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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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100% Renewable Electricity Worldwide Is A New Cost-Effective Reality

February 16th, 2018 | by The Beam

A first of its kind study simulating a global electricity system based entirely on renewable energy on an hourly basis throughout a whole year shows that the existing renewable energy potential and technologies, including storage, are able to generate sufficient and secure power supply worldwide by 2050.

Other Than Bitcoin, What Else Can Blockchain Do? Think Solar Energy.

February 6th, 2018 | by The Beam

One industry which is actively working with Blockchain technology is the energy sector, a traditionally “un-innovative” sector with well established near-monopolies. In this sector, Blockchain is already enabling peer-to-peer energy transactions between neighbors. Imagine that your solar panels are going to deliver energy to the grid and/or charge your batteries at the most convenient time. And it all lies in the palm of your hand

Ethiopia: The Energy Revolution Starts At The Bazaar

February 4th, 2018 | by The Beam

A fast growing market for solar products is driving an energy revolution in Ethiopia. Like many low-income countries, Ethiopia is a point of focus for international development and finance agencies as well as donors. Such organizations are channeling tens of millions of dollars to Ethiopia for energy access

Can The Brooklyn Microgrid Project Revolutionize The Energy Market?

February 2nd, 2018 | by The Beam

A New York-based energy project built on blockchain is currently attempting to create peer-to-peer marketplaces for distributed energy. As the global energy market is still trapped in a previous era and needs an urgent and thorough redesign, the Brooklyn Microgrid could be a game changer

Empower Generation: Women Are Leading The Energy Revolution In Nepal

January 29th, 2018 | by The Beam

Only by reducing energy poverty and empowering women entrepreneurship a real social and economic development can be achieved. We spoke with Anya Cherneff, Executive Director of Empower Generation, a US nonprofit social enterprise with affiliates in Nepal, which aims to empower women to set up businesses selling solar energy products in rural communities

Africa’s Bright Prospects For 2018

January 25th, 2018 | by The Beam

As we start 2018, there is good news and bad news. First, the bad news. There is a lot to do. An estimated 600 million Africans do not have access to electricity that would allow them to be productive contributors to the economy. Roughly the same number of Africans also lack access to clean cooking fuels. The good news is that the solutions are not beyond our reach

Cleantech: Reaching A Zero Carbon Economy

December 13th, 2017 | by The Beam

Major cities all around the world will play an increasingly important role in addressing the challenges of climate change in the near future, and Berlin is at the forefront of this race to reach a zero carbon economy. The German capital wants to be seen as a pioneer, and is the ideal example to illustrate that even large urban areas can achieve climate neutrality.

The Impacts Of Bringing Electricity To Rural & Vulnerable Populations

December 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

Today we’re able to build self-driving trucks, to communicate with smart humanoids, and to play video games with virtual reality technologies. Yet there are 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity across the world (IEA and World Bank, 2017). That’s one in every five people, most of them living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, they rely on kerosene, candles, and battery torches for essential lighting.

Bertrand Piccard’s New Idea To Drive The Energy Transition Forward

December 7th, 2017 | by The Beam

Following the success of the first ever solar flight around the world, the famous pilot Bertrand Piccard has officially launched the second phase of its action  -- the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions  --  with the goal of selecting 1000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, and bring them to decision makers at COP24 to encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Protecting People Living In Small Island Developing States From The Health Impacts Of Climate Change

December 5th, 2017 | by The Beam

“People living in Small Island Developing States are on the frontline of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and increased risk of infectious disease,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “We owe it to these people to do everything we can to help them prepare for the future that is already washing up on their shores.”

Photo Essay From COP23 In Bonn

November 29th, 2017 | by The Beam

“As a journalist and a writer, I can’t stop thinking that sometimes, pictures are at least as powerful as words.” Anne-Sophie Garrigou, Editor-In-Chief of The Beam, brought back some pictures from her visit to COP23 in Bonn.

Dressing Down Dirty Fashion

November 27th, 2017 | by The Beam

We’ve been inspired by organizations that base their entire business model on ethical and sustainable practices, from addressing the origin of materials, to providing safe and fair working conditions, and focusing on minimal environmental impact. As their initiatives inspire more and more people and companies, we can hopefully one day see dirty fashion as a thing of the past

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