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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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The Teething Problems Of Mexico’s Energy Transition

September 18th, 2018 | by The Beam

In the four years since the Mexican energy reform, renewables have become part of the energy mix. Yet only 18% of energy comes from renewable resources, and their growth has been constrained by the ghost of the CFE and the inefficient national grid.


Has Germany Proven That Auction Schemes Can Work For Community Energy?

September 14th, 2018 | by The Beam

Since 2014, when the reform process of the German Renewable Energy Act was proposed, the reform has been widely criticized by proponents and advocates of community energy projects, which number well over 1,000 across Germany. Community energy advocates feared that smaller community actors would not be able to compete with large corporate investors in the tender process


Climate Change Is Already Impacting People & Leading To Environmental Migration

September 11th, 2018 | by The Beam

Sieun Lee is a Programme Officer of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Sieun first delved into the topic of environmental migration in 2009, while initially researching about climate change negotiations. While reading key climate change decisions and policies, she realized that the human face of climate change was largely absent in dialogues and on paper


The Paintbrush: An Unexpected New Tool For City Planners

September 4th, 2018 | by The Beam

By bringing nature back into cities and working with water, rather than against it, cities can improve livability for citizens, and create greater resilience for urban centers. There are also many examples coming to light demonstrating that yellow, red, and white infrastructure are on the rise too. Cities are changing the whole concept of infrastructure, and planners are painting their way to resilient, low-carbon futures


To Dam Or Not To Dam?

September 3rd, 2018 | by The Beam

Dams are not a fatality, nor is this technology a problem in itself, but we should think of how to slowly move away from them, before we are moved by them


Toward A More Democratized Energy World

August 31st, 2018 | by The Beam

If Jochen believes it’s the right thing, he likes to convince others of the same. First it was co-founder Hendrik Sämisch to realise their vision of a Virtual Power Plant, then investors helped move the vision along. Today, Next Kraftwerke aggregates and sells electricity from almost 5,000 independent renewable energy generators all over Europe.


Growing Without Farming

August 27th, 2018 | by The Beam

Our modular farms plug into existing infrastructure and are easily deployed into a given space, often directly at the point of sale. The individual farms are connected to each other through our central farming platform, creating a first of its kind self-optimizing farming network. Our unique cognitive platform orchestrates the network and leverages a sophisticated mesh of sensors and IoT technologies to improve itself over time. Each individual farm acts as a data pipeline, sending information on plant growth to our platform allowing it to learn, adjust, and optimize


Solar Startups Are Plugging Africa’s Energy Gap

August 23rd, 2018 | by The Beam

Life without electricity can be dangerous and difficult. While Scranton, Pennsylvania earned the moniker “Electric City” in 1880, 90% of rural Americans still lacked power by the 1940s. When the wealthiest nation is just a few decades removed from full electrification, does this make electrifying Africa, where nearly 600 million live without it, the world’s most urgent yet daunting developmental challenge


Blockchain: The Internet Of Assets Reminds Us To Look Back At Industrial Revolutions

August 22nd, 2018 | by The Beam

Although contributions to digitalization debates often address imminent risks, I would actually like to focus on the opportunities. It is notably the renewable energies which stand to profit from these opportunities  --  which I refer to as financial real asset investments. Just like the “Internet of Things,” the “Internet of Assets” combines the virtual and real worlds. It is the FinTechs (financial technologies) which are seizing upon the opportunity to disrupt the structures of the financial industry — which have been the status quo since the last industrial revolution of the 19th Century


A Late Start: Renewable Energy Development In Vietnam

August 21st, 2018 | by The Beam

Located on the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is maybe not the first country you think of when talking about renewable energy and cleantech development. However, Vietnam is privileged regarding its unexplored potential for diverse renewable energy sources


Designing Post-Carbon Dunkirk With Students From TU Delft

August 18th, 2018 | by The Beam

Taking the concept and historical analysis of the petroleumscape as the point of departure, the twelve week Master-level design studio “Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Oil” tackled the question of the future of post-oil cities at TU Delft. This time they looked at Dunkirk, a city in Northern France, where hazardous industries, refineries, huge steel plants, petroleum tanks, and other industrial structures have long dominated the landscape.


Future Of Food: Insects On The Menu

August 17th, 2018 | by The Beam

With world populations soaring, food production is set to see a bigger demand in our lifetime. But with land scarcity, overfishing, and threats from climate change, traditional animal farming is unsustainable, and organizations such as the United Nations believe it imperative to find new ways of sourcing food. Could the answer lie in insects



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