gkikas. The Beam works with a network of experts and contributors to cover topics from technology to art, from policy to sustainability, from VCs to cleantech start ups. Our language is energy transition and that's spoken everywhere. The Beam is already being distributed in most countries in Europe, but also in Niger, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Japan, Chile and the United States. And this is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future development and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Medium.

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5 Of Tomorrow’s Best Sustainable Innovations

November 21st, 2017 | by The Beam

In this list, the innovations of tomorrow are reaping the sun’s power, reusing raw materials and reinventing new technology. The innovative minds behind all of these sustainable solutions have spent years trying find ways to make things a little bit better.

Electric Mobility & Decentralized Purchasing Of Electricity With Ubitricity

November 18th, 2017 | by The Beam

Frank Pawlitschek and Knut Hechtfischer co-founded ubitricity in 2008 with the vision of smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles (EVs) everywhere EV-users go. Both attorneys at trade, the two founders decided to joined forces and combine Knut’s passion for renewables and Frank’s experience in the startup industry to build something together.

New Ridesharing App Less Raises $19 Million In First Funding Round

November 16th, 2017 | by The Beam

Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, the founder and former CEO of French commerce marketing startup Criteo, has just launched a new startup called Less, along with Romain Niccoli, Francis Cohen, and Florent Bouteiller. The fledgling startup has already managed to raise $19 million in a funding round, with the investment coming from two sources -- Daphni and Index Ventures.

How To Save Electricity Costs With Microgrids In Commercial & Industrial Applications (Upcoming Webinar)

November 13th, 2017 | by The Beam

Commercial and industrial facilities depend on reliable and affordable electricity for efficient operations. Instabilities in the grid, like power outages and unexpected voltage fluctuations force commercial and industrial businesses to rely on backup power solutions (usually fossil fuel based, increasing their costs and harming the environment). But now the advent of modern microgrids offers businesses improved options with real potential

Waymo Teams Up With AutoNation To Service Fleet Of Autonomous Vehicles

November 13th, 2017 | by The Beam

In another move that hints at how close self-driving cars may be to reality, Google/Alphabet-owned Waymo has announced a deal with AutoNation, the largest auto dealer in the US, to service its fleet of vehicles. The multiyear arrangement means that AutoNation will now be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the increasing number of Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that are on the roads

5 Steps To Close The Electricity & Clean Cooking Access Gap

November 12th, 2017 | by The Beam

A new report analyzes finance flows for electricity and clean cooking access in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, demonstrates the significant access gaps, and shows how finance strategies could be scaled and refined to reach more people, more affordably, with sustainable energy

Seizing The Initiative To Create Better Cleantech Policies In Germany

November 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

With their disruptive ideas and unconventional approaches, startups and young companies can make a decisive contribution to turning around the energy, mobility, and resource (recycling) sector, as well as ecological modernization worldwide. However, they are often hampered by regulatory hurdles that can provide protection for conventional business models and technologies for many decades.

Powering Up Puerto Rico: Rebuilding A Broken Island

November 6th, 2017 | by The Beam

Puerto Rico stands at a very interesting juncture. Does it rebuild its power infrastructure according to traditional, centralized models, where in this case most of the power was generated in the south of the island and most of the demand came from the north, or does it embrace a wholly new model?

Italy To Phase Out Coal By 2025

October 30th, 2017 | by The Beam

In an announcement widely celebrated as great news for the climate, Italy’s economic development minister confirmed that his country is committed to phasing out coal and will end all use by 2025. However, the strategy of how the country expects to meet this commitment has yet to be revealed.

World’s 8th Largest Bank Ceases Funding For Tar Sands Pipelines

October 30th, 2017 | by The Beam

On Wednesday October 11th, banking giant BNP Paribas announced that it is cutting ties with companies whose main business is connected with shale and/or oil from tar sands. The move has been lauded by climate activists around the world, who are calling for other banks to follow BNP Paribas’ example

Nissan Is The Latest Big Name To Join Formula E

October 27th, 2017 | by The Beam

Nissan will be the first Japanese automotive brand to take part in Formula E, showing the growing global appeal of the series and mirroring the expansion of the electric vehicle market in general.

Solar-Powered Sion Completes Successful Test-Drive Tour

October 26th, 2017 | by The Beam

Sono Motors is approaching the end of a successful test drive tour of its new Sion all-electric vehicle. The tour has stopped off at 12 cities in six countries throughout Europe, and it will make its final stop in Zurich from the 24th to the 27th of October

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